The CMST faculty and administration understand that your first priority must be your academic work. Graduate assistantships are designed to help you in your pursuit of an advanced degree. Should you find that your teaching responsibilities interfere with your academic studies, you should consult your main advisor or course supervisor. Either one will try to help you organize your time and work so that your duties as an assistant will not interfere with your graduate study. Your second priority is to the students enrolled in the classes you have been assigned and are paid to teach. Your responsibility to the students should take priority over extra-curricular events, activities, and interests. Lastly, you have a responsibility to fulfill teaching-related duties, such as attending staff meetings, maintaining office hours, and providing the department with certain materials and information related to teaching.
Assistantships are awarded on the basis of the admission requirements outlined on page 4 of this guide. The more superior the student’s prior academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and experience, the more likely she or he will receive an assistantship. All students who have been accepted into the doctoral program, including those who have been awarded MA degrees by the CMST department, will compete on an equal basis for available assistantships. Teaching slots will not be reserved in advance for MA students who elect to go on for the doctorate within the department. Louisiana State University assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status in the admission to, participation in, treatment in, or enrollment in the program and activities which the university operates. With respect to disabled persons, all reasonable accommodations will be made to assist the individual to perform the essential functions of the job in question.
All graduate students are evaluated annually by the CMST graduate faculty and assistantships are awarded, renewed, or revoked based on that evaluation. MA students may have their assistantship renewed for 1 additional year, resulting in 2 years of funding. and doctoral students may have their assistantship renewed for 3 additional years, resulting in 4 years of funding.
Graduate teaching assistants are required to carry no less than 9 and no more than
12 hours of graduate credit during the fall and spring semesters. The Dean of the
Graduate School will not approve any drops below 9 hours in the fall and spring for
any reason. If a student teaches during the summer as a graduate teaching assistant,
she or he must take no less than 6 hours of graduate credit.
The university issues pay checks for teaching assistants on or around the 21st of the month from September to May.