2016-2017 Graduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog > Graduate Assistantships
The Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University offers an excellent graduate assistantship program. The primary purpose of the program is to enhance the student's academic experience while pursuing a graduate degree at ESU.
Therefore, graduate assistantships are available to attract the "best and brightest" prospective students to ESU graduate programs and to provide highly qualified graduate students with professional development experiences related to research and leadership in their field of study.
Graduate assistants function under the auspices of graduate faculty on academic, clinical, research, or leadership activities or special projects related to the field of graduate study. Graduate assistant appointments are awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified students without regard to financial need.
Therefore, the awarding of a graduate assistantship is an honor as well as a scholarship. The Graduate College is the designated unit on campus to officially offer graduate assistantships to students, based upon the recommendation of an academic department.
Finally, a graduate assistant at all times is subject to all existing and any new policies, procedures, and rules that arise during the term of award and assistantships are based on available funding.
The Graduate College offers a variety of graduate assistantships, categorized as follows:
Frederick Douglass Institute graduate assistantships are open to applicants with a record of academic achievement and scholarship who demonstrate potential for leadership and ability to promote unity in a civil society.
Students with Frederick Douglass Institute graduate assistantships will be assigned to function under the auspices of graduate faculty in an academic department or administrators to enhance their leadership skills and serve the Frederick Douglass Institute.
Residence life graduate assistants are assigned to and receive room in one of the university residence halls and provide services as needed by the Office of Residence Life and Housing in the management of the residence halls.
Residence life graduate assistantships require availability one week before and after the academic semester, as well as on evenings and weekends throughout the semester.
Eligibility criteria for full consideration for a Graduate Assistantship at ESU include the following criteria:
Exceptions to these eligibility requirements may only be made upon written recommendation of the student’s academic department, endorsed by the student’s college dean, and with the approval of the graduate dean.
Applicants for a Graduate Assistantship are notified of their selection and offer of an assistantship by a letter from the graduate dean. The Graduate Assistantship Award Letter will outline the details of the award. Graduate Assistantships may be offered for an academic year, a semester (fall/spring), or a summer session, with award levels as follows:
Typically, applicants will be notified of an offer for the fall semester or an academic year in May, June, July, or August; for the spring semester in November or December; and for the summer session in May or June.
Late appointments may be made due to changes in award availability, resignations, or dismissals.
Upon receipt of an offer, applicants are expected to follow the guidelines, as stipulated in the award letter, to accept the offer. Failure to complete all requirements by the due dates will result in forfeiture of the offer of a graduate assistantship.
Finally, of important note, while graduate faculty in academic departments and administrators may recommend applicants for a graduate assistantship, only the Graduate College can authorize the awarding of a graduate assistantship. Therefore, applicants should await an official offer letter from the graduate dean.
The award of a graduate assistantship includes professional duties performed under the supervision of a graduate faculty or administrator. The Graduate Assistantship Award Letter will specify the name and position of the graduate faculty or administrator and the unit in which the duties are to be performed. The extent of hours will be specified, commensurate with the award level, as follows:
Graduate assistants are expected to meet with their supervisor before the start of the assistantship to discuss professional expectations and work duties.
Graduate assistants are expected to perform assigned professional responsibilities and demonstrate good work habits.
Additionally, graduate assistants are expected to maintain good academic standing and satisfactory progress toward their degree.
Graduate assistantships provide financial compensation for the work or professional duties performed.
The total amount of the compensation correlates with the award level, as follows:
Graduate assistants are compensated for the work performed on an hourly basis, paid on a biweekly schedule.
In addition to the compensation for the professional duties or functions performed, graduate assistantships offer a waiver of in-state tuition, commensurate with the award level, as follows:
In order to receive the tuition waiver specified for the award level, graduate assistants are required to perform the specified number of hours of work or professional duties. Graduate assistants are responsible for all non-tuition fees required of graduate students.
During the academic year, all graduate assistants must register for a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate coursework per semester. During the summer sessions, all graduate assistants must register for the specified credit hours of graduate work.
Graduate assistants may resign a graduate assistantship position due to professional or personal reasons. However, customary with professional standards of practice, a letter or resignation and advance notice are preferred to allow for transition of the position. If the resignation occurs during the course of an academic semester, compensation and tuition waiver will be pro-rated to the date of the resignation. A student who resigns a graduate assistantship position in good standing may reapply and accept another award in the future if eligibility criteria are met.
Graduate assistants are expected to follow all university policies and procedures in fulfillment of their work and academic responsibilities. Failure to perform professional duties, demonstrate good work habits, maintain good academic standing, or follow university policies and procedures will result in corrective or disciplinary measures, from mentoring and coaching to potential termination of the graduate assistantship award.
The Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University offers an excellent graduate student worker program. The primary purpose of the Graduate Student Worker Program is to provide university departments and units a student workforce in specific job areas and to support the students’ need to obtain practical work experience. Positions requested must reflect a need for a highly specialized trained student with advanced knowledge of the work field. Graduate Student Workers need to possess a highly maintained set of technical skills and should be working in a field related to their academic pursuit. The Graduate College is the designated unit on campus to offer Graduate Student Worker positions to departments and other units on campus. Graduate Student Worker positions do not include tuition waivers.
The Request for a Graduate Student Worker Position is a request for a GSW position for the current year only. If a unit is awarded a GSW position, then the review of graduate student worker applications or recommendation of a current graduate student for the position will follow. Once again, the Graduate College is the designated unit to make an official offer of a Graduate Student Worker to a student. To be eligible to receive a Graduate Student Worker position, graduate students must be admitted into a graduate program, enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credits, and in academic good standing.
New students who have not yet established academic standing in the Graduate College are required to have a 3.0 GPA as an undergraduate, both overall and in their major.
A full-time Graduate Student Worker position offers a graduate student 20 hours of work experiences per week (300 hours per semester, or 600 hours per academic year) with a stipend between $8.34-$15.00/ an hour.
A half-time Graduate Student Worker position offers a graduate student 10 hours of work experiences per week (150 hours per semester, or 300 hours per academic year) with a stipend between $8.34-$15.00/ an hour.
For further information about the Graduate Assistantship or Graduate Student Worker program at East Stroudsburg University, please contact the Graduate College office at 570-422-3536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of the Graduate Assistantship Program
Eligibility Criteria for a Graduate Assistantship
Application for a Graduate Assistantship
Award of a Graduate Assistantship
Resignation or Dismissal
Overview of the Graduate Student Worker Program
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