Graduate Assistant Training and Professional
Graduate assistantships provide professional training and learning opportunities for graduate students. For some graduate assistants the GA will be the first of many professional experiences, for others, it is a step in a new direction. A graduate assistantship is intended to provide graduate students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a professional setting, to have professional learning experiences and to develop confidence and competence in a supportive educational environment.
To help graduate students succeed in the role of graduate assistant, the School of Graduate Studies offers a number of training opportunities.
Graduate Assistant Orientation
As a result of GA Orientation, graduate assistants will:
- Be able to locate and articulate policies affecting graduate assistantship employment;
- Articulate the roles and responsibilities of graduate assistants on campus;
- Define and provide examples of professional behavior; and
- Understand the role of the GA on campus and articulate the resources available.
GA Orientation Presentations
If you were unable to attend Graduate Assistant Orientation, please read the GA Handbook carefully and review the 2014 Orientation Presentation (.pdf). New graduate assistants not attending GA Orientation will be directed to an online quiz in September.
Preventing Harassment and Discrimination
Completion of training in the the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence is required annually for all graduate assistants. Graduate Assistants will be notified early in the semester to complete the following workshop on discrimination in the workplace.
As part of institutional strategy, SCSU provides anti-racism and anti-discrimination training to faculty, staff and students. Graduate Assistants are required to complete Part A and Part B annually. First Completion Deadline for Fall 2014 is October 17, 2014 -- Deadline Extended to Noon, October 24.
Recommended Training and Professional Development
Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism Organizing
The Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative offers free workshops each semester to employees, students, and community members. All graduate assistants are encourage to complete a CARE workshop. More information is online at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/care/workshops.asp
Data Privacy/Security Awareness Workshop
Graduate assistants working with student information are expected to complete the Public Jobs, Private Data training workshop available in D2L prior to or during the first two weeks of the GA appointment or as directed by the GA Supervisor.
Graduate Assistant Resources