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Duties of a graduate assistant are designed to complement the student’s graduate program and to advance the program of the assigning department. Duties assigned to the graduate assistant are subject to approval by the Assistant Provost of Graduate Education and Research.

The hiring department provides graduate assistants a full-time tuition and fees scholarship plus a stipend for their employment. The workload of a graduate assistant consists of up to 20 hours per week during the fall and winter semesters. These 20 hours should include time for preparing materials used in the classroom, teaching, office hours, planning activities and research assignments.

Graduate assistants are salaried employees of the university. Their pay dates begin the first pay day of the fall semester and end at the conclusion of the winter semester. As salaried employees, they have the same days off that faculty have during the year, which include holidays and semester breaks.

Typical duties and responsibilities of graduate assistants may include:

  • teaching/supervising a lecture or a laboratory section under the direction of a faculty member

  • assisting in research projects for a department or individual faculty member

  • grading papers and developing curriculum materials

  • performing limited clerical duties

More information about assistantships can be found in the graduate assistant handbook.  To apply for a graduate assistantship, check with your department for their specific application procedures. If requested, a graduate assistantship application can found on the forms page.

Check with your advisor, department, NMU's job search site Cat Career Tracks, and Career Services for any open positions. Follow all of the instructions specified by the department and/or listed in the posting.

Note that accepting a NMU graduate assistantship makes you ineligible to work in any other position or additional hours on campus during your contracted dates.