Graduate Assistantship Positions

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, announces the availability of graduate assistantships. Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree (M.S., M.A., Ed.D. in Science) with their major field in Natural Resources & Environmental Management are invited to apply.

Examples of duties expected of graduate assistants include:

1) assisting faculty in their courses involving field trips or laboratory and discussion sections in an introductory course (Environment and Society);

2) assisting faculty with laboratory preparations in support of soil, water, and air quality courses;

3) working on specific research projects supported by external funding; and

4) assisting with other departmental functions (e.g. proctoring the computer lab or examinations, outreach/promotion of department programs, etc.).

Assistantships require approximately 20 hours of work in the department per week. Presently, graduate assistants receive a stipend for each academic year (maximum two years possible for M.A./M.S. students and three years for Ed.D students) and receive a tuition remission; student fees in addition to tuition are not covered by the stipend.

For application materials, please contact: 

      Amy Gregg 
      Graduate Program Director

      WQ118   (765)285.5781
      Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
      Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306

Application materials are also posted on our website (see Graduate Program).

Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled. Review usually begins in early March for assistantships that start in fall semester of that same year. Only completed application files will be considered, which include GRE scores, letters of recommendation, college transcripts, TOEFL scores (if admitted as an International student), and the departmental application form; the applicant must be in good standing with the University and not on academic probation by the Graduate School.

Position Description:

Graduate Assistant

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

  • Objective/General Description. The primary purpose of a Graduate Assistantship in Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management is to provide qualified graduate students with funding to support their academic progress toward a Master's or Doctoral degree, while at the same time engaging them in professional activities that support the mission and needs of the department. These activities include, but are not limited to, assisting professors with instruction of courses or in their research, promotion of the department to others, and other duties as assigned.
  • Duties. The typical duties of a Graduate Assistant may include some mix of the following: preparation for laboratory activities in support of a professor's teaching; instruction of laboratory sections (including in-class, in-lab, or field activities); supervision of the NREM computer facility; maintenance of the department's webpage; developing educational activities for K-5 schoolchildren, and conducting them at one of the Ball State University Field Station sites; occasional clerical/receptionist support in the main office; development of public relations materials; maintenance of department bulletin boards; providing technology and recruiting support; and other duties that occasionally arise.

  • Workload Requirements. A full-time Graduate Assistant is expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week fulfilling the duties assigned; a half-time Graduate Assistant is expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week fulfilling the duties assigned. It can be expected that these hours vary depending on time of semester, and some load averaging may be necessary and expected to achieve fair workloads and fulfillment of duties.

Application and Selection Process. Each year, assistants are selected for the following academic year by March. Complete applications must be received by the end of February to ensure consideration for the following academic year (or for Fall semester). Students may apply for a Graduate Assistantship at any time to be considered for a position, as it opens. To be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship, the complete application for admission must include: acceptance by the Graduate School (and by Center for International Programs in cases of International Students); original copies of all college transcripts; at least 2 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic capabilities; and GRE scores. It is strongly recommended that letters of recommendation be on file from individuals who can address the applicant's communication skills and abilities to take instructions but work independently.

Supervision. The Chairperson of the department is the principal individual charged with supervising the Graduate Assistant, but other faculty may be responsible for supervising the work by students who are assigned to assist them.

Evaluation/Renewal/Termination. Each year, a returning Graduate Assistant seeking renewal of his/her assistantship is reviewed by the faculty in a regularly scheduled meeting during Spring Semester. Course evaluations from prior laboratory or other course instruction may be used, together with the insights brought by the individual faculty members who were assigned the Graduate Assistantship, and information provided by the Chairperson about the Graduate Assistant's conduct in support of the department and fulfillment of assignments. Continuance of the assistantship into the next or subsequent semesters depends on the maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA [3.2 for doctoral assistants] and favorable reports of the student's work by his/her supervisor. Usually a maximum of two years is allowed for a Graduate Assistant at the Master's level.

Fees/Tuition/Remission. Graduate Assistants receive tuition remission in accord with their appointment (full remission for full time assistants and half remission for half time assistants). Graduate Assistants are responsible for paying the Dedicated Fee, Technology Fee, and Health Center Fee (see Bursar's office for details).

Natural Resources and Environmental Management
West Quad, Room 110
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5780
Fax: 765-285-2606
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