GA positions are not awarded to a faculty member or program on a permanent basis – they are awarded to specific students for specific tasks. There are no guarantees of another GA being awarded to a faculty member or program based on prior awards.
GA positions funded by graduate studies will be for a maximum of $7,000 per year plus a maximum of 9 hours per semester of tuition remission. Note that these are negotiated, and many students receive a smaller stipend or less tuition.
The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student has completed all necessary paperwork in HR, and ensuring that the MOA or adjunct faculty paperwork are completed correctly and in a timely manner. Supervisors must report on the progress of each GA to the Graduate Dean at the end of each semester.
Supervisors must provide the Graduate Dean with a summary of work accomplished and an evaluation of the GA at the end of each semester – including specific accomplishments. GAs will not be eligible for continued employment or tuition assistance if this evaluation is not received at least 14 days before the start of the next semester.
For continuing GAs, the supervisor must also confirm that the student is continuing in the program, and has met the GPA requirements.
Once awarded to an individual student, GA positions may be continued for 4 semesters if the student makes satisfactory progress, meets all requirements, the funding source continues, and the supervisor completes all necessary reports in a timely manner.
Graduate Teaching Assistants, because they are on each semester’s workload report, need to be renewed each semester.
Graduate Assistant pay schedules may vary, however, the majority are paid on the monthly student cycle (20th of each month in Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Feb., Mar., Apr., May). Graduate Teaching Assistants are paid on the last working day of the month similarly to adjunct instructors.
Missouri Western is committed to teaching courses using faculty members. We realize, however, that under some circumstances a graduate student can be an effective teacher and also enhance their graduate school experience through teaching. In order for a department chair to assign a course to a graduate student, the TA Position Approval Form
must be completed. Additional funds from the part-time/overload budget will not be allocated for TAs, however, the part-time/overload budget can be used where a TA will be replacing another adjunct faculty member.
The amount of the tuition scholarship awarded to TAs will vary depending on the number of credits the TA is teaching. Scholarships are competitive and limited.
- In order to comply with Missouri Statute 170.012 international students whose primary language is not English may not receive a graduate teaching assistantship during their first semester. International students must comply with all facets of 170.012 in order to receive a graduate teaching assistantship.