UNF has made some graduate funding available directly through the various graduate programs for eligible students in those programs. Such MSCJ program opportunities usually take one of the following forms:
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) works in consultation with the course faculty member and MSCJ Director to gain teaching skills and an increased understanding of the discipline. GTAs work under the direct supervision of graduate faculty and will be assigned to duties related to instruction for about 16 hours of work per week in the CCJ department. These include teaching-related activities such as assisting in the preparation of lectures and exams, grading papers and exams, leading Breakout Group discussion sections, designing assignments, maintaining student contact and keeping class records and attendance. The position provides a partial in-state tuition waiver and a stipend. GTAs are required to take 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the MSCJ program during the academic year for which they are hired and to be full-time students. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA in the MSCJ program at UNF in order to qualify. Candidates should demonstrate potential for teaching and research and the ability to mentor undergraduate students in the undergraduate program. The GTA position(s) are advertised widely along with an application deadline.
Usually, applicants are required to submit a letter expressing interest and describing qualifications for the position, a curriculum vita/resume, at least two letters of reference, and an unofficial copy of their transcript with their highest degree.
Once hired, the GTA must meet ongoing expectations during the academic year in order to maintain the GTA position and its accompanying financial award. The conditions are as follows:
The Graduate Assistant (GRA) duties involve assisting in/working on research projects with faculty members. The GRA will work in consultation with the MSCJ Director and under the direct supervision of graduate faculty and will be assigned to duties for about 10-15 hours per week in the department. The GRA will receive a stipend for the semester. Application requirements are similar to those for the GTA and the position is advertised widely.
Graduate Scholarship Awards are typically a dollar amount close to the cost of one three-credit hour graduate course, though graduate students may use the money for any purpose related to their graduate studies. Application requirements include a letter indicating an interest in receiving scholarship funding, to what use the student would put such funds if they were received, and personal and professional ambitions in the field, along with a copy of the student’s unofficial transcript showing courses completed to date and current graduate GPA. The call for Graduate Scholarship applications is advertised widely.
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