Types of Assistantships

There are several types of assistantships available to graduate students at UTSA. Specific job descriptions are available from the hiring department, but the following information provides a general overview of the responsibilities for each type of assistantship.

Graduate Assistants

  • Graduate Assistants provide academic and program support to departments or offices. Responsibilities vary within each department/office, but are primarily administrative in nature and may entail duties such as computer/technical projects, student advising, academic advising, recruiting, and administrative tasks associated with student services. Note: This position does not qualify the student for resident (in-state) tuition.

Graduate Research Assistants

  • Graduate Research Assistants work under the direction of a faculty member to conduct academically significant research. Research assistantships are awarded by departments and professors who are engaged in research projects. These are exciting opportunities to participate in ongoing research developments at UTSA.

Teaching Assistants I & II

  • Teaching Assistants provide academic program support under the supervision of a faculty member. TAs may assist department faculty with teaching undergraduate courses, including laboratory teaching assignments. TAs will provide professional assistance in grading exams, assignments, and/or lab assignments, and preparing or maintaining equipment used in laboratory sections.
    • TA IIs must have 18 hours of graduate-level coursework completed in their teaching disciplines to qualify for this type of position.
    • TA training takes place each Fall semester for new and current teaching assistants.
    • Teaching assistants are subject to the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, the Handbook of Operating Procedures, and the college in which they are employed.