Graduate Assistant Positions

Enhance your education

As a graduate student, you have an opportunity to work as a graduate assistant — teaching, assisting with research or joining the coaching staff of an athletic team.

Graduate assistant positions are available in the following capacities:

You may be assigned primary research responsibilities for a specific project or program.

You may be assigned teaching responsibilities or other instructor tasks as assigned by a faculty supervisor.

You may be assigned coaching responsibilities for various athletic teams.

You may be assigned responsibilities in offices such as Recreational Sports, Research and Sponsored Programs, Academic Support and Achievement (ASAP) or Institutional Research and Analysis.


Graduate assistants typically receive tuition support for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Some graduate assistant positions will also receive an academic year stipend averaging between $5,000 - $6,000 for a maximum of 20 hours per week for the academic year.

If you are an out-of-state graduate student receiving graduate assistant support, you will not be responsible for paying the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for the six credit hours.

If your graduate assistant position does not include a stipend, you will work approximately 10 hours per week while classes are in session.

Application Process

You must be accepted into a degree program or have a pending application to a degree program before you can apply for a graduate assistant position. Only students that have been accepted into a degree program can be offered a graduate assistant position.

Please complete an application and forward it to the Graduate Admissions Office. All positions will remain posted until filled. Once a position has been filled, it will be removed from this site.

You are responsible for making sure required recommendations are submitted with your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. A separate application for each position is required. Back to top

Graduate Assistant Application

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If you are unable to access the information, please phone the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to request a printed version of the forms.

Graduate Assistant Application in PDF format (for filling in and printing)

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  • Graduate Assistants on full or half assistantships can be offered additional work, with pay, without limitations during the summer and winter intercessions through temporary service payroll.
  • Graduate Assistants on half assistantships can be offered additional work, with pay, up to approximately 11 or 12 hours per week while class is in session payable as extra service through temporary service payroll.
  • Graduate Assistants on full assistantships can be offered additional work up to approximately 1 to 2 hours per week payable as extra service through temporary service payroll.
  • Graduate Assistants may assist faculty with classes and may teach laboratory sections. They are not permitted to teach classes by themselves.
  • Graduate Assistants may teach activity classes as long as the assignment remains in compliance with rules one through four.

More detailed information can be found here: Graduate Assistant Policy

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Graduate Assistant Position Announcements for 2018-2019

Additional funding opportunities for graduate students in the Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies departments are listed after the graduate assistant positions.

Academic Affairs

Orientation and Transition


Athletic Administration

Field Hockey

Ice Hockey-Women's




Sports Information

Swimming and Diving

Track and Field



School of Arts and Sciences

English-Professional Writing and Campus Writing Program




School of Education

Childhood/Early Childhood Education

C.U.R.E.-Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators

Foundations and Social Advocacy


School of Professional Studies

Communication Disorders and Sciences

Kinesiology-Athletic Training

Physical Education/Athletics-Cortland's Adapted Swim Team (CAST)

Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies-Outdoor Pursuits Instructor

Sport Management-Internships and Service Learning

Sport Management

Student Affairs

Campus Activities

Recreational Sports-Facilities and Aquatics

Recreational Sports-Fitness/Group Exercise

Recreational Sports-Fitness/Personal Training

Recreational Sports-Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs

Recreational Sports-Outdoor Pursuits/Climbing Wall

Residence Life and Housing-Green Representative Coordinator

Sport Facilities-Sport Facility Management

Additional Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Once accepted in a graduate program, students will be able to obtain information about the following positions from their academic department.

Lab instructors for the Kinesiology Department: Please contact the department for application information at 607-753-4300 or at

Biomechanics (2 positions available)

Exercise Physiology (2 positions available)

Motor Behavior (2 positions available)

Lab instructors for Physical Education: Please contact the department for application information at 607-753-5577 or at

Adapted Physical Education (2 positions available)

Lab instructors for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies: Please contact the department for information at 607-753-4941 or at

Teaching, Fieldwork,and Lab II

Graduate Admissions Office
Miller Building, Room 106

Mailing Address
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: 607-753-4800
Fax: 607-753-5988

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.