Graduate Assistantships

The RMP Department offers two types of Graduate Assistantships (GA):

Teaching Assistantship: Teaching Assistants are hired to assist faculty in teaching undergraduate courses. Responsibilities may include presentation of selected lectures, group discussion leadership, class organization and management tasks, and identification/organization of class resources. Teaching Assistants are mentored by the faculty and receive constructive evaluative feedback concerning their pedagogy skills. Courses in which Teaching Assistants most frequently assist are: Recreation and Leisure in Society (RMP 490), Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society (RMP 511), Recreation Services Program Design (RMP 557), Recreational Sport Management (RMP 560), Camp Administration and Leadership (RMP 730), Interventions and Documentation in TR (RMP 613), and Clinical Lab in TR (RMP 615).

Research Assistantship: Research Assistants are hired to assist faculty in research projects related to the faculty member’s area of expertise and research agenda. Research Assistants have an opportunity to develop research skills in literature review, data collection, and data analysis.  

A limited number of Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are available for qualified students. A full-time GA position requires 20 hours of work per week throughout the academic year. A half-time GA position requires 10 hours of work per week throughout the academic year. Both types of GA positions include tuition/fee waiver and a graduate stipend. Visit the Graduate School website for tuition/fee details.

A limited number of Graduate Stipend-only positions are also available; speak with the Department Graduate Coordinator for details. Graduate student travel support to present research at professional conferences is available through the Department and Graduate School (a travel proposal is required).

Graduate Assistantship Application Procedures and Deadline

Graduate Assistant and/or Stipend funding decisions are made on an on-going basis, thus applicants seeking funding should submit their materials by February 1st and no later than March 1st. GA funding application materials should be submitted via email to Dr. Patti Craig ( In addition to the online application materials identified above, applicants seeking GA funding are also required to answer these questions:

  • What previous work experience and/or academic preparation do you bring to your master’s studies that will enhance your contribution as a Graduate Assistant?
  • What experience/skills do you bring to a Graduate Assistantship in the areas of research and/or teaching?