The position of graduate assistant permits the student to broaden his/her perspective of the marketing and management fields and its related activities. Through varied assignments directed by faculty members, the assistant gains greater insight into the problems as well as the challenges in the complex marketing system.

Primary Function
The primary function of the graduate assistant is to aid marketing and management instructors in a broad range of academic assignments. Course preparation and research endeavors are among the key activities for which a graduate assistant has considerable responsibility.

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 point 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.

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 final examinations. 

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
  • Serving as substitute instructor
  • 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 share of professor evaluation by students with a minimum of follow-up on the part of departmental personnel.
  • Other reasonable university-related requests.
In order to perform the above duties, a graduate assistant may also be asked to observe the classes conducted by the faculty member he/she is assisting.

The graduate assistant is responsible to the chairperson of the Department of Marketing and Management. 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. A graduate assistant's contract may be renewed for a maximum of two years.

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

Approved February 11, 2003