Kinesiology & Sport Management Graduate Assistantships
Once the student has been granted admission to the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management Graduate Program, the student is expected to register for coursework. Students can register online at the Raiderlink portal for students. It is a good idea to read the University TTU Graduate Catalog before starting your studies. You also may want to check the home page of the graduate school, which includes their email address. The proposed schedule of courses should be approved by the student's assigned faculty advisor. Normal full-time enrollment in fall and spring is 9 hours; summer term is 3 hours.
Graduate Student Assistantship
Students admitted to the master's degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management often are provided financial support in the form of graduate assistantships, most often as Teaching Assistants (TAs) but, occasionally Research Assistants (RAs) are available. Teaching and research assistants must pursue a course of study in one of the areas of graduate specialization within the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management. Our goal, when possible, is to commit financial support to every full-time student (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester) who wants such support and who has sufficient academic credentials to gain admission to the graduate program. It is expected that graduate assistants work on a half-time basis (20 hrs/week) in addition to maintaining a full-time class schedule. They have the option to work for one or two professors. The total 20 for one professor or 10 hours for each professor.
As a TA or RA, the student must be enrolled in 9 hours in the semester they teach in a long semester. In the summer, a TA or RA must be enrolled in 3 hours in the session they teach. Upon approval of the graduate school, the student may be allowed to carry as few as 1 hour of course work in the semester they teach provided they are graduating that same semester.
Master's degree students receiving teaching assistantships are typically assigned to instruct a variety of activity classes in the Personal Fitness Wellness (PFW) program. Every effort will be made for TAs to teach classes in which they have had previous experience or knowledge. Additionally, TAs may be assigned to instruct some undergraduate laboratory classes. Laboratory classes are taught in conjunction with lecture classes conducted by faculty members. As a lab instructor, the TA will work under the supervision of the faculty member.
Teaching/Research Assistantship Benefits
All students holding graduate TA or RA positions receive several benefits including exemption of out-of-state tuition, some fee waivers, and health care. TAs and RAs, also receive fee waiver benefits for the summer session as long as they are enrolled in a graduate class during the summer session they teach. In addition, graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend and other benefits as nine-month employees of the University. During 2016-2017 year, the stipend for TAs, fully accepted into the program, is $13,000 for nine months which equates to a full academic year. Moreover, the possibility of teaching summer classes exists but depends on the availability of funding. A note for consideration is that Lubbock , TX has been cited as possessing significantly lower cost of living than other Big XII conference cities like Austin , Boulder , and College Station.
Teaching/Research Assistantship Evaluation
The assistantship stipends follow University guidelines and are subject to change each year. Students must maintain a B average or better and perform assigned duties in a satisfactory manner to retain a graduate assistantship. Performance is reviewed each semester.
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Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management
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