TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Graduate Teaching Assistant

Graduate Assistantship

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Overview:

The mission of TRIO Student Support Services is to graduate our diverse group of low-income, first-generation college students from Appalachian State University. This position is an absolutely integral component of achieving that mission. In our case, "first-generation" refers to the fact that our students are the first in their families to attend college. Visit our website at to learn more.

Position Overview:

This position assists the First-Year Seminar/Rhetoric and Composition instructor in all aspects of running our program. On a given day, the graduate assistant might hold writing conferences with students, plan a field trip, lead an evening enrichment lesson, contact students regarding missing work, etc. While the rewards are enormous, this is a fast-paced environment with little downtime.

The position can be a 10 or 20 hour per week graduate assistantship based on the availability of the candidate applying. The position's main focus is assisting with instruction for the TRIO SSS UCO 1200 sections which means that the applicant must be free to attend class with the instructor (9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. T/R each semester). The applicant must also be willing to attend out of class events with students whenever possible (these generally include film night, field trip to Grandfather Mountain, and on-campus cultural events).

Position pays ~$16.67/hr which breaks down to $2,500 per semester for a 10 hour position or $5,000 per semester for a 20 hour position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in a variety of writing situations
  • Comfort and eagerness to gently guide young writers
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • The candidate must be organized, mature, flexible, hard-working.
  • Dedicated to serving this particular group of students

How to Apply:

Please fill out the application found here and email a cover letter, CV, and a recent sample of your writing to:

Cathia Silver, TRIO SSS Director
Mady Fitzgerald, Advisor & Instructor
Allyson Murphy, TRIO SSS Assistant Director


Contact Name: 
Mady Fitzgerald
Expiration Date: 
Friday, June 30, 2023