Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Graduate Assistant Instructor

The Graduate Assistant Instructor designation (GI) signifies that a graduate teaching assistant has met the University's requirement to serve as instructor of record for lower division courses (courses numbered 100-299). The GI designation is usually earned in the second year and an additional stipend is paid for each course. GI teaching must be conducted under direct supervision of a faculty member.

Program Objectives:

  • To prepare graduate students for successful teaching experiences
  • To ensure graduate student teachers are exposed to the fundamentals of good teaching practices and relevant campus resources.
  • To document the graduate student's personal accomplishment
  • To ensure appropriate documentation is maintained for the University accreditation processes.

The following must be completed prior to application:

  • Completion of 18 graduate hours in the major with a GPA of at least 3.0, and
    • Completion of the Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (BPMCT) offered by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD).  Topics focus on strategies for successful teaching at the collegiate level. Contact the CFD by email or at  (270) 745-6508, or
    • Completion of any appropriate departmental teacher training programs or, if none is offered, a full semester course in teaching resulting in at least one earned graduate credit

Application and Approval Process:

  1. The application should be made in the same semester the 18 hrs of graduate credit is completed but following the completion of the Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching program.
  2. Student submits a completed Graduate Assistant Instructor (GI) Application, the Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching Certificate of Completion, curriculum vitae and to the department head
  3. Department head completes the checklist and, if acceptable, endorses the nomination then forwards to the college dean.
  4. The college dean approves the GI application, if acceptable, and forwards the application to the Graduate School.

Important Information:

  • Once recognized with the Graduate Assistant Instructor designation, the honoree will receive an additional stipend, which is based on the clock hours (contact hours) of the course. Each clock hour is worth $100 hours (a maximum of $300 per course and a maximum of $600 for the term)
  • Graduate Assistant Instructors may teach a maximum of two classes per semester, not to exceed a teaching load of 6 credit hours.
  • Graduate Assistant Instructors must also enroll in appropriate graduate classes during the period of designation as a GI. The combined load of teaching responsibilities and graduate course enrollment may not exceed 15 hours per semester.

Deadlines

Term student will be a GI  Deadline for beginning BPMCT
Fall June 1
Spring November 1
 Last Modified 7/3/14