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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Important: If you are applying to one of our graduate programs, you will be able to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship through the online graduate program application.

If you are already admitted to one of our graduate programs, you can apply for a GTA position by completing the 2016-2017 GTA Online Application for the current academic year or by completing the 2017-2018 GTA Online Application for next academic year.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Applications for assistantships must be submitted directly to the Maseeh Mathematics & Statistics Department. Acceptance into the graduate program does not guarantee financial assistance.  Currently there are three types of financial support that students may apply for and receive through the department: graduate teaching assistantship, research assistantship, and adjunct.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: We being reviewing GTA applications on February 1st for all masters and doctoral programs except the PhD in Mathematics Education which has an earlier deadline of January 10th.

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University normally hires about 30 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) to teach beginning level courses such as college algebra, trigonometry, and introductory statistics. GTAs are normally hired for a nine-month appointment to begin Fall term. Appointments are awarded to graduate students working on MA/MS in Mathematics, MS in Statistics, MS in Mathematics for Teachers, Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences, and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. Rarely are GTA appointments given to students majoring in other departments. Some summer teaching appointments may be available.

The 2016-2017 stipend for a GTA at the Master’s level is $12,987; for a GTA at the Ph.D. level the stipend is $13,878; after passing the Ph.D. Comprehensive examinations the GTA stipend will be $14,769. In addition to your stipend, GTAs receive a tuition waiver (currently $3,303/term) which pays for instructional fees for 9 credit hours; this does not include university fees (currently $423/term plus $694/term for health insurance premiums, unless students provide proof of insurance to the university). GTA’s may not have outside employment.

Responsibilities for a GTA appointment include:

  • teaching one class per quarter for three quarters each year
  • conducting office hours (normally 2 hours per week)
  • tutoring math or statistics students (lower-division algebra and calculus, or statistics) 1 hour per week
  • attending a 1-hour weekly seminar on the teaching of mathematics/statistics. Attendance is mandatory for all GTAs. You may also choose to receive credit for the seminar (1 credit); however, this is not covered by the tuition waiver.

All GTAs are required to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours and to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better. They are all furnished office space in Neuberger Hall.

A five-day orientation workshop will be held for new GTAs prior to the beginning of Fall term. Topics covered will include university and departmental orientation, individual advising, teaching assignments, model lessons, and methods of assessing what students have learned in your class.

Renewal of a graduate teaching assistantship is not guaranteed, however, an attempt will be made to renew appointments for those whose academic and teaching performance is satisfactory. MA/MS and MAT/MST students may receive a GTA position for a maximum of 2 years; Ph.D. students may receive a GTA position for a maximum of 4 years.

If interested in financial support from the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics and you are already enrolled in one of our graduate programs, please complete the GTA application form (PDF). Please request at least two recommendations from past professors or employers who are familiar with your undergraduate work in mathematics/statistics or with your teaching abilities. If you are a new applicant to one of your graduate programs and are interested in financial support from the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, indicate on the online departmental application that you wish to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Some professors are able to provide Research Assistantships from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. Students are selected by their excellence in scholarship and potential as researchers. The responsibilities and financial support vary based on the grant work. Students interested in this type of assistantship should speak directly with the faculty member that they are interested in working with.

ADJUNCT

From time to time the department is able to hire graduate students as adjunct faculty members. Adjunct faculty members typically teach one or two courses a term.  Tuition waivers are not available to adjunct faculty. Students interested in an adjunct position should contact the current department chair.