Faculty Expectations

1. The Graduate College considers mentoring and instruction an indispensable element of the assistantship experience.  Consequently, for faculty to qualify to hire and supervise a GA they must hold full or provisional graduate faculty status.  To apply for or renew graduate faculty, please see:  https://graduate.kennesaw.edu/facultyresources/faculty-appointment.php.

2. Faculty requesting to hire and supervise a GA must have submitted evaluations of any previous GAs that they supervised. 

3. To ensure clear communication and to protect all parties involved, the GA supervisor must provide his/her GA with pertinent objective and subjective work standards as indicated on the GA hiring contract. 

4. Faculty should be mindful of the expectation that GA duties should average the number of hours listed on the contract per week.  It is expected that some weeks may entail additional time, but if this is the case other weeks should entail lighter workloads.  If a GA’s duties significantly exceed (or fall short of) the expected time commitment, then assignments should be adjusted by mutual agreement between the GA and faculty member. It is the faculty supervisor’s responsibility to adjust the various demands on GA time to keep total effort within expectations.

5. The primary responsibilities of the supervising faculty member are:

  • to communicate the specific job description to the graduate assistant by reviewing the contract with the student before each party signs
  • to make expectations clear to the student, including how frequently they should meet and how best to set up meetings
  • to make him/herself available to provide advice and guidance to the student
  • to endeavor to make the work of the graduate assistant a worthwhile learning experience that is connected to the student’s discipline
  • to monitor the effectiveness of the assistantship
  • to keep in regular contact and communication with the graduate assistant as the semester moves forward
  • to complete the required end of semester evaluation

6. When there is research collaboration between student and advisor, frank and open discussion of the division of credit and criteria for authorship should occur as early as possible.

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