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Graduate Assistantship Information

Thank you for hiring our students as assistants. As you complete the hiring process, please familiarize yourself with the new policies and procedures for assistantships.

Students awarded an assistantship are required to carry at least the minimal course load required of a full-time graduate student at the College (nine hours of graduate course work per semester) and must maintain a satisfactory grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the Graduate School. A student must be admitted as a degree-seeking student in order to be considered for an assistantship. Out-of-state students on assistantships may apply for an abatement of the out-of-state portion of tuition, enabling them to pay in-state rates.

The hiring processes for each of the four types of Assistantship are described below:

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are general assistantships which provide project and other support either in the students’ program office or in other offices at the College.

In order to hire a Graduate Assistant, complete the following paperwork and forward it to the Graduate School Office for processing.

Please note that the ‘Program Director’ signature line must be signed by the Director of the student’s academic program, not by the Director of the department hiring the student.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are teaching positions that place graduate students in an undergraduate class or lab setting with SACS criteria, which must be met, require that each TA must be under the direct supervision of a faculty member with experience in the teaching discipline, receive regular in-service training, and be evaluated regularly. In addition, graduate teaching assistants who have primary responsibility for teaching a course or lab for credit and/or for assigning final grades for such a course must have earned at least 18 graduate credit hours. TAs will normally not be the “instructor-of-record” for any course or lab. Exceptions must be approved by the appropriate school dean, who will forward written approval to the Graduate School Office.

In order to hire a Teaching Assistant, complete the following paperwork and forward it to the Graduate School Office for processing.

Please note that the ‘Program Director’ signature line must be signed by the Director of the student’s academic program, not by the Director of the department hiring the student.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships, usually funded under a grant, focus on supporting and engaging in the research of an established College professor or researcher affiliated with the college. Research Assistantships are paid either Hourly, as employees of the College of Charleston, or with Stipends through Expense Authorizations processed by the Controller’s Office.

The hiring process for each type of Research Assistantship is described below:

Research Assistant (Hourly)

In order to hire a Research Assistant (Hourly), complete the following paperwork and forward it to the Graduate School Office for processing.

It is appropriate to use the Hourly paperwork if the student performs work primarily for the benefit of the professor or researcher.

Please note that the ‘Program Director’ signature line must be signed by the Director of the student’s academic program, not by the Director of the department hiring the student.

Research Assistant (Stipend)

In order to hire a Research Assistant (Stipend), complete the following paperwork and forward it to the Graduate School Office for processing.

It is appropriate to use the Stipend process if the work is done primarily for the student’s own research, and secondarily for the benefit of the professor or researcher.

Please note that the ‘Program Director’ signature line must be signed by the Director of the student’s academic program, not by the Director of the department hiring the student. An Expense Authorization form must be included with the hiring paperwork.

General Hiring Information

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