Graduate Assistants


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Graduate Assistant Orientation - Fall 2016

The Graduate Assistant Orientation program is designed to provide teaching, research, and graduate assistants with the tools needed to succeed in meeting the demands of an assistantship. The orientation does not have all the answers, but we hope that it helps graduate assistants to ask the right questions. The most important resource to graduate assistants is their faculty adviser. The Graduate School, department staff, and fellow students can be helpful and offer additional assistance as well. Ultimately, graduate assistants will create their own path for negotiating the demands of study, work, and personal life.


Location: MUB Granite State Room
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Orientation: 8:00am - 12:00pm

This is a mandatory program for all newly appointed graduate assistants and fellows (as well as those who hold an appointment but have not yet been able to attend an orientation). A Required Forms Session, during which time students may submit their I-9, W4, and other government forms, will immediately follow the orientation.

Required Forms Session: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Students who have not completed their paper work will have the opportunity to complete I-9, W-4, and payroll deduction forms at this time. Two forms of ID (social security card and driver's license) or a passport will be required to complete the I-9. The Social Security Administration is also available.

Afternoon Session: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

A presentation by Catherine Overson, Associate Director, for the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning.

Student Support Services: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Overview of various student support services such as the Counseling Center, Health Services, Disability Services, Campus Recreation, and the MUB (Memorial Union Building).

Meet & Greet: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A meet and greet session along with open discussion at the MUB.

Responsibilities & Resources

The role of a graduate assistant complements the student's academic program as well as makes additional demands. Assistantship responsibilities will bring graduate assistants into contact with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. It is expected that graduate assistants follow the advice of the faculty adviser and assistantship supervisor (not always the same person), respond to the demands of fellow graduate and undergraduate students, and meet the expectations and standards of the faculty within the program. There is a challenge to finding the right balance between academic studies, personal life, and assistantship obligations as a graduate assistant.

Graduate Assistant Documents

Graduate Assistant Community and Services Information

All documents and links have been provided by the respective organization, office or department. If you have any questions or concerns about these documents, and your responsibilities as a graduate assistant, please contact your department or the graduate school (