Graduate assistantships involve 20 hours of work a week during the fall and spring semesters. The 20 hours may be divided between research and teaching, or all 20 hours may be in either teaching or research. A teaching assistantship typically involves helping a faculty member advise students (e.g., holding office hours), grading exams, giving guest lectures, and administrative tasks such as keeping track of grades. A research assistantship typically involves assisting a faculty member with running experiments, coding data, or organizing bibliographic materials.
Graduate assistants must maintain full-time student status (8 graduate hours minimum) and be in good academic standing (see our Graduate Handbook, available here, for further details). Graduate assistants may not accept any other employment on campus without prior approval from the department and Graduate Studies Office. First-time graduate assistants must attend and successfully complete the university's Graduate Student Orientation (GSO), a workshop held the week prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. For attending, graduate assistants receive a $500.00 advance from the stipend at the end of the orientation program. The remainder of the annual stipend will be paid in equal installments semimonthly. Failure to attend all GSO sessions will result in the forfeiture of the $500.00 advance.
For all International students: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires Kent State University to make this offer contingent upon proof of work authorization. This will be verified during the Graduate Student Orientation mentioned above. Absent such verification, no appointment can be awarded.