Assistantships

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Department of Leadership Studies

Placements

Available positions for 2014-2015 are:

The following campus offices also offer doctoral graduate assistantship placements, which are currently filled.

Eligibility

Applicants should be currently enrolled or newly admitted SOLES doctoral students in good standing, carrying a full course load (6 units per semester).

Compensation

Nine-month assistantship (equals approximately 760 hours per year):

  • Salary - approximately $14,615
  • Tuition Scholarship* - up to 12 units (to be used during the term of the contract)
  • Benefits-Based employment, option to participate in USD employee group health insurance plan

Twelve-month assistantship (equals approximately 1,040 hours per year):

  • Salary - approximately $20,000
  • Tuition Scholarship* - varies (12-18 units)
  • Benefits-Based employment, option to participate in USD employee group health insurance plan

*Please note that the scholarship funds are taxable, and that the funds do not provide for the cost of books nor fees. Some positions may offer more or less tuition scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

What hours do Graduate Assistants work?

Graduate assistants work approximately 20 hours per week. Actual hours will vary by position, but are typically between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with occasional nights and weekends.

What are Graduate Assistants' responsibilities?

Responsibilities will vary by position. Some may include research, teaching and/or administrative work. Job descriptions for available positions are posted in the winter.

How can I apply to be a Graduate Assistant?

This first step is to apply to the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Applicants and current Ph.D. students are contacted in January with information on available positions and application processes. The hiring process for the next academic year takes place in early March after admissions decisions are released.

May I apply to more than one Graduate Assistantship?

Yes, but you may only hold one graduate assistantship at a time. If you receive multiple offers you will need to choose one position.

May I take other positions at USD during my Graduate Assistantship?

SOLES expects that full-time graduate assistants will devote a maximum of 20 hours per week to their assistantship duties during the academic year. Employment beyond this level can be detrimental to the student’s progress towards the degree. It is understood, however, that certain occasions may arise in which case it would be beneficial for the student to accept additional responsibilities. If these occasions arise, the extra hours required to fulfill the obligation must be approved by the Dean’s office. The individual’s advisor must assure (by signing this form) that the additional undertaking will not affect the individual’s satisfactory progress towards her or his degree. 

May I renew my assistantship contract?

Yes, contracts are renewable for up to 3 years, depending on the position.