Graduate Assistantships

The History Department offers approximately 10-12 graduate assistantships. If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship position, please check the box in your application and fill out the corresponding requirements. Assistantships outside of the History Department can be found here: Prospective Students.

Additionally, we are able to offer a few out of state tuition waivers to exceptionally qualified students. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce E. Stewart at or via phone at 828-262-6022.

GA Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching Assistant

The graduate assistant in this position will serve as an assistant to professors teaching freshman and sophomore-level history courses with high enrollments. Primary duties will include grading, assisting in the preparation of tests and quizzes, paperwork involved in the course, and (at the instructor's discretion) may include some lecturing or small-group discussion leadership. The student will also hold regular office hours in order to meet with students outside of the classroom, help staff the department's History Lab as needed, and attend bi-monthly graduate student seminars sponsored by the department.

Research Assistant

The graduate assistant in this position serves as an assistant to professors with specific research needs. Tasks may vary depending upon the project and the professor, but students can expect to work twenty hours per week. This research will be completed independently for the most part, with direction from the professor as necessary.