Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

Appointment Type and Duration

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a “half GA” and “full GA” respectively). Appointments ordinarily are made for the nine-month period, August 23 through May 22, but may be of shorter duration for a variety of reasons.

GA Payroll Deduction

Graduate Assistants are eligible to use payroll deduction as a method of paying university charges not covered by their tuition waiver. There is no additional cost for participating in the payroll deduction plan. Instructions on how to enroll in GA Payroll Deduction are available through the Bursar at this page.

Payroll, Benefits, and Health Insurance

The Human Resources web site has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant medical benefits, payroll, and policies. Health Insurance benefits can be found here.

Stipend Rates

Stipend rates for graduate assistants are graduated in terms of progress toward the advanced degree and experience.

  • Level B/I: for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
  • Level M/II: for experienced graduate assistants in a doctoral program with at least the master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of graduate study. Equivalency consists of thirty graduate level content course credits of appropriate course work beyond the baccalaureate completed at the University of Connecticut, together with admission to a doctoral program.
  • Level P/III: for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree or its equivalent and who have passed the doctoral general examination.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their GA appointment must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval.

Current Opportunities

Communication and Media Graduate Assistantship

Communication and Media
Graduate Assistantship
The Graduate School

Position Summary:
The Graduate School is the home for graduate and postdoctoral education at the University of Connecticut. The University offers graduate degree programs in virtually every field of instruction and confers more than 2,200 graduate degrees and certificates every year. The Graduate School nurtures a vibrant community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, fosters collaboration across departments, programs, and campuses in research and teaching, and facilitates the preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for their future careers. The vision for training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UConn rests on these pillars: community, collaboration, and preparation. The Graduate School serves as a central resource for applicants to graduate programs, for current graduate students, and for postdoctoral scholars. In addition to supporting graduate students’ academic relationship with the University, The Graduate School seeks to build an active, engaged community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.This GA will report directly to the Assistant Dean of The Graduate School (or designee) and will support Graduate School communications and marketing, as well as website design and updates. Specific duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on office needs as well as the interests and innovations of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage marketing, develop social media campaigns, and create content prior to a series of events (events include, but are not limited to, Orientation, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Post Doc Appreciation Week, monthly Graduate Gathering events, and graduate fellows events)
  • Develop content for and provide leadership to The Graduate School’s online presence via social media, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Support, maintain, and update communication lists and work with The Graduate School staff to post information to various campus communities via Soapbox, Mail Chimp, the Daily Digest, listservs, etc.
  • Assist in updating, organizing, and improving The Graduate School website
  • Maintain awareness and utilize data analytics to inform the design of the website, as well as to discover areas of interest for our communities
  • Provide technical and creative support in developing web content, possibly including videos, podcasts, and interactive training modules
  • Ensure all material is current and links are active
  • Create content for our website and our online professional development platform for graduate students (currently referred to as PCP):
    • Daily (M through F), enter events submitted by other departments/offices onto our online professional development platform
    • Develop and maintain graduate student and postdoctoral scholars’ profiles/testimonials associated with events, competitions, and fellowships
    • Update information on events, competitions, and orientations
  • Co-develop marketing materials for graduate student diversity recruiting through applications such as InDesign and Publisher
  • Identify newsworthy stories to highlight the scholarship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Attend Graduate School events and provide photos, videos and written content
  • Attend staff meetings and retreats of The Graduate School and the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs team
  • Potentially supervise an undergraduate student worker who provides administrative support for The Graduate School Unit
  • Other duties as assigned


This assistantship is a 20 hour per week, 9-month appointment to begin in August; evening or weekend hours may be required. Employment may also be available during the summer. This appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal. Renewal is typically subject to satisfactory performance, department needs, and continued availability of funds.

Candidates must possess demonstrated experience in web development and coordination of professional communication, as well as exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities, and the willingness to work and communicate effectively with diverse populations and as a team. Ability to use or learn how to use Aurora/Word Press, social media platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite and other new software. High standards regarding accuracy and attention to detail are required, as is the ability to use experience and good judgment to make appropriate decisions. Additionally, demonstrated creativity and experience designing marketing and recruiting materials and experience using social media platforms are preferred.

To Apply:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Final submission deadline for consideration is May 1, 2020. Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume/CV, and names and contact information for two references to Martha Marroni at (please include the title of the position in the email subject line).

Health Promotion Facilitator Graduate Assistantship


  • Deliver individual educational interventions including Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Marijuana Abuse Prevention Program (MAPP);
  • Facilitate group educational interventions (Alcohol Uncorked & Weeding Through the Facts) focused on risk-reduction around alcohol and marijuana use;
  • Facilitate First Year Experience (FYE) presentations and other presentations upon request and as needed;
  • Coordinate scheduling, prepare materials, and administer assessment for requested educational programs;
  • Provide preventative health education workshops to student groups, including fraternity and sorority members and other student organizations;
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate new educational programs with the goal of improving student health by enhancing knowledge, developing skills, changing the campus environment, altering attitudes, and modifying behavior;
  • Document educational interventions, and program design, implementation, & evaluation in standard applications including Microsoft Office, Campus Labs, and Pyramed;
  • Maintain and assist with the development and dissemination of wellness publications including written documents, brochures, website updates, and educational campaigns;
  • Conduct needs assessments through focus groups, surveys, meetings with student stake holders;
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university or college;
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program at UConn in public health, social work, higher education, or related field;
  • Works well as part of a team, e.g. respects others’ opinions, shares workload as appropriate, and demonstrates flexibility;
  • Projects positive attitude toward students, Student Health and Wellness staff, and other offices; treats students, staff, and other offices in a caring and respectful fashion; mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Possesses effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience presenting and/or facilitating to groups;
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to supporting students struggling with substance use;
  • Experience developing educational materials and media;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, exercise good judgment, complete tasks in a timely manner, and work autonomously when needed;
  • Creativity, initiative, compassion, and flexibility;
  • Ability to apply professional boundaries with undergraduate students and office staff;
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse university campus;
  • Actively participates in supervision; utilizes supervision appropriately; is responsive to constructive feedback; consults with supervisor as necessary when crises or situations beyond the norm arise
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, takes initiative


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of health promotion theories, research, and program assessment;
  • General knowledge of, or the ability to learn quickly, current and emerging college age student health problems and existing methods of prevention/early intervention;
  • Ability to assess needs and establish or recommend program goals and develop plans to achieve goals;
  • Experience developing, implementing and coordinating health promotion programs;
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data pertinent to health promotion program planning and assessment;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply concepts of harm/risk-reduction to community-based programs;


Position Information

Student Health and Wellness has a vision to cultivate optimal health and lifelong well-being for every student at the University of Connecticut. Within Student Health and Wellness, the Health Promotion team engages the campus community in creating a culture of health at UConn, which empowers students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success.

The Health Promotion Facilitator is a graduate assistant who will deliver health education to students, while providing support for campus wide health promotion strategies. This position will report to a Health Promotion Manager. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Health Promotion Facilitator will be primarily responsible for delivery of alcohol and other drug education programs and early intervention services. Specific populations served include, but are not limited to first year students, residential life staff and students, student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, student-athletes, and students sanctioned to complete educational interventions as a result of a student code violation. Opportunities to support campus-wide health initiatives through the UConn Wellness Coalition may also be available as part of the Health Promotion Facilitator's role depending on the Facilitator's interest and operational needs. Appointment Type & Schedule: This is a one year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 15 or 20 hours per week. A successful candidate must be able to work their hours over at least three work days each week. Hours must be worked Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30pm. Individual must be able to work 1-2 evenings per week. The appointment begins August 23rd, 2020 and concludes May 22nd, 2021.


To Apply

Submit your resume, cover letter describing your specific qualifications, and three (3) professional references who can comment upon your education and/or job related experience. Documents should be emailed to Emily Pagano, Health Promotion Manager, at

Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Compensation and Benefits

Stipend consistent with UConn Graduate Employee Union(GEU) rates and successful candidate’s level of education. Stipend rates can be found here. See the GEU contract for other generous benefits provided, including paid time off, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance through the Connecticut Partnership Plan.

Learning Community Graduate Assistant

The Learning Community office is anticipating having half- (10-hour/week) or full-time (20-hour/week) Graduate Assistant (GA) positions for the following UConn Learning Communities. Read the job description below and apply for the Learning Community position that is the best fit based on your experience.

  • Global House: applicants who are pursuing a graduate program with an international research focus or who have lived in a country other than the U.S. will be given preference in consideration (full or half-time position)
  • Humanities House: applicants who are passionate about a liberal arts education, drawing connections between seemingly disparate parts of the undergraduate curriculum and the broader university experience will be given preference in consideration (half-time position)
  • Innovation House: applicants who have experience and/or personal, academic, or research interests in creativity, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship will be given preference in consideration (half-time position)
  • WiMSE House (Women in Math, Science & Engineering): applicants who identify as female and are pursuing a STEM graduate program will be given preference in consideration (half-time position)

2020-21 Learning Community Graduate Assistant Job Description

The Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities (FYP&LC) supports Graduate Assistant (GA) positions to provide undergraduate enrichment/administrative support for interdisciplinary Learning Communities. LC GAs serve under the direction of a Faculty Director and in collaboration with the Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities as part of a support team helping build community and ensuring each student gets the most out of their experience.

Learning Communities are a proven pedagogy that can provide intentionality and integration amongst undergraduate students’ curricular, co-curricular, and residential experiences. They become a foundation for a creative and holistic approach to education. They help first-year students in their transition to college and encourage all students to become engaged on campus; they enable students to have regular one-on-one or small group interaction with faculty, advisors, staff, GAs, and peer mentors; they emphasize undergraduate research and experiential learning and they develop intentionality and interdisciplinary habits of mind that encourage students to become life-long learners. Each LC has unique attributes and traditions based on its theme.

Essential Duties:

  1. Support the faculty director’s vision for the LC and develop positive relationships with the LC team and members
  2. Plan, implement, manage, and evaluate Learning Community events, activities, and field trips, including all related procedures, budgeting, scheduling, marketing, and recruitment, including developing ways to introduce and engage students in using the Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ) makerspace; assuming greater responsibility until LC students become proficient in programming and organizational skills
  3. May co-instruct, instruct, and/or support credit bearing FYE (First Year Experience, UNIV 1810), service-learning (UNIV 1840), and/or sophomore seminars (typically UNIV 3820); assist in the development of curriculum; plan and implement class activities; supervise group projects, and assess student learning
  4. Required to hold office hours weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters within the Learning Community’s Residence Hall; mentor and advise every student member utilizing individual and group strategies
  5. Provide advisement to Learning Community student groups/committees; set individual and group performance standards; manage work-flow; evaluate individual and group performance, and provide regular oversight and feedback
  6. Assist in the development of Learning Community marketing and public relations efforts; ensure that all print and electronic materials are professional in appearance, current, and accurate; organize and deliver individual and group presentations; write articles for university and/or program newsletters, blogs, websites, etc.
  7. Act as a liaison between the Learning Community, key students, faculty, and staff stakeholders from across the university; send periodic newsletter and/or updates, coordinate meetings as needed, and give public presentations as needed
  8. Connect students with relevant faculty, programs, and events occurring across campus, encouraging engagement and student professional and personal development
  9. Communicate regularly with LC Faculty Director and staff in the Office of First Year Program and Learning Communities
  10. Required to attend bi-annual LC Team Planning meetings, other required meetings, as well as key LC events throughout the year; and to ensure that individual Learning Community activities do not conflict with LC-wide activities
  11. Prepare a report on responsibilities completed in position at the end of each semester and prepare, or contribute to, the Learning Community Annual Report submitted to FYP&LC at end of the academic year
  12. Complete other duties as assigned

Commitment: 10 or 20 hours per week, depending on position; schedule will vary based on availability and programmatic needs. Weekend and evening hours are required in order to lead or attend related courses, events, and activities.

Qualifications: Strong written and verbal communication; demonstrated mentoring experience; strong organization, leadership, and programming skills; commitment to creativity and innovation; ability to use Microsoft Office programs; and must be actively enrolled in appropriate graduate program at UConn. Graduate Assistantships are 1-year appointments with no guarantee of re-appointment the following year. Dates of appointment follow university guidelines for graduate assistant positions and require work beyond the end of each semester. It is important to plan accordingly to fulfill this obligation.

Preferred Qualifications: ≥1 year experience supervising or mentoring college students; experience with event coordination / event management; related professional experience; enrollment in a related UConn PhD program; teaching experience

Application Process: Interested candidates should send a letter of interest; resume/CV; and names and contact information for three professional references to: Sara Dahlen, Program Assistant, Learning Community Program, Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities at Indicate which LC GA position you are interested in and why. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Graduate Assistant

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Graduate Assistant

Department Summary:
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) lead by the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, oversees diversity and inclusion programs at UConn. ODI's team consists of: Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Executive Assistant and the Directors of the following Centers: Rainbow Center, African American Cultural Center, Women's Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Programs. The mission of ODI is to advocate for access and equity across all university units, to welcome and celebrate the experiences of individuals regardless of background through innovative educational programs, and to transform campus climate to build a more welcoming and inclusive
community.Graduate Assistant (GA) Position Summary:
The Graduate Assistant in ODI will report to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and is responsible for assisting in the development of inclusion programs and initiatives.Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assist the Director with the development, coordination and implementation of educational, cultural, and inclusion programs across the University
2. Collaborate with UConn cultural centers and UConn departments/units and friends from the community to achieve strategic initiatives
3. Develop creative engagement with social media, website & other sources of communication
4. Serve on committees, work groups and task forces at the request of the Director
5. Maintain confidentiality in incidents and complaints related to diversity and inclusion
6. Attend meetings and participate in workshops held by ODI
7. Assist in researching diversity and inclusion topics and prepare reports of findings, as needed.
8. Maintain cooperative relationships with the members of ODI and other administrative and academic departments
9. Develop and implement special projects which includes, but is not limited to, initiatives to address current trends and issues, benchmarking, program development, and items of interest to the Graduate Assistant, time permitting
10. Other duties to be assigned by the Director, in addition to assisting with general office tasks.

• Demonstrate experience with academic, social, and/or cultural programming
• Demonstrate experience with qualitative and quantitative methodology
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Willingness to work with individuals from different gender, sexual orientation/expression, national, ethnic, ability, social, religious and economic backgrounds
• Comfortable and grounded in one’s own cultural identity
• Familiar with social media platforms
• Experience with Microsoft Office

This assistantship is a full-time assistantship, 20 hours per week, on a 9- month appointment with the possibility of summer employment. There will be some evening and weekend work hours required. Renewal is typically subject to satisfactory performance, department needs, and continued availability of funds.

To Apply:
Submit your resume or CV and cover letter to Jonelle Reynolds, Materials will be reviewed as they are submitted until position has been filled. Preference given to candidates that apply prior to April 10, 2020.

Contact Jonelle Reynolds,
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives