Types of Assistantships

  • What types of assistantships are there?

You can be classified in several ways depending on your duties. Positions are kept separate in order to report to the UNC System how assistantship funds are spent. Note that each type of assistantship has its own Appointment Form and different timesheet requirements.  NOTE:  Appointment Forms are to be initiated by University personnel NOT by the Student. 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTFA/GTA). These positions interact with students as part of their jobs. You might grade, tutor, assist in a classroom or teach a course.  
    • A Graduate Teaching Faculty Associate serves as Instructor of Record and may be granted  faculty access to course files.To be a GTFA that teaches a course, you need to have completed 18 hours of graduate coursework in the discipline.
    • A Graduate Teaching Assistant serves as classroom support to faculty and do not require faculty access to course files.

These types of positions do not require a web time entry electronic timesheet submission for payroll every two weeks but will instead receive "equal installment payments" based on work time period and amount.  A hard copy timesheet must be kept on file by the supervisor in the departent for auditing purposes.

 

  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA/GORA). A GRA works with a faculty or staff member on academic or administrative research projects. In some cases, a GRA might work with more than one faculty member on more than one project. A GORA position is research based but funded via a GRANT and must be routed through Special Funds Accounting for approval.

These types of research positions MUST submit a web time entry electronic timesheet to her/his supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so will result in a paycheck delays  A hard copy timesheet must be kept by the supervisor in the department  for auditing purposes.

 

  • Graduate Research Assistant Mentee (GRAM).  A GRAM works closely with a faculty member on the faculty's research project. These awards are highly competitive and are designed to support a graduate student for two years (four semesters).  See GRAM page for more information.  NOTE:  Award is for two years, but  a GRAM Appointment form must be submitted for each term.

These types of research positions MUST submit a web time entry electronic timesheet to her/his supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so mwill result in pa aycheck delay.   A hard copy timesheet must be kept on file by the supervisor for auditing purposes.

 

  • Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA). A GAA performs a variety of tasks, depending on their previous work experience and their specific assignment(s), usually in an administrative capacity. 

These types of administrative positions MUST submit a web time entry electronic timesheet to supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so will result in a paycheck delay.  A hard copy timesheet must be kept on file by the supervisor for auditing purposes.