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Graduate Assistant / Associate Teaching
We offer financial assistance to most graduate students in the form of a Graduate Assistant/Associate in Teaching. M.A. students are funded at the Assistant level; doctoral students with an M.A. are funded at the Associate level, which carries a higher salary.
The Graduate Committee, appointed by the Department Head and chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies, evaluates applications on a competitive basis.
The Head of the History Department awards GATs to full-time students (minimum of 6 graduate credit hours per semester) on the recommendation of the Faculty Graduate Committee, with preference given to students who already have the M.A.
The number of GATs varies according to the funding we receive. If you are awarded a GAT as a Ph.D. student, you can reasonably expect three renewals for a total of four years, pending availability of funding, provided that you maintain a high level of performance in your teaching and in your courses (minimum 3.0 grade point average), and fulfill the other requirements for satisfactory progress in your program of study. For example, grades of incomplete in your course work and failure to pass language examinations when required will count against you in your application for renewal.
If you are employed by another University department, inform the DGS and the Graduate Program Coordinator of this employment immediately. Concurrent employment as a GAT in another department affects the payroll process. Informing the Business Manager of this additional employment in advance of hire will help him coordinate the preparation of your hiring documents and will assure appropriate payment.
Each August the Graduate College conducts a one time training session that is mandatory for all new GATs. The History Department also provides a mandatory one-day workshop for all GATs in History.
Criteria for GAT Awards
The Graduate Committee evaluates applicants for graduate funding on the basis of overall achievement in three categories:
- Quality of academic performance, as indicated by recommendations from the major advisor and other faculty, student performance evaluations from 600-level classes in history, and over-all GPA.
- Teaching capabilities, as indicated by letters of recommendation from faculty or past employers, evaluations by faculty whom the applicant assisted and student evaluations.
- Progress toward timely completion of degree requirements, as indicated by recommendations from the major advisor and/or other committee members and as measured by the “Point” System:
|2 each||Pass a language exam or equivalent (up to 2 languages) before comprehensives|
|1||Complete Historiography (HIST695K) in first year of program|
|1 each||Complete seminar courses (HIST696), up to 2 (in lieu of MA thesis)|
|2||Complete Master’s thesis|
|1||Complete Master’s degree|
|2||Complete Qualifying Review in second semester of doctoral program|
|1 each||Complete History 696 seminar paper|
|1||Pass a language exam or equivalent beyond 2 languages, if required by the student’s committee or advisor.|
|1||Form Exam Committee by third semester of doctoral program|
|1||Complete Ph.D. Minor requirements|
|3||Complete Doctoral Comprehensive Exams before seventh semester of program|
|2||Complete Doctoral Comprehensive Exams in seventh semester or later|
|2||Complete dissertation prospectus review within six months of completing exams|
|½||Sustained documented field research (per semester)|
The Graduate College maintains specific criteria for GATs as well, which are specified on the Notice of Appointment, the official employment contract.