For fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016, the Department of Art History has awarded about nineteen graduate assistantships to continuing and incoming graduate students. About half of the assistantships are quarter-time assistantships, which require approximately ten hours of work a week. A quarter-time assistantship provides a stipend of at least $9,382.50 and a tuition grant-in-aid (full payment of tuition) for the two semesters. The other half of the assistantships are half-time assistantships, which require approximately twenty hours of work a week. A half-time assistantship provides a stipend of at least $18,765 and a full tuition grant-in-aid for the two semesters. For information about Penn State's Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Plan (medical, dental, and vision) please visit: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/services/insurance/graduate.shtml
Graduate assistants typically grade exams and papers in large survey classes, lead discussion sections in an introductory course, work in the Visual Resources Centre, work in the Palmer Museum of Art, or serve as a research assistant for a faculty member. Occasionally, selected Ph.D. candidates are given the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses.
In addition to the department’s assistantships, the Palmer Museum of Art has two half-time graduate assistantships that are typically filled by graduate students recommended by the Department of Art History. Penn State's University Libraries, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the office of the Associate Dean for Research in Arts and Architecture sometimes have half-time graduate assistantships that are filled by graduate students in art history.
During the summer, a Ph.D. candidates is usually hired to be an instructor in an undergraduate course. The department also has approximately four graduate assistant opportunities during the summer.
Generally, for M.A. candidates who receive graduate assistantships, the department attempts to provide assistantship support during their two years of study. Normally, for Ph.D. candidates who receive graduate assistantships, the department attempts to provide assistantship support during their first four years of doctoral study. If circumstances warrant, a fifth year of support may be considered for a doctoral candidate. One must reapply annually for an assistantship. Continuation of assistantship support is based upon satisfactory progress toward the respective degree and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties. A deferred grade converting to an “F” is not acceptable progress.
All applicants who have been accepted into the program will be considered for any available graduate assistantships.