Appointment Information for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Please see the information below for more insight on all information with the appointment of GTAs

Mandatory Training

All new GTAs must complete all components of the GTA training program.

Background Check

Background checks are required for all prospective or rehired (break in service for one year or more) GTA or positions. The University of Kansas recognizes the candidate's signature of the GTA Contract as their acknowledgement that they will be contacted electronically by a third party vendor (HireRight) to initiate the process as well as notification that all employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of such a check. Background checks conducted by Federal Homeland Security for international, non-citizens as part of the visa process will be adequate if the candidate has not been in the U.S. for 30 days or longer. Additional information may be found at KU Policies.


Graduate teaching assistants are eligible for benefits, including tuition and health insurance benefits. Further information may be found in the Summary of Benefits Available to Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants.

Information on the GTA/GRA Health Insurance is available on the Human Resources website.

Information on the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is available on the Human Resources website.

Information on insurance for F1 & J1 students is available on the International Student Services website.

GTA appointments are governed by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the University of Kansas, Lawrence, the Kansas Board of Regents, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Kansas.

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