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Graduate Assistantships

The School of Architecture typically offers graduate assistantships each year. All positions are defined as teaching positions but graduate students are never assigned a primary teaching role in our classes. All courses have a regular faculty member assigned to teach. A graduate student will assist with support work in courses, labs, and resource rooms. In addition, some graduate students assist faculty with research efforts.


Course Assistant Duties

Teaching assistants are used in ARC/ID 231/232 (History), ARC/ID 271/242 (Computer applications/Wood building technology), ARC 361/362/462 (Structures), and ARC /ID 481/482 (Environmental Technology). The duties of GAs in these roles are:

  • To assist the faculty member in delivery of the course.
  • To provide tutoring and assistance to students in the course.
  • To assist with development of materials for a course and placement of those materials in Desire2Learn and other learning environments.
  • To grade work in a course and maintain an accurate record of grades.
  • To maintain confidentiality of records in a course.
  • To participate in the School’s bi-weekly graduate student blog.

Lab Assistant Duties

Teaching assistants are used the lab facilities of the School of Architecture. The duties of GAs in these roles are:

  • To assist students in using technology and software.
  • To maintain a safe and secure work environment for all people using the school’s labs.
  • To maintain accurate records of services used.
  • To assess appropriate charges for services in the labs.
  • To replenish expendable supplies used in providing services in the labs.
  • To participate in the School’s bi-weekly graduate student blog.

Resource Room Assistant Duties

A teaching assistant is assigned to work in the school’s resource room. The duties of the GA in this role are:

  • To assist students in the use of the resources available in the room.
  • To care for the school’s resources and to keep accurate records of them.
  • To assess appropriate charges for use of resources and for failing to return them on time.
  • To oversee and coordinate the schedules of student workers assigned to the resource room.
  • To assist faculty with materials needed for their courses and research.
  • To serve as the editor of the school blog.

Faculty Research Assistant Duties

Some graduate assistants are assigned to work directly with a faculty member on research assignments. The duties of graduate assistants in this role are:

  • To assist a faculty member conducting research.
  • To maintain accurate records of the research conducted.
  • To retrieve and return materials from the university libraries on behalf of the faculty member.
  • To participate in the School’s bi-weekly graduate student blog.

Requirements to be awarded an assistantship in the School of Architecture:

  • Full-time status in the Master of Architecture program on the Carbondale campus.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of and throughout the appointment.
  • Meet eligibility requirements of the Graduate School and the university.

To apply for an assistantship in the School of Architecture:

Provide a current resume indicating skills relevant to the position you seek. This is provided to John K. Dobbins, Head of Graduate Programs in Architecture, 410 Quigley Hall. It may be provided at the time of application to the Master of Architecture program or after acceptance into the Master of Architecture program. Recommendations for graduate assistantships are made by the admissions committee for the Master of Architecture program. Decisions are initially made at the time of acceptance into the program but may also be made at later times when appropriate to the position. It is important to provide a current resume at the time of application to the program in order to be fully considered for all positions.

Other notes:
Online students are not eligible for School of Architecture assistantships because they are not in residence on the Carbondale campus to fulfill the duties of the positions.