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Become a GIA

Once you apply to the program, you can also apply to become a Graduate Instructional Assistant.  These hires come from our pool of graduate students in the Political Science, Public Administration and Legal Studies master's programs.  While not a full-time position, the assistantship provides 20 hours of work per week and offers a substantial amount of experience behind-the-scenes in academia.   

Spring 2022 applications now being accepted! 

Below are two documents you need: an informational document and the application form. Departmental review will begin on October 15, 2021 and continue until all positions are filled.

A complete application packet will consist of:  (1) Application for Graduate Assistant position, (2) a resume, (3) an undergraduate transcript (can be printed off CATSWEB if applicant graduated from Texas State; a copy of official transcript for all undergraduate coursework if applicant graduated from another university.), (4) three references (see application packet), and where relevant a writing sample. A selection committee appointed by the Chair of the Department of Political Science will review and rank applications and make hiring recommendations to the Chair.  It is a competitive hiring process and references will be contacted; personal interviews with finalists for the positions may be requested.  

Applicants must complete and submit their application packet by mail, fax, or email. If you wish to email your packet, it must be sent to Dr. Thomas Varacalli. Otherwise, our fax number is 512-245-7815 and regular mail must be addressed to:

Department of  Political Science

601 University Drive, UAC 355 

San Marcos, TX 78666