Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

A graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) is a professional position funded by a department or office at the University. All assistantships provide direct service to the University’s programs and offices, as well as functioning as an integral part of the curriculum and total learning experience in the CSSA program.

An OSU graduate teaching assistantship provides the graduate student with a monthly salary (stipend), tuition remission, and an institutional contribution toward the graduate assistant-only health insurance premium. Assistantship appointments range from 0.20 FTE to 0.49 FTE (FTE meaning, full-time equivalent). An assistant on a 0.30 FTE appointment, for example, is expected to provide 156 hours of service during a 13-week academic term.

All graduate assistants are required:
  • To perform the full duties of service as determined by their departments
  • To be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term of their appointment during the academic year (9 credits during the summer)
  • To be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.

Admitted CSSA students will receive specific information regarding open graduate teaching assistantships shortly after admission is offered.

Offices that have hosted CSSA Graduate Assistantships in the past:

The Graduate Assistantship in Career Services is a .49 FTE position that allows a full range of experiences in career development activities at OSU. The Career Services GTA serves as the primary supervisor for the Career Services undergraduate staff and will recruit, hire, and train these student workers. In addition, they will build the team, delegate tasks, and assist in their professional development. The GTA will also develop skills in one-on-one career advising (assisting students in developing skills to ready themselves for the job search, graduate school applications, job search strategies, and resumes/cover letters). They will provide resources to OSU students and alumni, conduct presentations to student groups, and help plan and implement new programs and Career Services events. They may also serve as a liaison to various academic departments and student groups. CSSA students interested in a GTA position in Career Services must be committed to supporting diversity and working with a small team that serves the needs of OSU students & alumni, staff & faculty, employers, and the surrounding community. Personal/Telephone interview required.

The overall goal of this position is to develop, in conjunction with the College of Engineering faculty, learning modules related to academic success for first-year engineering students. The GTA will have the opportunity to further develop content and supporting materials related to topics that impact student success in weekly recitations of a general engineering orientation course. The GTA should possess an understanding of student learning and engagement and use this understanding to help determine the most effective way to provide the freshman, general engineering students, the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate their first-year engineering studies. Additionally, the GTA should possess a basic understanding of issues related to students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields.

The Graduate Assistantship in the College of Pharmacy is a .49 FTE position which provides a range of experiences in academic advising, admissions, orientation, and other student affairs functions within the College. Specifically, the graduate assistant can expect to spend a significant amount of time working with Pre-pharmacy students in an academic advising capacity as well as representing the College of Pharmacy at on and off-campus recruiting events for prospective students and their families. Opportunities are also available for involvement in the administration of the Pharmacy School admissions process, college-wide assessment efforts, diversity initiatives, advising a student organization, and teaching an introductory course for exploring students. A background in science is not required.

The Diversity & Cultural Engagement Graduate Teaching Assistant involves facilitating event planning for the Cultural Centers (Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural César Chávez, and Native American Longhouse), including one All-Center event each quarter; implementing staff development programs including retreats and quarterly in-service training for Cultural Center staff; assisting with cultural center staff fall training and spring staff selection; co-teaching the coordinator class (CSSA 406); and supervising student coordinators. The person fulfilling this position must have sensitivity to traditionally underrepresented groups including, but not limited to Asian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian-Americans, Africans, African-Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, and Mexicanos, Alaskan Native, and Native Americans.

This program recruits and assists in the retention of minority, disadvantaged, and disabled students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. The needs of each student are identified and an academic plan of tutoring, counseling, and advising is provided. The assistantship provides an opportunity to participate in this process and serve as a member of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) staff working with and advising students. Personal interviews preferred.

This assistantship is a .49 FTE position and reports to the Extended Campus Director of Department and Student Services. The Ecampus GTA will assist the unit in serving online learning students enrolled at OSU including undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree seeking students. Primary responsibilities include providing effective backup, support, and problem-solving on student services inquiries; assisting in the design, implementation and analysis of the annual student survey process; and assisting with exam proctoring and procedures. Other responsibilities include working with other staff members on various projects as necessary. The Ecampus GTA may occasionally travel to meetings, classes, other colleges, and other sites on and off-campus. Personal interview required.

The Athletic Academic Advisor GTA works with student-athletes on developmental issues and time management. Assist students in identifying academic needs such as tutoring and study hall assistance. Advocate for students with coaches and professors, as appropriate. Facilitate each student's connections with other programs on campus and in the community, and assist student-athletes to focus on personal goals after graduation. Personal interviews preferred.

The Student Services Office within the College of Forestry is the focal point for a variety of student-related services including undergraduate student recruitment, orientation, academic advising, retention, academic success, engagement, and enhancement, scholarships/fellowships, programs and events, student employment recruitment, student clubs, and related academic affairs activities. The College of Forestry utilizes a decentralized advising model in which students are advised by either professorial or professional faculty depending upon their academic major. This assistantship is offered only as budgets allow and therefore may not be available each year.

Students with an interest in the fields of International Education, Education Abroad, International Internships, International Students & Scholars, and/or the English Language Institute should consider these assistantships. Assistantships may not be available every year. GA's have had the opportunity to serve in the following roles: an advisor to international students, an international student assistant, an education abroad program assistant, an international internships program assistant, grant writer, research assistant, coordinator of community programs, and editor of the "OSU International" (a campus-wide newsletter). International experience and foreign language skills strongly preferred. Resume, cover letter, and interview required.