Definition of Titles

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Associate Instructor

A graduate student who is employed as a teacher and engages in activity as a teacher, providing the employee has responsibility for assigning grades for at least a portion of a course and has direct contact with students.

Graduate Assistant

A graduate student who, in an academic department or in an administrative office, assists in work associated with the duties of faculty members or administrators, such as library searches, curricular development, or paper grading, and who is not an Associate Instructor, Research Assistant, or Faculty Assistant.

Research Assistant

A graduate student who is engaged in or assists with original, professional-level research.

Faculty Assistant

A graduate student who holds an academic appointment, and performs non-teaching services in an instructional program, where the services are equivalent in importance to those performed by Associate Instructors.