The University provides a limited number of graduate assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and graduate research assistantships for qualified graduate students. Stipends vary according to assignment and educational level of the applicant. Information regarding appointment procedures and remuneration is also located in the Graduate Catalog. Graduate programs are designed to enhance the student's scholarly and professional development. An assistantship should serve as an instrument to facilitate this development. A graduate assistant is both a student and a faculty member. As a student, the assistant is expected to maintain high academic standards to retain the assistantship. As a faculty member, the assistant is expected to complete teaching and research responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
Assignments and responsibilities will enhance the assistant's scholarship and professional development. For the graduate teaching assistant, the teaching assignment should provide opportunity for obtaining depth of knowledge within the academic discipline. For the graduate research assistant, the research project should ideally result in a professional paper, thesis, or dissertation. The assistant receives a stipend for contributing to the teaching and research mission of the University.
Types of Graduate Assistants
The University recognizes three types of graduate assistants:
- A graduate teaching assistant will be employed as the teacher of record. As the teacher of record, the graduate teaching assistant is responsible for assigning final grades. Work units are determined in the same way as for a regular faculty member. The graduate teaching assistant is assigned undergraduate courses to teach. Exceptions to this policy are made only with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. The assistant is required to document all student contact hours.
- A graduate assistant will not be considered to be the teacher of record. The graduate assistant will be paid from Instructional Funds. The graduate assistant will work in direct support of instruction and will assist students on a daily basis. The primary purpose of the graduate assistant should not be to do filing and clerical work. Graduate assistants will be subject to all other policies concerning graduate assistants.
- A graduate research assistant is employed in conjunction with the research of a faculty member in a capacity that enhances the student's career and educational development. Duties vary depending on the type of research project and may include laboratory experiments, library searches, data entry, preparation of reports, and other relevant assignments.
General Criteria for Graduate Assistants
- The student must be admitted to graduate school.
- The student must be in good academic standing at TWU. A student who is on scholastic probation may not hold a graduate assistantship.
- A student who is employed full-time in any position cannot be appointed as a full-time graduate teaching assistant. A student who holds a full-time position may hold a graduate research assistantship.
- A student is not permitted to hold a graduate assistantship at TWU concurrently with an assistantship at any other college or university or with a student assistantship at TWU.
Special criteria for graduate teaching assistants assigned primary responsibility for teaching a course for credit and assigning final grades include the following:
- The student should have earned at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit in the teaching field.
- Preferably the student will have had teaching experience in the specialty area.
- The student whose primary language is not English should have demonstrated proficiency in English as described in the Graduate Catalog and as mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.