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McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2943
Fax: 610-436-2763
Email: gradstudy@wcupa.edu


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


Graduate Assistantships Information
Email: gradassistantships@wcupa.edu


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Graduate Assistantships

The Office of Graduate Studies realizes that pursuing your graduate education can be a substantial financial undertaking. In order to aid our graduate students with the cost, WCU has created an extensive Graduate Assistantship Program that offers Graduate Assistantships to over 10% of our students.

What are the benefits of a Graduate Assistantship (GA)?

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Stipend for the academic year
  • Experience in academic field
  • Experience in higher education

For more information regarding the application process, opportunities, etc, please contact the Graduate Assistantship Coordinator at GRADASSISTANTSHIPS@wcupa.edu.

Eligibility and General Information

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified graduate students for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY. Interested students should contact their graduate coordinator to determine the availability of assistantships.

To be eligible to receive a graduate assistantship, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Must be a fully matriculated, degree-seeking, graduate student; certification students are not eligible, and provisionally accepted students are not eligible unless the provisions are removed before the semester begins. Exceptions are not applicable for non-degree students. Exceptions for certification and provisionally accepted students must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for current graduate students (if a graduating senior, the undergraduate GPA must be at least 2.8)
  3. Have indicated interest in a graduate assistantship on the electronic application for admission to graduate studies

To indicate interest in a graduate assistantship when applying for admission to graduate studies, a check mark must be placed in the graduate assistanship interest area located near the end of the application. The check mark automatically downloads student information into the Graduate Assistantship applicant pool. Subsequently, this information is forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator of each program for review and decision.

Assistantships are also offered by departments outside of the individual colleges (non-academic) such as the Academic Programs and Services Division, Residence Life and Housing, Sykes Student Union, the Academic Computing Center, and other offices. The announcements posted under "Current Opportunities" are usually submitted by (but not restricted to) these areas.

The hiring process for graduate assistantships for the academic year usually begins around the end of February and continues through the month of July. Award notifications are forwarded beginning in April and continue until all available positions have been filled.

Graduate assistants, in return for up to 20 hours of assigned duties per week, receive tuition remission, and a stipend. Students are responsible for any charges other than tuition (i.e. fees in exceess of tuition charges). Maintaining graduate assistantships requires students to demonstrate both satisfactory performance in meeting assigned hours, dates, and responsibility, as well as good academic standing. Students holding graduate assistantships who fail to maintain good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0) will have their assistantships revoked. This policy includes grades received for courses taken during summer and winter sessions. Departments also may stipulate higher academic standards for maintaining assistantships.

Graduate Assistants are NOT REQUIRED to work during University authorized breaks/days off (i.e. fall/spring break) unless the job description provided by the hiring department specifically indicates this as a stipulation. Graduate Assistants are also NOT REQUIRED to make up work hours when the University closes due to inclement weather. However, graduate assistants ARE REQUIRED to work during the week of final exams unless an alternate agreement is reached with the immediate supervisor.

Graduate Assistantship Waiver-Stipend Breakdown

Payroll Information

Spring 2017 Pay Dates

(along with corresponding work weeks)

  • February 17 - for pay period ending February 3
  • March 3 - for pay period ending February 17
  • March 17 - for pay period ending March 3
  • March 31 - for pay period ending March 17
  • April 14 - for pay period ending March 31
  • April 28 - for pay period ending April 14
  • May 12 - for pay period ending April 28
  • May 26 - for pay period ending May 12

NOTEWORTHY INFORMATION

ALL new hires must report to the University Payroll Office located at 201 Carter Drive in order to complete the required paperwork. A social security card and a current driver's license or state issued identification must be presented in order to complete the W4, I9 and criminal background check (no exceptions).Students hired as Graduate Assistants are NOT ALLOWED to begin working until the Payroll/Background Check processes are completed.

The graduate assistantship stipend is distributed on a bi-weekly basis through West Chester University's Payroll Office (eight payments per semester). Unless direct deposit is established, checks must be picked up in the Payroll Office each payday. Graduate Assistants ARE NOT required to submit timesheets in order to receive bi-weekly stipend payments. Even so, this does not release students from the responsibility of managing and reporting the time worked to their respective supervisors.

Information for Faculty and Staff

The form below is for department funded GA requests. The form is NOT required for GAs funded by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

For questions concerning the assistantship hiring process, please email GRADASSISTANTSHIIPS@wcupa.edu.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

FALL 2017 GA POSITIONS COMING SOON!

New for Spring: Digital Humanities & New Media: iCAMP - OPEN

This GA position carries a tuition waiver for up to 12 credits of tuition along with a stipend of up to $2500 for the spring semester. The position may be renewed for the summer. For more information, please see the position's details.

Office of Clinical Experiences & Candidate Services - OPEN

The Office of Clinical Experiences & Candidate Services is seeking applicants for a part-time (10 hours/6 credits of tuition/stipend) Graduate Assistant (GA) position for Spring 2017 semester, with possible renewal for the Fall 2017 semester. For more information, please see the position's details.

New Student Programs- (This is NOT a GA position) - Open for Summer 2017 only

There are up to four exciting opportunities available for Graduate Students to be involved with the training, planning, assessment, and implementation of the West Chester University Summer Orientation programs. Only students in Communications, Education, Social Work, and Psychology programs should apply. For more information, please see the position's details.

Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (CAPC) -CLOSED

The CAPC Graduate Assistant assists the Academic Affairs Programs and Policies Manager with tasks related to the work of the Curriculum and Academic Affairs Council (position's details).

Writing Center - Philadelphia Campus - CLOSED

WCU in Philadelphia Writing Center is seeking a peer tutor for the Spring 2017 semester. This graduate assistantship position is located at 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more information, please see the position's details.

COE Online Learning - CLOSED

The College of Education and Social Work is seeking a graduate assistant in the Spring 2017 semester to assist with the design and development of COE Online Graduate courses in D2L. For more information, please see the position's details.

HOURLY WAGE TEMPORARY JOB OPPORTUNITY - College of Education (NOT A GA POSITION) - CLOSED

The College of Education has hourly paid opportunities at $15 per hour assisting with the clearance submission process for August 29, 30, 31 with a one hour training session prior to August 29. Attention to detail and remaining calm under pressure are required. Knowledge of Pennsylvania background criminal clearances is a plus. For more information, please see the position details.

Office of Associate Provost for Curriculum Planning and Development- CLOSED

The Office of the Associate Provost for Curriculum Planning & Development is looking for two half-time Graduate Assistants (6 credits, 10 hours per week) to assist with research and programming efforts focused on undergraduate student success. For more information, please see the position's details.

Graduate Assistant for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) Center - CLOSED

The Graduate Assistant for the TLA Center is responsible for assisting in the planning and admission of the daily operations of the TLA Center. For more information, please see the position's details.

Continuing Professional Education- CLOSED

The Director of Continuing Professional Education is looking for a Graduate Assistant to assist with gathering specific course requirements from training vendors, faculty, and staff to update marketable course descriptions. For more information, please see the position's details.

Poetry Center- CLOSED

The Poetry Center is looking for two positions to assist with activities of the Poetry Center to include advertising activities via Social Media, Poetry Center website, email and other means of communications. For more information, please see the position's details.

Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP)- CLOSED

The WCU Director of Autism Services is looking to hure two graduate assistnats with interests and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and people with ASD to assist with the daily workflow as well as tasks similar to literature reviews and preparing trainings for faculty, staff, and students. For more information, please see the position's details.

Twardowski Career Development Center and Alumni Relations- CLOSED

The Career Development Center and Office of Alumni Relations is seeking an organized and self-motivated graduate student to assist with the coordination, execution, and marketing of programs and services. The position will split time between theboth the Career Development Center and Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, please see positions's details.

Center for Community Solutions- CLOSED

The Center for Community Solutions in the Office for External Operations is seeking an organized and self-motivated graduate student to assist with the completion of projects and requests received by the Center for Community Solutions. For more information, please see positions's details.

Center for Contemplative Studies (CCS) - CLOSED

The Center for Contemplative Studies is seeking applicants for 10 hours per week /part time and 20 hours per week/ full time GA positions. For more information, please see positions's details.

Twardowski Career Development Center - CLOSED

The Twardowski Career Development Center (TCDC) is seeking a graduate assistant (10 hours/week) in the fall and spring to assist with the coordination of Career Ambassadors (paraprofessional peer program) and the center’s marketing efforts to expand outreach. For more information, please see the position's details.

Veterans Center (FALL 2016 ONLY)- CLOSED

The Veterans Center is seeking applicants for a full-time (20 hours per week) Graduate Assistant position for the Fall 2016 semester. For more information, please visit the Veterans Center website.

COE-Office of Clinical Experiences and Candidate Services - CLOSED

The Office of Clinical Experiences & Candidate Services is seeking applicants for a part-time (10 hours/6 credits of tuition/stipend) Graduate Assistant (GA) position for the Fall 2016 semester, with possible renewal for the Spring 2017 semester as fulltime (20 hours/12 credits of tuition/stipend). For more informtion, please see the position's details.

Frederick Douglass Institute Graduate Assistantship - CLOSED

The Frederick Douglass Institute GA will assist in planning and implementation of all institute events. (position's details).

Early Alert Program (EAP) - CLOSED

The EAP Graduate Assistant works with students in both individual appointments and workshops. (position's details).

Geology Field Studies - CLSOED

The Graduate Assistant for Geology Field Studies assists faculty leading geologic field trips throughout the region. (position's details).

The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement - CLOSED

The Student Leadership and Involvement GA assists the Director and Assistant Director of Student involvement in coordinating and promoting student leadership and involvement initiatives with students, faculty, and staff (position's details).

Communication Studies - Forensics Speech and Debate -CLOSED

The Forensics Speech and Debate GA is responsible for coaching members of the Speech and Debate team. For more information, please see the position's details.

College Literature - CLOSED

The College Literature GA assists in the production cycle of peer-reviewed scholarly journal in literary studies (position's details).

Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center - CLOSED

The Cottrell Center GA assists with enhancing the center's entrepreneurship literacy (position's details).

Sports Medicine - CLOSED

The Sports Medicine department is seeking a GA to assist with faculty athletic trainers. For more information, please see the position's details.

Center for International Programs - CLOSED

The Center for International Programs offers Education Abroad Graduate Assistantantships (position's details).

Writing Center - CLOSED

Graduate students interested in becoming a tutor in the writing center should apply for a graduate assistantship in the spring semester for the following academic year. For more information, please visit the Writing Center website.

Residence Life and Housing Services - CLOSED

Residence Life and Housing Services accepts applications for multiple Graduate Assistant positions starting in the spring semester. For more information, please visit the Residence Life and Housing Services website.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - CLOSED

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers graduate research assistant positions (position's details).

Campus Recreation - Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs - CLOSED

The Campus Recreation department is seeking applicants for a full time (20 hours) graduate assistant position for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please see the position's details.

College of Education/Technology Center - CLOSED

The College of Education Technology Center is seeking applicants for a full time graduate assistant position for the 2016-2017 academic year and would like to fill the position ASAP. For more information, please see the position's details.

College of Education Professional Testing Center - CLOSED

The College of Education Professional Testing Center offers full time graduate assistant positions (position details).

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities - CLOSED

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities offers Academic Coach Graduate Assistatnships (position's details).

Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs - CLOSED

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs is seeking applicants for a Graduate Assistant position for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please see the position's details.

Campus Recreation - Fitness Programs - CLOSED

The Campus Recreation department is seeking applicants for a full time (20 hours) graduate assistant position for Fitness Programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please see the position's details.

Sykes Student Union/Sykes After Dark Programming - CLOSED

Sykes Student Union is seeking applicants for a full-time graduate assistant position with Sykes After Dark Programming for academic year 2016-2017. For more information, please see the positions details.

Sykes Student Union/Off Campus and Commuter Services - CLOSED

Sykes Student Union offers a full-time graduate assistant position in their Off Campus and Commuter Services division (position details).

Office of Institutional Research - CLOSED

West Chester University’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) offers full-time graduate assistant positions (position's details).

Women's Center - CLOSED

The Women’s Center, which promotes a campus community that values the safety, equality, and intellectual advancement of women at West Chester University has an opening for a graduate assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please see the position's details.

Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventure Pursuits - CLOSED

Take advantage of a great opportunity to help shape the growing Outdoor Adventure Pursuits Program at West Chester University!!! The Campus Recreation department is seeking applicants for a full time (20 hours) graduate assistant position for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please see the position's details.