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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Examples of responsibilities

Serves in an administrative capacity for a specified unit within the university, which may include, but is not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Performs tasks related to specific function/program assigned

  • Develops work plans in accordance with program/organizational objectives

  • Assists in the collection of data and/or conducts independent research for the unit specific to the assignment

  • Assists in development of new programs, policies or procedures; coordinates programs as assigned

  • Assists with advisement of students regarding information, procedures and academic requirements of a specific program or major

  • Assists in specialized administrative or technical projects in area of assignment

  • May analyze procedures and make recommendations for improvement

  • Prepares reports as needed

  • Supervises student employees

 Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to area of assignment

  • Knowledge of management principles and practices

  • Knowledge of program coordination

  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities

  • Skill in planning, organization, coordination of activities

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

  • Skill in both verbal and written communication

  • Skill in the use of personal computer and related software applications

Minimum qualifications

  • Currently admitted to a graduate degree program at Arizona State University

  • Maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA for all ASU graduate credit courses

  • Must enroll in at least 1 credit hour during each fall and spring semester during the appointment

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.

Duties and responsibilities

Serves in an intern capacity for a specified division, program or organization external to the university, which may include the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Performs tasks related to specific function/program assigned

  • Develops work plans in accordance with program/organizational objectives

  • Conducts independent research of administrative or operational areas specific to the assignment

  • Assembles and analyzes statistical data and makes interpretations for application to area of assignment

  • Assists in development of new programs, policies or procedures; coordinates programs as assigned

  • Assists in specialized administrative or technical projects in area of assignment

  • Creates and maintains databases

  • May analyze procedures and make recommendations for improvement

  • Prepares reports as needed

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to area of assignment

  • Knowledge of management principles and practices

  • Knowledge of program coordination

  • Knowledge of basic project management

  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities

  • Skill in planning, organization, coordination of activities

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

  • Skill in both verbal and written communication

  • Skill in the use of personal computer and related software applications

Minimum qualifications

  • Currently admitted to a graduate degree program at Arizona State University

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all ASU graduate credit courses

  • Must enroll in at least 1 credit hour during each fall and spring semester during the appointment