Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Associateships

GA/TAs provide a stipend for half-time duties for two semesters (Fall and Spring only), plus remission of the instruction fee and the out-of-state tuition surcharge for up to 6 graduate hours during the terms of a summer session immediately preceding or following the academic year of the award. GA/TAs must carry between 9 and 15 hours of graduate courses and perform duties equivalent to 20 hours per week. GAs and TAs may hold no other employment at Miami University or elsewhere during their term of appointment.

Doctoral Teaching Associates normally teach one of our two core undergraduate courses, EDL 204, Sociocultural Foundations of Education, or EDL 318, Teacher Leadership. Our goal is to assign every Teaching Associate a yearly teaching load. Other doctoral Graduate Assistantships include administrative responsibilities in the Department, or work with professors on research grants. In both teaching and other assignments, we expect students to commit the full number of assigned hours to the assigned work.

Assistantships are also available in other offices at the University. Stipend amounts differ in different offices. Students often are assigned other assistantship opportunities, for instance, at The Rinella Learning Center, Project Discovery, The Mindfulness Center, and The Digital Learning Lab.

In all cases Assistantships in EDL are decided upon in March-April of the previous year. Contact the Graduate Director or Department Chair to indicate your interest in holding an assistantship.

Appointment to a GA/TA is competitive, and is determined by the Department Chair, in consultation with the Director of Graduate studies and faculty every Spring. GA/TA appointments are not guaranteed every year, and students are reappointed each year based on: the evaluation of their work as a GA the previous year; Departmental needs; and the length of time that a student has held a GA/TA (typical appointment for doctoral students in LCC is 3 one-year terms).