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Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Mathematics

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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Each year the Department of Mathematics and Economics provides Graduate Teaching Assistantships for up to five on-campus students. First preference is given to graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in mathematics or informatics. Primary duties include teaching one or two mathematics courses each semester and/or tutoring in the Math Lab. You should expect to work about twenty hours each week. The assistantship includes a tuition waiver of up to 12 hours for each semester that you are teaching, and a salary of at least $7,000 per year. GTAs are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and complete at least six hours of coursework each semester.

  • All openings for the 2022-2023 academic year are currently filled.

If you would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship, please follow these steps:

  1. Apply for admittance as an on-campus, degree-seeking student, indicating your interest in an assistantship on the form.
  2. Be accepted into the graduate mathematics or informatics program.
  3. Contact Dr. Brian Hollenbeck, the chair of the department, at to notify him of your interest in the position. (There is no firm deadline, but decisions are generally made by March for Fall assistantships, and by October for Spring assistantships.)
  4. Arrange to have at least one letter of reference that addresses your teaching and/or tutoring ability sent to Dr. Hollenbeck at the above email address.
  5. You may check this page regularly to see if there are any updates to the availability of assistantships for an upcoming semester.

International students are welcome to apply for assistantships too. For more details, check the Graduate Policy Handbook.pdf. Relevant information can be found below:

Graduate Assistant Awards for International Graduate Students

International graduate students cannot be offered a graduate assistantship until they have completed all the admission requirements of the Office of International Education and have been accepted to Emporia State University and have been found eligible in a graduate degree.

Once these requirements are met, an offer can be made contingent upon successful clearance of a background check. The department will be required to provide the student with a letter stating they have been offered a position. This proof of employment is a requirement in order to obtain a Social Security number. The student cannot begin work until Human Resources has received all the required employment documents and the background check has cleared.

Required Tests for International Graduate Teaching Assistants

In addition to English Proficiency requirements for admission to graduate study, graduate teaching assistants being considered for any employment having classroom or laboratory instructional responsibility and/or direct tutorial responsibilities and whose first language is not English must meet the following requirements PRIOR to being awarded a graduate teaching assistantship.

  1. Present a TOEFL score of at least 550.
  2. To be eligible for an appointment without spoken English language remediation conditions, all prospective graduate teaching assistants, whose first language is not English, shall be required to achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), or a score of 250 Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or equivalent, or a minimum score of 22, set by Board staff in consultation with the Council of Chief Academic Officers and with the approval of the Board Academic Affairs Standing Committee, on the Speaking section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
  3. Must be interviewed and have their competency in spoken English assessed by no fewer than three institutional personnel, one of whom shall be a student. The interview can be conducted either face-to-face or by mediated means.
  4. Prospective graduate teaching assistants who do not meet the above requirements shall not be assigned teaching responsibilities nor other tasks requiring direct instructional contact with students.

International Graduate Teaching Assistant requirements taken from the Kansas Board of Regents Policy and Procedures Manual.

International students requiring testing for teaching assistantships must be on campus and available for testing two weeks prior to the date classes begin.