Financial assistance can be an important factor as you consider your decision to pursue an advanced degree. The Greenlee School offers several funding opportunities to its graduate students, including teaching and research assistantships.
Teaching assistantships vary depending on funding sources and amounts.
Greenlee School teaching assistantships are awarded for either a semester or an academic year (nine months from August through the end of the semester in May). Very few summer assistantships are available.
As a teaching assistant, you’ll likely assist a professor in handling duties associated with teaching large classes. Your duties may include lecturing, grading assignments, recording grades, preparing class materials, administering examinations and more.
You’ll work directly for the professor (or professors) directing the class and will be evaluated by that professor at the end of each term.
In cases of teaching a course as the instructor of record (an opportunity reserved for graduate students with significant professional experience), you’ll work closely with Greenlee’s associate director.
In some cases, teaching assistants may engage in work for more than one professor. For example, you might be assigned to work 10 hours per week in each of two media law classes taught by two different professors. Or you might be assigned 10 hours per week assisting a professor teaching a large lecture class and 10 hours a week working with a second professor on research.
If you’re contemplating a career in teaching, you will find a teaching assistantship will give you valuable experience that will enable you to develop your teaching style and classroom materials.
Research assistantships are often obtained by faculty members who write competitive grants that are funded through the university from internal or external sources. The professsor who receives the grant will select who will receive the assistantship. Other times, a new faculty member may be assigned a research assistant as part of the hiring agreement.
If you receive a research assistantship, you’ll report directly to the professor who has received the assignment. That professor will assign your duties and supervise your work.
As a research assistant, you might help the professor assemble a literature review of research in a particular area or assist in designing, collecting, coding and analyzing data.
If you’re interested in research, you will find that being involved in an ongoing research project is extremely valuable in understanding the research process from funding through paper presentations and research publications.
Eligibility and Application Process
To be considered for a Greenlee School assistantship, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and be on full admission status.
- You must be registered as a full-time student (taking nine credits of graduate courses during the fall or spring semester or one course during the summer) while employed as a graduate assistant. Note: If you have completed all course requirements and are working on a thesis or creative component, you will be considered full time if you register for at least two thesis (JL MC 699) or creative component (JL MC 599) credits.
- You need to be on campus if you are employed as a graduate assistant. Any extended absences must be approved by the Director of Graduate Education (DOGE).
If you’re interested in receiving a graduate assistantship from the Greenlee School, contact Gang Han, the school’s Director of Graduate Education, or Katie Siders, the college’s graduate program assistant.
For more information on the selection process, timing and awarding of Greenlee graduate assistantships, refer to Greenlee’s Graduate Handbook.
Tuition, Fee Reduction and Other Benefits for Graduate Assistants
Complete details about tuition, fee reduction and health insurance can be found on the Graduate College’s Graduate Assistantships page.
Greenlee graduate students can be nominated for the Peter Meehan Memorial Scholarship Award for contribution to theory and demonstrated humanitarian concern. The Graduate Steering Committee asks faculty to suggest students based on student work and contributions. This award is typically given annually, based on available funds after a successful proposal defense.
Other scholarships are awarded as funding becomes available. Admission to the Greenlee School’s graduate program places you under consideration for scholarships and other funding opportunities. There is no separate application for scholarships.
It is possible for you to receive assistantship support from other units on campus as a graduate student in the Greenlee School. Graduate students at the Greenlee School are eligible to apply for a number of these opportunities.
In these cases, the salary level is determined by the hiring unit. In cases where the student receives an appointment from another unit, an individual in that unit will supervise the assistantship and make all decisions concerning its extension or termination.
Find more information on financing a graduate degree, including expenses you may expect to encounter and ways in which Iowa State provides assistance for educational expenses, from Iowa State University’s Graduate College.