Graduate Assistantship Orientation Workshop

Report
August 2012, Towson University
Graduate Assistantship Office Coordinator:
Jennifer Scott
[email protected]
Graduate Assistantship Office Administrative Assistant:
Cassandra Chambers
410-704-4484
[email protected]
http://grad.towson.edu/finance/ga/index.asp
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General Information
Assistantship Application (online)
Assistantship Openings Page
Financial Aid Implications
Graduate Assistantship Handbook
External Assistantship Opportunities
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Graduate Assistantship Application
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Graduate Assistantship Openings Page
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Contact your Program Director
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Independent Networking
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http://grad.towson.edu/finance/ga/ga_app.asp
Enter information in all required fields
Paste resume in space provided
Enter validation code
Click “submit”
Note:
• You must be admitted into a graduate program at TU
• Submission of an application does not guarantee that an
assistantship will be granted
http://grad.towson.edu/finance/ga/opening.asp
 See list of current assistantship openings
 Click on desired link to view job description
 Follow specific instructions to apply
Note:
• The position does not have to be related to your field of
study
• The openings listed are not necessarily the only positions
available
Select link of interest to view full description
Description/Responsibilities:
Qualifications/Instructions to apply:
Inquire about available positions relative to your field of study
via your program director:
 Graduate-Assistantships
 Research-Assistantships
 Teaching-Assistantships
 Doctoral Research/Teaching-Assistantships
Ex.
If you are enrolled in the Human Resources Development
Program (HRD-M.S.)
Contact:
Dr. Alan Clardy, Program Director, HRD (M.S.)
[email protected]
Nearly all academic & non-academic departments on
campus have at least one graduate assistant position in
the works each semester
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Navigate the TU net to identify departments of interest
Contact one or all departments to inquire about
assistantship opportunities
Be sure to have your resume up-to-date and readily
available
Supervisors/Departments select assistantship candidates
via the following methods:
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GA Application Database
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Response to GA Openings
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Internal Selections
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Supervisors will choose one or more candidates for a
formal interview process before making a decision.
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Supervisors will make a selection & offer the student(s) a
position
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Student accepts the position
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Supervisor submits a request form for assistantship
position to the Graduate Assistantship Office
Once the position request is approved, the Graduate
Assistantship Office will…
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Mail assistantship award letter to the student’s address
Contact the student to complete new employee paperwork via email
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I-9 form at the Office of Human Resources
Payroll Packet: W-4 form, direct-deposit form, demographic form
Note:
 Students may not begin working until I-9 is completed
 Students will not be paid until payroll packet is completed
 Be sure that your current mailing address & email address is accurate in
the TU PeopleSoft system)
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Stipend Award will be issued to student in bi-weekly increments
Stipend Amount is dependant upon position type/hours/semester
Ex. 10-hour, graduate-assistant, Fall Only 2012
Total stipend:
Check payments:
Number of pays:
Work schedule:
$1,250
$125
10
8/15/12 – 12/16/12
Complete information pertaining to assistantship stipend awards is provided in the
Graduate Assistantship Handbook:
http://grad.towson.edu/finance/ga/files/GAHandbook.pdf
Total Tuition Waiver (per semester)
10-hour assistantship, Fall:
6 credits
10-hour assistantship, Spring: 6 credits
10-hour assistantship, Summer: 3 credits
20-hour assistantship, Fall:
20-hour assistantship, Spring:
20-hour assistantship, Summer:
12 credits
12 credits
6 credits
Note: Tuition fees are not covered by assistantship
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Student enrolls in graduate courses
Student receives tuition e-bill from bursar’s office via email
(typically sent to [email protected] account or preferred email
account noted in PeopleSoft
Student logs into Towson Online Services account
Student selects “view e-bill”
Student selects “account inquiry”
Student selects “account summary”
Total all fees, and costs not covered by waiver
Submit payment by tuition due date listed
Note: Failure to satisfy your portion of the bill by the due date will
result in a $75.00 late fee & possible cancellation of courses
Who Should I Contact?
Hiring Issues: Supervisor/Department
Payment Issues: Payroll Department/GAO
Tuition Issues: Bursar’s Office/GAO
Loans: Financial Aid
SS#/I-20 Renewal (International Students): International Student
& Scholar Office (ISSO)
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Clarify roles/responsibilities with supervisor
Practice open communication
Set learning objectives & goals
Ask for and provide feedback
Ask Questions for clarification
Strive for a healthy balance: work, school, family
Take Initiative
Speak up if you have a conflict
Defining Actions for Resolution
1. Informal Consultation, supervisor or department
2. Formal Consultation, Dept. Chairperson
3. Formal Complaint, College Dean
4. Formal Appeal, Dean of Graduate Studies
Improving Communication Channels
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Clarifying work expectations
Clarifying work habits
Obtaining supervision & Feedback
Assessing pitfalls that occur
Contact Jennifer Scott at the Graduate Assistantship
Office
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[email protected]
410-704-4484

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