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

Health Promotion Facilitator Graduate Assistantship

Position Summary: The department of 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 works to enhance health and empower students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success. While the Health Promotion team has historically focused on providing direct education and prevention services, the team is currently in the process of broadening its scope to provide backbone leadership in facilitating connections across campus to create a healthy campus environment.

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 the Alcohol & Other Drug Education Coordinator. Over time, this position is intended to provide staff support to diverse health promotion topics, which may include sexual health, sleep, stress management, and general wellness. For the 2019-2020 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.

Appointment Type & Schedule: This is a one year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 20 hours per week. A successful candidate must be able to work their 20 hours over at least four 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, 2019 and concludes May 21st, 2020. Additional summer employment may be available depending on department needs. Position is intended to be renewed for a second year, as the department hopes to create continuity in the work completed by this position. An offer to extend the position for a second academic year will depend on employee performance.

Position Responsibilities:
• 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;
• Assist in the recruitment, training and supervision of student peer health educators;
• 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;

Compensation & 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.

How 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, Alcohol & Other Drug Education Coordinator, at emily.pagano@uconn.edu. Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin July 1st, 2019.

2019-20 Learning Community Graduate Assistant Job Description

The Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities (FYP&LC) supports Graduate Assistant positions to provide undergraduate enrichment/administrative support for interdisciplinary Learning Communities. LC Graduate Assistants serve under the direction of a Faculty Director and in collaboration with First Year Programs & Learning Communities as part of a support team 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, 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 Learning Community has unique attributes and traditions that develop based on its theme.

Essential Duties:

  1. 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
  2. May instruct, co-instruct, 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
  3. Required to hold office hours weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters within the Learning Community’s Residence Hall; advise and mentor every student member utilizing individual and group strategies
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Act as a liaison between the Learning Community, key students, faculty, and staff stakeholders from across the university; send periodic updates, coordinate meetings as needed, and give public presentations as needed
  7. Connect students with relevant faculty, programs, and events occurring across campus, encouraging engagement and student professional and personal development
  8. Communicate regularly with LC Faculty Director and staff in the Office of First Year Program and Learning Communities
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 skills; strong leadership, organization and programming skills; demonstrated commitment to creativity and innovation; demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office programs; must be reliable and a self-starter with a strong work ethic; and must be actively enrolled in an appropriate graduate program at UConn. LC 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+ years experience supervising college students; experience with event coordination and 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: Melissa Foreman, Director, Learning Community Program, Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities at Melissa.Foreman@uconn.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with a goal of filling it by the end of June 2019.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

UConn Recovery Community Program Graduate Assistantship

Position Description 2019-2020

Mission Statement:

This mission of the UConn Recovery Community is to provide a supportive community where students in recovery and in hope of recovery can achieve academic success while participating in a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.

Position Summary

The URC Program Graduate Assistant provides non-clinical support to University of Connecticut students who are in all stages of recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The Program Assistant helps provide support for all elements of the student’s recovery wellness plan, tailoring support to meet each student’s individual needs.

The Program Graduate Assistant works with students participating in the UConn Recovery Community. The Program Graduate Assistant will also help with campus outreach and education aimed at enhancing awareness of recovery support resources, helping educate students, staff, and faculty about effective means of providing support for students struggling with substance use disorders, and helping enhance peer-to-peer support among students.

The Program Graduate Assistant will facilitate weekly support group meetings, help students implement their recovery wellness plan, coordinate social and recreational activities, and accompany students on occasional weekend outings to enhance social experience, develop friendships, support, and enjoyable alternatives to campus social drinking and drug use. This role is for a student passionate about working with their peers in recovery.

The Program Graduate Assistant is always conscientious, honest, courteous, and professional. The Program Assistant respects persons of all backgrounds, including but not limited to abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and spirituality. A Program Graduate Assistant is an outstanding role model for other students and is knowledgeable of, enforces, and personally abides by all university policies and procedures, as well as federal and state laws.

Appointment Type & Schedule:

The Program Graduate Assistant is a member of the Health Promotion team who is directly supervised by the URC Program Coordinator. This is a one year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 15 hours per week. A successful candidate must be able to work 15 hours over at least four work days each week. Hours must be worked Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Individual must be able to work -2 evenings per week with an occasional weekend for an event. The appointment begins August 23rd, 2019 and concludes May 21st, 2020. Additional summer employment may be available depending on department needs. Position is intended to be renewed for a second year, as the department hopes to create continuity in the work completed by this position. An offer to extend the position for a second academic year will depend on employee performance.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate weekly “All Recovery” and SMART Recovery meetings.
  2. Plan, implement, manage and evaluate URC events, activities, and field trips, including all related procedures, marketing, recruitment, including developing ways to introduce and engage student to the URC.
  3. Provide students with information and education on substance use disorders, substance use recovery, and other general health and holistic wellness practices.
  4. Provide outreach efforts for student groups about substance abuse, recovery and other associated general health and holistic wellness issues.
  5. Maintain and assist with the development and dissemination of wellness publications, including written documents, brochures, website updates, and educational campaigns.
  6. Complete administrative responsibilities in a timely manner under the direction of supervisors.
  7. Engage and motivate students to be successful in attaining their goals and committing to their recovery wellness plan.
  8. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Personal experience with substance use disorders and treatment.
  • Knowledge of multiple pathways of recovery as it pertains to substance use disorders.
  • Understanding of recovery groups and group process.
  • General knowledge of mental health conditions affecting college students.

Compensation and Benefits:

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

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send an e-mail of interest; resume/CV; and names and contact information for two professional references to: Sandy Valentine, Program Coordinator, UConn Recovery Community at sandy.valentine@uconn.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with a goal of filling it by the end of August 5, 2019.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.