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Types of graduate appointments

Teaching Assistant/Associate

Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant (TA) is an enrolled graduate student appointed part-time by the university whose primary responsibility is in an instructional capacity. A teaching assistant may lecture, lead discussion groups, serve as an assistant to laboratory classes, tutor students, proctor examinations, grade tests and papers, and provide general assistance in the instructional process under the direct supervision of a faculty supervisor.

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Teaching Associate

A teaching associate (TA) is an enrolled graduate student appointed part-time by the university under the direct supervision of a faculty member whose primary responsibility is in an instructional capacity and who holds a master’s degree or its equivalent. The roles of a teaching associate are similar to those of the teaching assistant, but may differ in terms of responsibilities.

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Research Assistant/Associate

Research Assistant

A research assistant (RA) is an enrolled graduate student appointed part-time by the university whose primary responsibilities are research-related. A graduate research assistant may assist faculty members in research and creative activities, perform administrative or editorial duties directly connected to research and creative activities, develop and evaluate instructional materials and/or curricula, or assume responsibilities for a designated research area under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

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Research Associate

A research associate (RA) is an enrolled graduate student appointed part-time by the university under the direct supervision of a faculty member whose primary responsibilities are research-related and who holds a master’s degree or its equivalent. The roles of a research associate are similar to a research assistant, but may differ in terms of responsibilities.

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Graduate Services Assistant

A graduate services assistant (GSA) performs tasks within a specified unit in order to gain working knowledge and develop career-specific skills. GSAs provide professional-level support, performing various administrative tasks/projects that contribute to the mission of the unit. GSAs report to an administrator or professional member of the unit who will supervise and train them. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to receive a tuition award.

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Graduate Intern

A graduate intern (GI) collaborates with an assigned company or organization external to the university in order to gain working knowledge and develop career-specific skills appropriate to the student’s area of study. GIs provide professional-level support to an assigned organization, assisting with projects, research and analysis, procedural studies and planning. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to receive a tuition award.

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