Who Qualifies for Funding: Ph.D., Au.D. and M.A. students qualify for GTA positions, with priority given to Ph.D. students. Both current and incoming students are welcome to apply depending on the particular posting.
Length of Funding: Typically students are funded for one semester or one academic year, depending on the teaching assignment. Students will have the option to continue the appointment the following academic year, providing that performance was satisfactory, that funds continue to be available, and that the student's plan of study does not conflict with the needs of the assigned class. Funding generally begins at the start of the semester and is dependent on the type of appointment (i.e., one semester vs. full academic year). Tuition reimbursement depends on the percent of time a student works (see chart).
Responsibilities of Fund Recipient: GTAs are most generally assigned to a specific class or classes, which determines the responsibilities of the position. In general, GTAs are expected to attend the assigned class or classes (although this requirement varies across assignments and is at the discretion of the faculty supervisor), hold regular office hours at times that are convenient to the students, meet regularly with their assigned faculty supervisor, present or assist in presenting lectures and other in-class learning activities, maintain the BlackBoard course website, and evaluate student progress via grading papers, exams, and other assignments.
How to Apply: Admitted or enrolled students can apply at any time by sending information to the SPLH Chair, Dr. Nancy Brady via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). A current resume and cover letter are required. The first sentence of the cover letter should specify the student's intended graduation date. The cover letter also should detail the undergraduate courses that the student feels qualified to teach or assist in teaching. Current undergraduate syllabi are available and should be reviewed seriously before claiming qualifications for the course. For each undergraduate course listed, the applicant should list relevant undergraduate and graduate courses completed that provide the expertise to teach the specified course. In addition, the grade in each completed course should be listed. Any past teaching experience or instructional training also should be detailed in the cover letter. There are a small number of GTA positions that support clinical activities. Certified and licensed clinicians ONLY should detail past clinical and supervisory experience.
When positions are available, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with faculty supervisor(s).
Typically GTA assignments are made late spring or summer for the coming academic year. Positions may become available at other times due to extenuating circumstances. The number and type of these positions in the program vary from year to year. Please contact faculty members directly to inquire about the availability of assistantships.