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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships in the Department of Kinesiology are available on a competitive basis. A full-time graduate assistantship (GA) requires 20 hours per week with and pays a minimum of $4500 per semester with some assignments paying higher amounts. In addition, summer session assistantships may also be available. The most common source of GA funding is to teach within Kinesiology's Lifetime Physical Activity and Fitness Program. Students serving in this program receive training on effective instructional strategies. GA's may also be assigned teaching responsibilities in laboratory sections of undergraduate classes related to their graduate training. Graduate students enrolled in the exercise physiology concentration may be assigned to an assistantship within the Human Performance Laboratory. Additional research assistantships may also be available. Students enrolled in academic programs in Kinesiology have also been successful in acquiring GA's through other sources such as Campus Recreation and Wellness as well as the Athletic Department.  For more information on GA's within the Department of Kinesiology, please contact:

Dr. Tom Raedeke
Graduate Program Director
Department of Kinesiology
172 Minges Coliseum
Greenville NC 27858-4353
(252) 737-1292
raedeket@ecu.edu

East Carolina University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, which accommodates the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Applications:

Individuals interested in applying for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Kinesiology should complete an Application for Graduate Assistantship. Cand email it, along with your resume, to Dr. Raedeke at raedeket@ecu.edu. Please include your name on the application and resume file titles.

Policies for Graduate Assistantships:

Assistantships may only be awarded to full-time graduate students enrolled in on-campus programs that lead to a graduate degree at East Carolina University. Employees at other state agencies may not hold a graduate assistantship. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible for an assistantship. Students in a master’s program should not receive support for more than five semesters (excluding summer sessions).

Graduate assistants are limited to 25 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters in any combination of appointments within ECU. Consistent with the Graduate School policy for ECU employment, we strongly recommend full-time students to limit employment outside and within ECU to no more than 25 total hours per week to facilitate academic success. Federal regulations, with no exceptions, limit foreign students to twenty hours per week in fall and spring semesters.

Students are ineligible for assistantships if they are not registered by census day. Census day is defined as the day that enrollment is captured and, concurrently, how ECU's funding is awarded. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that anyone on an assistantship is registered on or before the last day to add classes each semester.

For graduate assistants to be exempt from FICA tax, they must have a minimum registration of 4 hours for the fall and spring semesters and 3 hours in the summer. If the GA is registered for less than the stated hours, FICA will be withheld. Departments paying students from sources other than state appropriated dollars should note that the university's portion of the FICA (7.65%) will be taken from the funding source used to pay the assistantship and should therefore budget accordingly.

Departments must issue a signed contract for each graduate assistant. GA’s with teaching assignments must receive in-service training, be under the direct supervision of an experienced faculty member in the field, and be evaluated each semester. For teaching assistants (TA), the contract must state (a) what course(s) they are teaching, (b) the name of the individual responsible for the course, name of the supervising faculty, (c) the TA has been/will be trained, (d) the TA will be monitored and evaluated, (e) name the individual responsible for the evaluation. All other assistantship contracts must briefly describe the graduate assistant's duties and include the name of the supervising faculty. All units hiring graduate assistants are required to have a copy of the completed contract in the student's personnel file.

Please note that University Graduate School policy supersedes any information posted above. We encourage you to refer to the Graduate Catalog for the most up to date policy on graduate assistantships ( http://catalog.ecu.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=821#Eligibility%20for%20Assistantship%20Funds

East Carolina University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, which accommodates the needs of individuals with disabilities.

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