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

Graduate Assistant – Leadership Learning Community

Graduate Assistant – Leadership Learning Community

Leadership and Organizational Development in the Department of Student Activities at the University of Connecticut is seeking a
graduate assistant for the academic year 2020-21. The Graduate Assistant will participate in the dynamic development and
implementation of exceptional services and programs associated with the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) - a residential,
academic, and experiential community of 85 first and second-year students which provides students with an integrated learning
experience. The Leadership Learning Community is a mutually supportive environment that intentionally challenges members to
further their character, integrity, personal and global awareness, and ability to inspire others.

Brief Description:
This Graduate Assistant experience will include direct responsibilities and active involvement in the development, delivery, and
support of programs and services in the LLC. Under the supervision of a designated administrator, the LLC GA will provide
instruction, programmatic, and administrative support to the students of the LLC and be an active staff member in Leadership and
Organizational Development.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
• Instructing seminar courses and assisting with curriculum development and implementation, student advising, and
assessing student development;
• Planning and implementing leadership development, social, and co-curricular activities;
• Marketing of LLC including print and electronic materials as well as social media;
• Assisting in program evaluation including instrument design, data collection, analysis, and reporting;
• Participating in residential-based and experiential (off-campus) programs;
• Supervising LLC undergraduate mentor(s);
• Completing other duties as required including, but not limited to, office projects and department committees.

• Acceptance to an appropriate graduate program at the University of Connecticut;
• Demonstrated ability to provide effective in-class instruction;
• Demonstrated ability to assist in the development of credit bearing academic courses;
• Knowledge and/or interest in student development, leadership education and leadership theories;
• Strong written and verbal communication;
• Supervisory and/or advisory experience;
• Commitment to excellence in the development of student-centered programs and services;
• Organization, creativity, self-motivation, a sense of humor, initiative, multi-tasking skills, and a can-do attitude.

Preferred Qualifications:
• 2+ semesters experience as a college level TA/instructor;
• Experience working in a college residential environment;
• Experience with event planning and event management;
• 1+ year experience in supervising college students;
• Strong ability to work effectively on MS Excel, Access and Publisher.

• 20 hours per week; schedule will vary based on student’s availability and programmatic needs.
• Weekend and evening hours are required in order to attend related events;
• Summer employment is available beginning July 2020 and is strongly encouraged; excellent candidates who also have
summer availability will be given special consideration.

Application Process:
Interested candidates should send a) letter of interest, b) resume, c) names and contact information for three professional references to:
Nikki Garcia, Leadership Office, at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut strongly encourages applications from people of color,
women and people with disabilities.