Graduate Assistantship

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The Distance Learning Center offers graduate assistantships to master’s degree students who are interested in gaining academic experience that directly compliments the student’s degree program curriculum. All assistantships offered through the Distance Learning Center encompass a wide variety of responsibilities and duties while allowing students to also achieve their academic goals. Assistantships will offer opportunities to establish working relationships with various campus and community organizations and constituents, and to conduct research. Graduate assistants will not be authorized to teach any classes.

Positions Available for Fall 2015

The following graduate assistantships are available for the fall 2015 academic term:

Criteria for Application

  • Applicant must be admitted to an online degree program. Preference will be given to those applicants who have been admitted in full standing to their programs; however, applicants on a conditional admission status will also be considered. Applicants who are considered special students will not be eligible to apply for these positions.
  • Applicant must be in good standing to apply for the graduate assistant position, and shall not be on probation at the time of application
  • Applicant must complete the electronic application with the following attachments:
    • a resume, including updated employment history, and academic background (colleges/universities attended), including the cumulative GPA from the undergraduate program
    • a letter of interest emphasizing relevant experience, interest in the specific graduate assistant position, and the applicants’ qualifications for the position 
  • Applicant is subject to a criminal background investigation prior to an offer of employment
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during each semester of their appointment
  • Applicant must continue to make good academic progress during the initial appointment period to be eligible for reappointment

GPA Requirements

A 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required to be admitted as full standing. After being admitted, a graduate assistant must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be in good standing and maintain their graduate assistant position.

Length of Appointment

The length of appointment to a graduate assistant position will be determined by each program. Graduate assistants can be appointed for a specific academic term (fall, spring, or summer), a regular academic year (fall-spring), or for a 12-month period. Graduate assistants may be reappointed one or more times at the discretion of the program in which they serve.

Location of Assignment

Graduate assistants could be hired to serve either in an on-campus location, or to serve at a location that is off-campus. The location of the appointment will be identified in the job description that is advertised. If a graduate assistant will be employed off- campus, the following parameters will be followed:

  • A specific weekly work schedule will be identified, similar to the schedule that will be developed for graduate assistants serving an on-campus assignment. If the type of work the graduate assistant is doing (i.e. visiting companies, etc.) is subject to schedules of other parties, then the graduate assistant will work with the supervisor to schedule this change, as needed.
  • Graduate assistants must provide a list of activities conducted each week as agreed upon with their supervisor
  • No special equipment and/or software will be purchased for off-campus graduate assistants. A list of equipment that this person needs access to at their location will be made available as part of the initial job description.
  • Driving expenses to local locations will be the responsibility of the graduate assistant. If long-distance travel is required, arrangements for payment must be approved by the supervisor of the graduate assistant before travel is completed. University travel regulations must be followed.
  • Graduate assistants can only be off-campus if they can electronically access the information that they need to complete their jobs.

Selection Process, Interview Process, Timeframe

Selection Process

  • The search committee, consisting of a representative from the Distance Learning Center, the Program Coordinator from the program employing the graduate assistant, the supervisor, and one additional representative from the program, will select the candidate.
  • Criteria for specific positions/job descriptions will be determined by the program in which the graduate assistant will be assigned, and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • The Director of Graduate Studies shall make the formal position offer to the candidate based on the recommendation from the search committee.
  • Offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a criminal history background investigation.

Interview Process

  • The first interview will be conducted via telephone. The second interview will be conducted via video conference. An on-campus interview may be conducted if the applicant is close to campus and travel expenses for the interview would be minimal.


  • For Fall 2015 assistantships, the deadline is May 15, 2015.
  • For Spring 2016 assistantships, the deadline is October 2, 2015.
  • Selection should be made no later than one month following the due date or earlier if possible.


Dan Avenarius
Director, Distance Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
2100 Ullsvik, 1 University Plaza
Platteville, Wisconsin  53818-3099

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