Fund your education while gaining valuable professional experience.

The primary purpose of our graduate assistantships is to provide opportunities to gain professional experience, and academic training, and to help relieve some of the financial burdens of graduate school.   

Assistantships are offered in both academic and administrative roles.  Responsibilities and eligibility for assistantships may vary among departments.  

Graduate assistantships pay a stipend of $9,491 for the academic year and cover the tuition for up to 9 credits of graduate-level coursework in both the fall and spring semesters and up to 6 credits during the summer semester. 

The full Graduate Assistant Handbook can be found on the mySEMO portal.

GA Handbook Summary

The graduate assistantship is designed to provide support for a student during full-time graduate study. Technically, the assistantship is a scholarship for which service is required. The assistantship provides an opportunity for a graduate student to serve in a professional role and to establish a professional relationship with faculty, professional staff, and/or administrators.

Southeast has two primary types of assistantships - Teaching and Administrative.

Teaching. The graduate teaching assistant (TA) is expected to participate directly in the teaching of a course, tutoring, or to fulfill duties pertaining to teaching support activities assigned to specific course sections. Support activities may include laboratory or clinical preparation, grading, tutoring, or library research to help prepare class presentations, etc. TA's are required to take GR603 (0 credit hour) course which is an in-depth study of, and intensive practical training in effective classroom teaching. Nursing, MBA, and English TA’s do not have to take GR603. They will complete a department specific orientation. 

Administrative. The graduate administrative assistant (AA) is expected to develop competencies in and assist in the daily operations of a university administrative unit. It is expected that such an AA appointment provide more than routine student clerical support that would typically be performed by student workers on campus.

Appointment recommendations are initiated in the department/unit and require the approval of the College Dean and the Vice Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies. Once approved, the appointment or reappointment forms are finalized and approved by the Office of the Graduate Studies, they are forwarded to Human Resources in order for a contract to be issued. The GA will receive e-mail notification to his/her Southeast student e-mail address regarding the issuance of the contract, along with detailed instructions related to the process of reviewing and accepting the contract.

TAs are expected to work 20 hours per week in completing the equivalent of six credit hours of instruction per semester. GAs are expected to work 20 hours per week. In no instance should workload related to the job expectations interfere with the GA’s program of study (e.g., time away from class, missing examinations).

All GAs must be directly supervised by a graduate faculty member within an academic department or by a designated professional staff member within other units. The person responsible for this supervision must be indicated on the job description provided to the GA when the appointment is initiated.

GAs are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of graduate level work per semester. However, in order to meet full-time graduate enrollment for FAFSA, SEVIS, or other purposes, a minimum of nine (9) hours is required. The fee waiver included in the assistantship covers up to nine (9) graduate hours of course- work applicable to the student’s degree program per semester for the fall and spring semesters, and up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework during the summer semester.

Since the assistantship is essentially a scholarship, GAs are expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record. At all times, the GA must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. A student who receives a failing grade (F) in a graduate program will be suspended until obtaining the written approval from the appropriate college/department/program official(s) & the Vice Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Assistant Forms

Approval & Reappointment 

  • Used when a new Graduate Assistants is hired 
  • Used when a Graduate Assistant is going to continue to work the next academic year 

Approval to Work Additional On-Campus

  • Used if a Graduate Assistant will be working during Winter/ Summer Break 
  • Used to obtain approval from the Graduate Studies Department 

GA Semester Evaluation Form

  • Used to evaluate Graduate Assistants. This form is to be submitted by the Assistantship Supervisor each semester before finals week 

GA Annual Evaluation Form

  • Used to evaluate the Assistantship. This form is to be submitted by the Graduate Assistant each year after working as a GA

GA Checkout Form

  • Used when the Graduate Assistant contract expires. Completion of this form is required to receive full clearance from the University.

Academic Year 2024-2025 Allocations and Openings 

Listed below are the allocations funded by Graduate Studies. Departments may have additional assistantships funded through other sources such as operations budgets or grant funding. 

Academic Departments

Department   No. of Graduate Assistant Allocated   Graduate Assistant
Department contact's
and Email
Allied Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Sciences 0



Monica Kearney 

Joel Ramdial 

Kyle Schneider 

Amy Moore 

Nutrition and Exercise Sci 

Dietetics and Nutrition

Athletic Training

Biology 11  0 Dustin Siegel 
Chemistry and Physics 4  0  Phil Crawford 
COE - Leadership, Middle, and Secondary Education 1  0

Shannon Clapsaddle 

COE - Counselor Education Training Clinic 1  0

Kirsten LaMantia 

COE - Educator Preparation  1  0

Buddy Alberson 

COE - The Edvolution Center 1 0 Jana Gerard 
COE - The University School for Young Children 3  0 Jennie Webb 
Communication Disorders 4  0 Susan Fulton  
Computer Science 12  0 Reshmi Mitra 
Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology 1  0 Christopher Bradley 
Engineering and Technology 6 0 Brad Deken 
Application Form (Information about positions)
English and TESOL 8  0

Eric Sentell  

Application Form Application Information
Environmental Science 2  0 John Kraemer 
Graduate Business Studies 6  0 Gillian Nicholls 
History and Anthropology 3  0 Adam Criblez 
Nursing 2  0 Gina Koch 
Must have BSN with Missouri RN Licensure
Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion 1  0  Jeremy Walling 
Psychology and Counseling 2  0

Melissa Odegard 

Total GA's in Academic Departments funded by Graduate Studies: 74

Non-academic Departments

Department   No. of Graduate Assistant Funded by Grad Studies   Graduate Assistant
Department Contact Application
Admissions-Graduate -- Alisa McFerron  
Admissions-Special Events -- 0 Liz Jeffries 
Admissions-Tours -- 0 Liz Jeffries 
Athletics -- 0

Betsy Wilcox 

Campus Life/Event Services --  0 Michele Irby 
Career Services 3  0 Dan Presson 
Center for Academic Advising --  0 Amanda Eller 
Center for Behavioral Health & Accessibility --  0 Dinia Jenkins 
Application Information
Application Information
Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) 1  0 Mary Talbut 
Center for Writing Excellence 1  0 Jennifer Weiss 
Application Information
Dean of Students - Case Management --  0 Trae Mitten 
Early College Programs 1  0 Karie Stroder 
Educational Access Programs 1  1 Charles Blackmon 
 Application Information
Office of International Education & Services 1  0 Paliza Shrestha 
Application Information
Jane Stephens Honors Program 1  0 Scott Brandhorst 
Kent Library/Special Collections 1  0 Tyson Koeing 
Learning Assistance Programs 3  0 Jennifer Weiss 
Marketing & Communications --  0 Tonya Wells 
McNair Scholarship Programs 1 0 Anoja Kuruppu 
Military and Veteran Services --  0 Amanda Woods 
New Student Programs --  0 Katie Krodinger 
Office of Greek Life 0 0 Bruce Skinner 
Office of Student Conduct --  1 Randy Carter 
Office of the President 2  0 Chris Martin 
Office of the Provost 0 Doug Koch 
Southeast Online 2 0 Dan Morris 
Office of Residence Life 0 0 Allie Wisker
Student Government Association 0 1 Michele Irby 


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