Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered selectively to qualified applicants. For more detail, refer to the AESHM Graduate Handbook (doc).

Responsibilities

Graduate assistants on half-time appointment give 20 hours per week of service to the department.

  • Graduate assistants on quarter-time appointment give 10 hours per week of service to the department.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are assigned to faculty in various subject areas within the department. Master’s TAs assist faculty in preparing teaching      materials and in course evaluation. They are expected to participate in      the planning of course subject matter and may be asked to teach a class or assist students in laboratory work. They are generally not assigned full      responsibility for teaching 4 to 6 credit hours.
  • Research assistants (RAs) are assigned to an ongoing or a new research project. The student’s thesis research may be related to that assistantship, but is not      necessarily a part of it. Depending on when the research assistant comes to a research project, he or she may be involved in the planning, collecting, data, analysis of data, or writing of the final report.
  • Administrative assistants are assigned to work with the department chair and/or associate  chairs on a variety of department activities.
  • Most assistantships are for 9 months, though some research assistantships  continue for 12 months.

Requirements

We encourage all graduate students, regardless of whether they are on assistantship, to be involved with research and teaching activities through independent studies, voluntary collaboration on faculty projects, and teamwork efforts with other graduate students. To be eligible for an assistantship through the AESHM Department, a graduate student must:

  • Be accepted into the graduate program in the AESHM Department at Iowa State University at either full or provisional level.
  • Have good English written and oral communication skills.
  • Have skills and expertise relevant to teaching and research needs.
  • Apply for an assistantship. Both new and returning students must apply for an assistantship on an annual basis.

Selection criteria

Graduate assistantships for new students are offered based on the following:

  • Grade point average
  • GRE or GMAT  scores
  • Letters of  recommendation
  • Skills and/or experiences that meet needs within the department

Continuing students are offered assistantships based on the following:

  • Their satisfactory performance on the current assistantship
  • Department needs
  • Satisfactory progress in the program of study

Salary/Tuition

For the current academic year, graduate assistantships offer the following salaries:

Appointment M.S.   student Ph.D.   student
1/4-time   appointment (10 hours) 690.25/month 737.50/month
1/2-time   appointment (20 hours) 1,380.50/month 1,475.50/month

Assistantship tuition

Along with the assistantship appointment, the student will receive tuition scholarship that covers the student’s tuition as follows:

Appointment M.S.   student Ph.D.   student
1/4-time   appointment (10 hours) 890.00 (25% of tuition) 1,780.00 (50% of tuition)
1/2-time   appointment (20 hours) 1,780.00 (50% of tuition) 3,560.00 (100% of tuition)

 

GMAP

The Graduate Minority Assistantship Program (GMAP) offers financial assistance to U.S. citizens who are members of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.