What Graduate Assistants Do

What Graduate Assistants Do

Our Graduate Assistantships engage students in ongoing research, allowing them to experience all the steps of the research process.  The bulk of student assistantships are Research Assistantships that allow students to collaboratively work with faculty to produce coauthored papers that appear in peer-reviewed journals.  Our graduate students routinely publish with various members of the faculty.  Most students also gain experience as teaching assistants in undergraduate classes, observing different techniques for teaching large or small sections, introductory or specialized classes.  Students are not assigned to independently teach undergraduate classes during the academic year.

Interested students have the opportunity to teach their own classes during the summer, after they have taken a seminar in Teaching Sociology and guest lectured on several occasions.  During the academic year, we want our students to be able to focus on research—both collaborative and individual.  Because coursework is often complete by the end of the third year, students have two full years to devote to building expertise in their areas of concentration, developing and completing their dissertations, working with faculty, and writing papers.

Whether providing travel funds to annually present papers at professional meetings; research funds to support travel to international fieldwork sites; funds to hire coders, programmers, or interviewers; support to attend workshops, purchase specialized software, or access restricted data—we make sure our students have access to what they need to do their research.