Graduate assistantship opportunities
Several graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant positions may be available each year on a competitive basis.
The positions are nine-month appointments, however research faculty may have support available for the summer months as well. Graduate students appointed to a 50 percent assignment receive a tuition waiver for a maximum of 10 hours in the fall and spring terms. Funds are provided for tuition benefits only; students will be responsible for campus privilege fees (student health, activity fees, etc.) GRAs, supported by APDesign faculty research grants, will receive a stipend and a reduction of tuition to in-state tuition rates.
The director of the PhD program takes the following factors into account when making GTA and GRA assignments: teaching needs of the College, faculty research needs, and the background of each individual graduate student.
Graduate assistantships are typically awarded for three years, contingent upon satisfactory performance of required duties as a GTA or a GRA, plus academic progress, including the achievement of a minimum cumulative 3.33 grade point average in graduate studies at Kansas State University.
Responsibilities and assignments for GTAs are allocated by the director of the PhD program, who works in consultation with the department heads and the faculty. Tasks generally include teaching first- or second-year courses and providing other assistance for faculty teaching large enrollment classes.
Generally, the duties of a GRA include: data analysis, report writing, preparation of graphics, participating in professional presentations, attending meetings on the research project, and other items deemed necessary by the principal investigator.
To be appointed as a GTA or a GRA, the student must have a social security number. Paychecks are distributed biweekly.