GE Appointment FAQs

What is a GE and what are a GE’s duties?

GE is the acronym for Graduate Employee (formerly GTF, or Graduate Teaching Fellow). At the University of Oregon, there are GEs with teaching-related duties (like a “teaching assistant (TA)” at many other universities), GEs who do research (similar to a “research assistant (RA)” at other universities), and GEs who perform administrative duties (e.g., coordinating an undergraduate internship program or providing counseling services). During the fall, winter, and spring quarters, A GE will work 8-20 hours/week, depending on their contracted appointment. During the summer term, GEs may work up to 40 hours per week with Graduate School permission (requests come from the hiring unit, not from the GE).

How do I find out about opportunities to become a GE?

All of our graduate programs employ a number of GEs in teaching-related positions; some also employ research and administrative GEs. To find out about these appointments, contact the Graduate Program Director for your academic department. You might also contact other departments that teach subjects related to your field of study or your previous education or teaching experience. Administrative units on campus (as well as academic departments with open pools to fill) for which positions may be filled by a graduate student from any program post their GE positions on the Graduate School website. See “GE Openings” on our homepage.

What are the minimum requirements to be a GE?

In order to be eligible for a GE appointment, students must be in good standing (e.g., must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (or higher, if their academic program has a higher standard), no more than two incompletes (not counting thesis/dissertation/research credits), and must be in good standing in terms of progress toward the degree as determined by their academic department. During each term in which they hold a GE appointment, students must be registered for at least 9 credits and they must successfully complete 9 credits to continue to be eligible as a GE in future terms. Read more about general GE responsibilities here. Each department sets its own additional requirements and details its guidelines and criteria for appointment and reappointment in a departmental "General Duties and Responsibilities Statement" filed with the Graduate School and housed on this site.

How are GEs compensated?

GEs receive a monthly salary, tuition remission, health insurance access and premium coverage, and a fee subsidy. Read about salary and benefits here.

Can you explain more about the GE levels?

GEs are appointed at three different levels:

  • GE I: Regularly enrolled graduate students admitted to a graduate degree program or doctoral students who are not eligible for a GE II or GE III appointment.
  • GE II: Regularly enrolled graduate students who have: a) a master's degree in the same or cognate field; b) successfully completed a qualifying examination; or c) completed 45 credit hours toward a doctoral degree and have the written recommendation of the head of their major department.
  • GE III: Regularly enrolled doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy.

As a student becomes eligible for the next level, they should notify their supervisor or hiring unit. The GE level and pay increase can take effect the term after the student surpasses the required benchmark.

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