Teaching assistant responsibilities include assisting the instructor in preparation of course materials and exams, grading assignments and exams, proctoring exams, assisting in the preparation and posting of grades, holding regularly scheduled office hours and providing individual and/or group assistance to students, lecturing in class in the absence of the instructor, performing other course-related duties. (Additional responsibilities specific to a position are listed in position announcements.)
Graduate instructor TA responsibilities include lecturing; preparing course materials and exams, grading assignments and exams, proctoring exams, preparing and posting grades, holding regularly scheduled office hours and providing individual and/or group assistance to students, performing other course-related duties. (Additional responsibilities specific to a position are listed in position announcements.)
Research assistant responsibilities include assisting faculty in research projects. Responsibilities will vary based on the research. (Additional responsibilities specific to a position are listed in position announcements.)
Graduate student standing with some background in the course/research area is required. Teaching assistants and Graduate Instructor TAs must have successfully completed the course or equivalent (use TA petition form [.pdf]). In addition, for 5xxx-level courses, graduate instructor TAs must be ABD or have completed the MA or equivalent. We will consider completion of the 30 credits required for the MA degree program and completion of the EPsy 5216 and 8216 research courses as equivalent to the MA for these appointments (use TA petition form). Preference will be given to applicants in the educational psychology program, psychological foundations or QME tracks, who have successfully completed specific coursework – see requirements in position announcements.
Policy and guideline information pertaining to graduate assistant employment is available online at the Graduate Assistant Employment Office Web site. Please be aware you are responsible for this information.
Offers are contingent on enrollment and current registration as a graduate student. As a graduate student you are required to register for graded credits (audit-only registration is not valid) for every semester you hold an assistantship. Failure to register by the end of the second week of class each semester will result in termination of your graduate assistantship. If during the above appointment period your registration drops below 6 credits (1 credit for advanced MA or PhD candidates), you are required to notify, in writing, the program secretary immediately. Failure to do so may result in termination of the appointment for the semester in which this occurs, or affect future appointments.
Graduate assistants who work at least 12.5% time (5 hours per week) from the beginning to the end of the official semester appointment dates, and are properly registered are eligible to receive tuition benefits during that semester. However, a 12.5% appointment does not provide a non-resident waiver. The minimum eligibility for a non-resident waiver is 25%. View guidelines and information on the tuition benefits of becoming a graduate assistant.
You may enroll in the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Plan if you meet eligibility requirements. If you are interested in this coverage, you must enroll through the Graduate Assistant Insurance Office located at N323 Boynton Health Service, (612) 624-0627,
During the academic year graduate assistants may not hold appointments or any combination of appointments totaling more than 75% time (30 hours per week). This total includes all University employment plus College of Continuing Education activities.
If you have F-1 or J-1 visa status, federal law prohibits the University from employing you for more than 20 hours per week (50% time) during scheduled class periods and finals weeks. Exceptions exist if you have been authorized for 'practical or academic training'. Consult with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services on these matters.
During scheduled break periods and summer terms, graduate assistants may work up to 100% time (40 hours per week). In no instance are graduate assistants to work above 100% time.
Graduate students at the University of Minnesota (including PhD and Advanced Masters candidates) will be exempt from FICA withholding on University wages if they meet the enrollment tests described in IRS revenue procedure 98-16.
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.