Student Advising and Selected Information
lynch school of education faculty handbook
G. Graduate Research, Teaching and Administrative Assistantships
Guidelines for Graduate Student Support from LSOE Funds
Research assistantships provide students with research experience. These experiences should greatly enhance students’ research skills and may enhance students’ curricular vitae through co-authored articles and grant writing with faculty. Past research publications, external grants and similar scholarly activities of the faculty member, as indicated in the annual report, and listing of students’ accomplishments in the Graduate Student Association publication are predictors of the quality of this experience for graduate students. LSOE-funded research assistants work from September 1 to May 31, between 10 and 20 hours per week.
Teaching assistantships ought to be accompanied by mentoring from faculty. These awards are not merely a supplement to the faculty. Rather, these experiences should enhance students’ curriculum vitae and, through mentoring from faculty, improve the teaching ability of the graduate student. The responsibilities of the faculty member for program development, the types of training available to students who are teaching assistants (as indicated in handbooks, teaching excellence awards, etc.) are some of the factors of the quality of this experience for graduate students. Class size, particularly if there are writing assignments, are also indicators that graduate teaching assistantships may be needed.
Teaching fellows are usually advanced doctoral students. They serve as instructors in classes and work under the supervision of the Department Chair. The Department Chair assigns a faculty mentor for each teaching fellow. Although the teaching fellow generally requires less supervision and monitoring than the teaching assistant, the amount of supervision needed will vary depending upon prior teaching experience. They generally teach two sections each semester.
Administrative assistantships are assigned to expedite transactions between students, faculty and the administration in the LSOE, and support the work of Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and Deans. Administrative assistants generally work twenty hours a week from September 1 to May 31. Additionally, a small number of administrative assistants are hired by the office of Graduate Student Services to assist in student advising during the summer months.
A Special Note
Graduate students commonly are awarded tuition remission credits as part of their assistantships. Faculty should note that these credits are considered scholarships and are not compensation for any work students may accomplish. Faculty should also note that all assistantships, including their tuition remission credits, terminate at the end of each Boston College fiscal year (on May 31st). Tuition remission credits may not be carried over by students from one fiscal year to another.
Faculty with graduate assistants who are externally funded should inform the Associate Dean of Faculty and Academics about the size and duration of those assistantships so that the LSOE can maintain accurate records about the magnitude of our support for graduate students.
The students awarded the 11-month assistantship are given vacation and Christmas leave as designated in the staff calendar. In addition, they are given four weeks vacation leave.
In all cases the philosophy governing these assistantships is that the assistantships are a resource to enhance our ability to recruit the best students. They are not considered a resource for the faculty.
Students may work with any faculty member in the Lynch School of Education conducting research. Typically, students will be assigned to faculty who have a record of publishing research with students and are themselves highly productive researchers, in a field related to the students’ interests.
Students may teach in any program within the Lynch School of Education for which they have the appropriate background.
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