Graduate Assistant Scope of Work Congratulations on your assistantship! This semester you will be assigned to work with Dr. XXXXXX. The graduate assistantship is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for you to learn about doctoral work beyond coursework requirements. Practical experiences include teaching, research, manuscript development, grant writing, and other academic service opportunities. Given these opportunities alongside the dual role of student and employee, an assistantship can be a significant and challenging growth experience. As a student, you are expected to make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements. As an employee, you are expected to perform the assigned duties and uphold the University’s mission of breadth, depth, and perspective. We hope you will take this opportunity seriously, work closely with your assigned faculty member, and use the experience for professional and personal development. Here are the basic requirements of assistantships: Create a clear written agreement with your professor. This agreement should articulate (1) when you will work, (2) how you are to proceed with the work, (3) how you document your work hours, (3) when you report to the professor or present your work, and (4) how and how often you and the professor will communicate. Begin now to establish the professional habit of putting important information in writing. You are assigned to work 20 hours per week. These hours may flex, depending on your agreement with the professor with whom you are assigned to work. Some projects are ongoing and should be used to fill any downtime you have; other projects will be more immediate or time-sensitive. If you are unable to work 20 hours in a week or to complete a task, tell the professor right away and arrange to make up the hours or complete the task. If your professor changes your assignment or your hours, if you are unable to fulfill your hourly commitment or have an emergency, or if your agreement with your professor changes, be sure that both of you have written documentation (email is fine) to that effect. Keep a work diary or formal timesheet, according to what your agreement with the professor. Record the number of hours you work each day, note the project you are working on, and jot down something about the progress you are making (for example, organized articles related to community schools). Add comments or questions as you think appropriate. Remember: communicate with your assigned faculty member through weekly meetings, phone conferences, or email exchanges. This section to be completed by the assigned faculty member and the graduate assistant at the first meeting of the semester: Provide a brief description of the types of projects that will be assigned this semester*: We agree that the projects have been discussed and the expectations of the graduate assistant are clear. Signed, ____________________________ Graduate Assistant ____________________________ Faculty Member ____________________________ Date * Please note that assigned projects and tasks may change over the course of the semester. As projects and tasks change, the graduate assistant and faculty member should update the scope of work accordingly.