Graduate College Training Topics

What topics are Reviewed by the Graduate College in Graduate Assistant (GA) Training?

Reviewing Graduate College resources that will be helpful to GAs

  •     An overview of the Graduate College, services, and communication channels
  •     Graduate education at WMU

Providing an introduction to their role as a GA at WMU

  • The three types of GAs and their related duties: Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Discovery (RD), Research Application/Service (RA)
  • Dual role as both a student and an employee
  • Overview of the additional required supplemental training including: Graduate Student Online Orientation, GA Training booklets, Sexual Assault Prevention-Graduate Online Module. Please note additional training is offered for TAs by the Office of Faculty Development and for RDs by the Office of Research and Innovation.
  • GA pay information, forms and deadlines

Helping to familiarize GAs with the policies and procedures they may encounter and sharing some of our best practices

  • WMU values of diversity and inclusion, notice of non-discrimination
  • Campus safety and security, WMU alert system, emergency management and procedures
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Securing information and data with the IT data security recommendations
  • Sexual and gender-based misconduct policy - GAs are expected to complete the Sexual Assault Prevention-Graduate online module in Elearning

Introducing GAs to additional training resources and campus services

  • Plan It 4-Ward, Individual Development Plan
  • Brief overview of services across that campus that are there to support GAs not only in their role but also as they work with others on campus
  • Graduate Student Association and the more than 50 grad student-oriented Registered Student Organizations

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