Graduate Assistantships Overview

What is a Graduate Assistantship?

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 their academic program. In recognition of this support, tuition is waived by the University and subsidized health insurance is offered. Graduate Assistants (GAs) are responsible for paying their student fees at the negotiated GA rate.

What is the Eligibility Criteria to be a GA?

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.

In order to perform duties with direct instructional responsibilities, a graduate student appointed as a Teaching Assistant will need to provide proof of English proficiency. UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures can be found here along with information about how to provide proof of proficiency.

What is the Appointment Length and Hours Per Week?

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.

What Benefits Do GAs Receive?

The Human Resources website has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant benefits, payroll, and policies, including detailed information about health insurance benefits. If employed in an assistantship that falls under the Graduate Employee Union (GEU), additional benefits may be described in the GEU contract and on our GA Onboarding page. Please note, GAs employed solely at UConn Health do not fall under the GEU.

What are the 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 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, 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.

Specific stipend rates may be found on Payroll’s website and will be included in the GA offer letter.

Are GAs Required to Do Any Additional Trainings?

As part of their employee role, GAs are required to participate in these mandatory trainings. There may be additional trainings or orientations required or recommended depending on the specific GA duties.

Can GAs Hold Additional Employment?

Graduate Assistants seeking on-campus employment in addition to a full-time (20 hour) GA appointment during the semester must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval. International students on UConn-sponsored visas are not able to work above 20 hours per week during the semester.

What Next?

If you have been offered an assistantship, please visit our GA Onboarding page. This webpage will orient GAs employed at Storrs and regional campuses who fall under the Graduate Employees Union (GEU) and provide information, resources, and to-do items specific to your role as a GA to help you successfully transition into your assistantship.

Current Opportunities

Economics Research Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION: Full-Time (20 h/week) Research Assistant to Prof. Michele Baggio (Economics), Prof. Mark Urban (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and Prof. Charles Towe (Agricultural & Resource
Economics).

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant for one year. The job will involve close collaboration on an interdisciplinary research project investigating the relationship between weather (temperature, precipitation, and humidity), land use, and the prevalence of Lyme Disease and its implications on a range of socio-economic outcomes.

The successful Research Assistant will be involved in all stages of the research process and are expected to work independently within the scope of their responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to

  • Collaborating on research design, conducting data analysis and interpreting results.
  • Assisting with literature reviews as needed in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and
    presentations.
  • Assisting in preparing funding proposals, budgets, and deliverables for various grants.
  • Participating in team meetings and (as needed) take minutes for distribution to the team.

The Research Assistant will interact directly with Prof. Michele Baggio on a regular basis, as well as with Prof. Mark Urban and Prof. Charles Towe.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative background
  • Strong programming skills; knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and/or R.
  • Strong writing skills to allow for drafting of manuscripts based on the analyses.
  • Experience, or background in the area of project is a plus but not required
  • Excellent academic record
  • Prior experience as a research assistant
  • Organization and attention to detail a must.
  • Flexibility and an ability to work with a team are essential.

TO APPLY: Please email Michele Baggio a single PDF document named “Lastname_Firstname” containing the following materials:

  1. A cover letter describing:
    1. Your interest in this position and how you learned about it
    2. The start and end dates during which you would be available to fill this position
    3. Your familiarity with programming languages (e.g. Stata, R, ArcGIS)
    4. Your prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects (e.g. a thesis or other research project)
    5. A previous experience that involved working in a team environment
    6. Names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of 2-3 references (letters not required)
  2. A current CV
  3. All relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  4. An original research paper (if available)

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position is available starting in Summer or Fall 2022. Exact start date is flexible.

Health Promotion GA Opportunity

Health Promotion Facilitator Graduate Assistantship

 

Position Summary: 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’s mission is to mobilize the UConn community to cultivate the conditions that foster student wellbeing, empower students, and address health inequities— amplifying the voices of our oppressed communities.

 

The Health Promotion Facilitator is a graduate assistant who will deliver health education to students, as well as provide support for campus wide health promotion initiatives led by the Wellness Coalition. This position will report to a Health Promotion Manager. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Health Promotion Facilitator will be primarily responsible for delivery of alcohol and other drug education programs and contributing to advancing the efforts of the Alcohol and Other Drug Collaborative, a committee in the Wellness Coalition. Specific populations served include, but are not limited to first year students, residential life staff and students, student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, and students sanctioned to complete educational interventions as a result of a student code violation.

 

Appointment Type & Schedule: This is a one academic year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 15-20 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 8:30 p.m. Individual must be able to work 1-2 evenings per week. The appointment begins August 22nd, 2022 and concludes May 19th, 2023.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate individual educational interventions including Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and MAPP (Marijuana Abuse Prevention Program), a brief motivational interventions focused on alcohol or cannabis use concerns, respectively;
  • Conduct needs assessments through focus groups, surveys, meetings with student stake holders;
  • 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;

 

  • Supporting and assisting undergraduate staff, as needed;
  • Other duties as

 

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, g. respects others’ opinions, shares workload as

appropriate, and demonstrates flexibility;

  • Projects positive attitude toward students, professional staff, and other offices; treats students, staff, and other offices in a caring and respectful fashion; mindful of individual, cultural, and ethnic
  • 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 health messaging media, like Canva;
  • 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 professional staff;
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse university campus;
  • Is responsive to constructive feedback; consults with supervisor as necessary when crises or situations beyond the norm arise;
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, takes

 

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;
  • Experience in community organizing around health and wellbeing

 

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 interest in the position and specific qualifications, and a list of the names and email addresses for three (3) professional references who can comment upon your education and/or job-related experience. Documents should be emailed to Monique Griffin at monique.griffin@uconn.edu

 

Application Deadline: Submit application by March 28th for priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

2022-23 Learning Community Graduate Assistant Job Description

University of Connecticut
Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities 

2022-23 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 and administrative support for interdisciplinary Learning Communities (LC). 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 that works to build community and ensures 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 Life-Transformative Education. They help first-year students in their transition to college and encourage all students to become engaged on campus and find meaningful pathways; they enable students to have regular one-on-one or small group interactions 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. 

 

We anticipate positions in the following communities. Please indicate your top choice. If your qualifications make you a good fit for a second community, please indicate that as well. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. 

 

  • Humanities House – an interdisciplinary Learning Community open to all majors that engages students in coursework and activities that draw connections between the disparate parts of a university curriculum and the broader university experience by reflecting on the human condition in this place and time. A facility for relating current popular culture to broader issues in the humanities is an advantage. Students develop into scholars able to articulate and debate issues at the collegiate level. Preferred candidates will have a background or strong interest in humanistic questions, current cultural expressions and issues, and/or digital humanities.
     
  • Innovation House – an interdisciplinary Learning Community open to all majors that engages students in courses and activities designed to encourage thinking and acting innovatively to solve real world problems. Preferred candidates will have a background in making, creating, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship.
     
  • Public Health House – an interdisciplinary Learning Community open to all majors that engages students in courses and service-learning activities designed to support students in their identity development while exploring issues related to community health. Preferred candidates will have a background or interest in coaching or mentoring with an interest in service-learning, community health education, advocacy, and/or health-related fields.
     
  • WiMSE House (Women in Math, Science & Engineering) – a Learning Community that engages women pursuing STEM majors, building their confidence and competence so they persist in STEM and go on to be leaders in their chosen field. Preferred candidates are those studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, particularly in disciplines underrepresented by women at the University of Connecticut.
     

Essential Duties: 

  1. Support the Faculty Director’s vision and develop positive relationships with the LC leadership team, LC partners, and student members 
  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 UConn Innovation Zone makerspace; assuming greater responsibility until LC students become proficient in programming and organizational skills 
  1. May co-instruct, instruct, and/or support credit bearing FYE (First Year Experience, UNIV 1810), service-learning (UNIV 1840), and/or sophomore courses (UNIV 3820); assist in the development of curriculum; plan and implement class activities; supervise group projects, and assess student learning 
  1. 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 
  1. Provide advisement to Learning Community student leaders/committees; set individual and group performance standards; manage work-flow; evaluate individual and group performance, and provide regular oversight and feedback 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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 
  1. Connect students with relevant faculty, programs, events, and opportunities occurring across campus relevant to the theme of the LC or individual student interests; encourage engagement and student professional and personal development 
  1. Communicate regularly with LC Faculty Director and staff in the Office of First Year Program and Learning Communities 
  1. 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 
  1. 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 
  1. 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. 

Minimum 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 Sara.Dahlen@uconn.edu. Indicate which LC GA position you are interested in and why. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Initial review will begin on February 18th. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.