The objective of the Department of Finance and Insurance graduate assistantship is to provide an academically and professionally valuable experience for the graduate student. Through varied tutoring assignments and research, directed by faculty members, the graduate assistant will broaden his/her understanding and perspective of finance, insurance, business law, and other business areas.

Primary Function
The primary function of the graduate assistant is to aid the Department of Finance and Insurance instructors in a broad range of academic assignments. Course preparation and research endeavors are among the key activities of which a graduate assistant has considerable responsibility. Graduate assistants are expected to perform their duties in a professional and timely manner.

A candidate for graduate assistant must be admitted to a graduate program of the university and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale, or have earned 9 graduate hours and have a 3.0 GPA and meet all other university requirements. A score of 400 or more on the GMAT graduate exam and a score of 3.0 points on the analytical writing examination are additional requirements. Although MBA students are given primary consideration for an assistantship, students in other graduate programs are invited to apply. The chairperson of the Department of Finance and Insurance will seek input from faculty members to ensure each faculty has adequate instructional and research support.

Each graduate assistant hired by the department is responsible to one or more specified faculty members. Each faculty member working in conjunction with a graduate assistant uses allotted time of the assistant according to a pre-determined schedule or framework of hours on a weekly basis. Each graduate assistant is employed for a total of 20 hours each week, including the week of finals.

Typical duties of the assistant include the following:
  • Grading examinations, homework, and reports/assignments for the faculty member
  • Conducting library research for the faculty member
  • Assisting faculty member in class preparation
  • Tutoring poorly prepared students for faculty member
  • Conducting student help sessions for faculty member
  • Assisting faculty with computer-related activities
  • Be available for and administer a professor's evaluation by students with a minimum of follow-up on the part of departmental personnel
  • Other reasonable university-related requests
The graduate assistant is responsible to the chairperson of the Department of Finance and Insurance. Direct supervision is administered by the faculty member(s) to whom the assistant reports. Each faculty member is responsible for determining if the assistant is generally fulfilling work/time responsibilities in accordance with the predetermined schedule. The assistant must monitor the allocation of their time so they fulfill their responsibilities.

The graduate assistant is employed on an academic year basis and his/her performance is evaluated at the end of each semester. A low performance evaluation at the end of the semester or any other time during the semester may result in the termination of the assistantship.

Compensation is in accordance with the Miller College of Business and Ball State University policy. Tuition is waived, but university service fees must be paid. Pay periods are once a month.