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.

Job Offer Acceptance Etiquette

When accepting a job offer feel free to ask clarifying questions. If you feel that you are not being given enough time to make your decision, ask if additional time might be granted. Supervisors are encouraged to give candidates up to a week to accept an offer but sometimes this may not be possible. 

Once accepting an offer and if resigning from a different graduate assistant position, it is recommended that you immediately notify the department of your resignation. This is especially important when departments are already counting on you to teach courses or labs. They would rather know immediately and be able to initiate a hiring process to fill open positions, ensuring that course offerings remain available, etc.  

What Next?

If you have accepted an assistantship offer, 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

Institutional Research Graduate Assistant

The primary purpose of the Institutional Research (IR) unit within the Office of Budget, Planning, and Institutional Research (BPIR) is to proactively support the University’s mission of becoming a top flagship university by providing timely official data and analyses for planning, institutional effectiveness, and decision making. IR’s emphasis is on providing strategic analytical support in shaping long-term institutional policies and programs geared towards resource allocation, new program development, student success, competitive positioning, and institutional effectiveness. In addition, IR serves as the central repository of official data for state, federal, and other external agencies for reporting purposes.

Position Description

Institutional Research seeks to enhance its analytics capacity and is looking for a graduate assistant to address this need as follows:

  • Conduct both forward-looking and ad hoc analyses of the University’s student, workforce, and survey data.
  • Respond to ad hoc data and analysis requests.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Support survey instrument development, administration, and results analysis.
  • Work with large datasets to conduct quantitative analyses using research methods such as multivariate and logistic regression, factor and principal component analysis, and structural equation modeling.
  • Write short briefs (3-5 pages) summarizing project work; contribute to full-length research papers.
  • Supplemental duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a doctoral degree program in good academic standing.
  • Comfort working with large datasets.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, writing reports, and summarizing analyses for a non-technical audience.
  • Experience in survey instrument design, research methods, and data analysis.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (specifically Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Qualtrics, and any statistics program (SAS, STATA, SPSS, R).
  • A positive, customer service attitude.
  • Strong written communication and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Available to work as a Special Payroll employee during Summer 2023 (hours negotiable up to 30/week).
  • Available to work a full-time assistantship of 20 hours/week during AY2023-24.
  • Strong preference for candidates who are interested in renewing the assistantship through AY2024-25.

Contact Information

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume/CV to laura.yahn@uconn.edu. Review of applications begins on February 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Teaching Assistant for DRAM 2134: Analyzing Sports as Performance

The Department of Dramatic Arts has an opportunity for a 1 semester half-time Teaching Assistant for spring 2023. The person in this position will support the Honors Core class, DRAM 2134:  Analyzing Sports as Performance. 

This position is under the supervision of Dr. Adrienne Macki. This position may lead/supervise undergraduate students as assigned. 

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Assist with class lectures, class related events and/or meetings (face-to-face and online 
  • Present, participate in, and/or facilitate lessons/lectures 
  • Facilitate discussion and/or class activities with small groups or break-out sessions  
  • Assist with grading (projects, papers, discussion board posts, and tracking extra credit points)  
  • Review learning materials  
  • Hold weekly office hours  
  • Respond to student questions/emails 

Experience and Training 

  • Enrolled in a graduate studies program at UConn.  
  • Applicants from Education, Sports Management, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, Digital Media, or English are especially encouraged to apply. 
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently, attend to detail, and be organized 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Applicants with background (or interest) in theatre, performance, and/or sports-related fields are preferred.   
  • Previous teaching experience preferred, but not required 

To Apply: Please email Adrienne Macki (acmacki@uconn.edu) 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. Your familiarity with HuskyCT and/or other Blackboard Learning Management System  
    3. Your prior experience as a teaching assistant and/or educator 
    4. Your background (and/or interest) in sports and/or theatre and performance 
    5. Names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of two references (letters not required) 
  2. A current CV 
  3. All relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine) 

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 5, 2023.  

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.