Graduate Assistantships - Faculty and Staff Information and Resources

Grand Valley State University gives faculty and staff the opportunity to hire qualified graduate students to be Graduate Assistants to help with special projects and assignments that require the skilled work of a graduate student.

However, graduate assistantships are not to be used in lieu of hiring student employees for clerical and office support.


Important Information for Graduate Assistant Supervisors

As a Graduate Assistant Supervisor, your main points of contact are the Graduate School and the Office of Student Employment. Please contact the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding your GA’s contract, hours, stipend, tuition waiver, or responsibilities. You must contact the Graduate School immediately if your GA resigns their position, or if the GA is in danger of termination.

Please review the Top Ten List: What a GA Supervisor Should Know for important information regarding your responsibilities as a GA supervisor. Further information may be found in the Graduate Assistantship Appointment Policy and Procedures section of the Graduate Education Policies and Procedures Manual.

New GA Supervisors are required to attend New GA Supervisor Orientation which will be held before the start of each semester.

Writing Graduate Assistant Job Description

If you have a Graduate Assistant position available or in mind, please see the helpful Guidelines for Writing Graduate Assistant Job Descriptions. When you are ready to appoint a Graduate Assistant, please use the Graduate Assistantship Appointment Forms.

More details

For more information on Graduate Assistantships and the processes and requirements for hiring a Graduate Assistant, please refer to the Policies and Procedures Manual.

GA appointment forms and instructions on filling them out can be found on the Graduate Assistantship Appointment Forms page.

Page last modified November 6, 2023