The Department of Computer and Information Sciences oversees several hourly wage opportunities
which include but are not limited to the positions of Student Computer Laboratory
Assistants, Student Networking Assistants and Student Tutors. COSC also encourages
students to obtain Internships to go along with their studies in our department and
oversees Graduate Assistantship opportunities for students. Additional information
is available below.
Student Laboratory Assistants
Lab Assistants must be either a degree candidate, or, a non-degree student with at
least a 2.00 GPA.
Students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits during the fall and spring
Students must possess a higher than average degree of technical proficiency (RE: hardware/software
Students must be able to adhere to a strict schedule of working hours.
Must be able to lift and carry packages weighing 40 pounds.
Student Lab Assistants will help maintain the security and maintenance of all COSC
Computer Laboratories and Classrooms. Duties include but are not limited to:
Troubleshooting hardware, software, printer and PC problems,
Assisting student users and faculty in the proper use of COSC hardware, including
PCs and Multimedia Projection Systems,
Laboratory Printer Queue Management,
Resolving Printer Paper Jams
Laser Toner Cartridge Replacement
Helping to clean COSC labs on a regular basis.
Submitting any technical problems to the on-line “COSC Lab Problem Report” site.
Insuring the integrity and security of all labs and classrooms.
Helping to provide access for faculty and student-users to classrooms and labs as
Responding to requests for assistance from COSC faculty and staff as needed.
We encourage students to obtain internships as part of their studies in our department.
Internship courses can be taken as part of the undergraduate Computer Science, Information
Systems, and Information Technology degrees. Please visit the Towson University Career Center website to start your search and additional information on services, career advice, internships,
jobs, career events, and networking.
COSC/CIS/ITEC 397 – Internship Course
Requirements for enrolling:
Have a CS/IS/IT-related job
No more than 20% of the job may be administrative or clerical
Have a GPA in the major of 3.0 or greater
Have completed at least two upper level courses (300/400) in the major
Once the department verifies that you meet the requirements, you will get an email
indicating that you have been authorized to register
For CS & IS majors: COSC/CIS 397 may be taken twice; it can count once as an elective
in the major and then count the second time for general credit toward the total number
of hours required for the degree.
For IT majors: ITEC 397 may be taken twice, both of which may count toward the total
number of hours required for the degree.
For more information the internship courses (COSC 397, CIS 397, ITEC 397) e-mail Dr. Josh Dehlinger.
The following is a draft of the procedure required by the Graduate School for approving
a graduate student as Teaching Assistant.
Graduate Teaching Assistant(GTA) Duties and Responsibilities
We will have two types of GTA's:
Type 1: Lab GTA
A lab GTA will be responsible for 8 hours of lab instruction per week. Lab GTA's will
grade and supervise the lab work. The professor assigned to the course will be responsible
for final grading of the course.
Type 2: Teaching GTA
A teaching GTA will be responsible for 6 hours of teaching/lab perweek. The teaching
GTA will be responsible for lecture/lab and grading of the course(s) assigned to him/her.
Lab GTA's will be assigned to monitor/teach the lab portion of the service courses
such as 101, 115, 109, 111 and 165. Teaching GTA's will be assigned to teach any of our service courses. Lab GTA's will attend 8 hours of lab, will have 2 hours of posted office hours and
will spend 5 to 8 hours per week on preparation and grading of lab assignments.
Teaching GTA's will have 6 hours per week lecture and or lab responsibility, 2 hours
of posted office hours and 7 to 10 hours preparation for the courses assigned to them,
as well as grading. The students and faculty will evaluate the GTA. In case of a lab assistant, the professor
who is in charge of the lecture part of the course will be responsible for evaluating
the lab assistant. In the case of a teaching assistant, the department chair or his/her
delegate will visit the TA class at least once every semester and prepare a written
The lab assistant will be trained by the lab manager and the professor in charge of
the lecture at least a week before classes start.
Teaching assistants will be asked to attend a half-day seminar given by professors
who are in charge of coordination of the service courses taught by the assistant.
In addition to this half-day seminar, new teaching assistants will be given a prepared
course syllabus, lab and homework assignments, as well as exams from the previous
In addition to the evaluation procedures, specified in part 6, the graduate director
will be monitoring the TA's work in the classroom and lab and will provide the department
chair with his/her evaluation and progress.
Requirements for GTA
good oral and written communication skills
graduate student standing
GPA of 3.0 or higher for a teaching assistantship, preference will be given to those
who already have a master's degree in a related field
Candidates will be asked to apply for GTA positions in the spring semester to be awarded
for the following year.
The applicant must provide the following:
the graduate application form approved by the Graduate School
2 letters of recommendation stating the applicant's ability to teach and the applicant's
oral and written communication skills
a copy of the applicant's TSU transcript
the selection of GTA's will be consistent with the University's fair practice policies
Some faculty in the department have grants which provide research assistantships (RAs)
to students. At this point these positions are managed by individual faculty and it
is up to them to define a selection criteria. The RAs and TAs both must be approved
by the graduate school and uses same forms for processing.
There are other facilities which provide financial aid to students. Academic computing
facilities, Library, Graduate school, and other such departments also need student
help from computer science graduates. These positions are managed by themselves and
students can find more information from graduate school and placement office.
Recommended Guidelines for Research and Teaching Assistants
Effective communication skills
Admitted to the Graduate Program and has completed all prerequisites to the program.
Duties and Expectations
Students may be given half-time or full-time lab assistantship position. A half-time
assistant is expected to attend 4 hours of lab and have 2 hours of tutoring in the
lab each week. The assistant is also to help grading lab papers.
Duties for full-time lab assistant will be 8 hours of lab and 4 hours of tutoring
per week, in addition to grading lab papers.
Supervision and Evaluation
Professors who teach the lecture part of the course will be the lab assistant supervisor
and solely responsible for the student evaluation and grading. At the end of each
semester, students in the course, as well as the professor teaching the course, will
evaluate the lab assistant.
Courses for which lab assistants may be used include: COSC 109, COSC 111, COSC 236, COSC 237, COSC 280, COSC 501, and others.
Half-time Lab Assistant = 10 hours per week Up to 6 credit hours of tuition waiver for each semester $1000 stipend for each semester Full-time Lab Assistant = 20 hours per week Up to 12 credit hours of tuition waiver for each semester $2000 stipend for each semester.
All assistantship candidates will qualify for the Maryland in-state tuition.
Assistantships will be selected each semester. The selection criteria will be based
on GPA, two recommendations and their communication skills. Once an assistantship
is given to a candidate, it will be renewed automatically each semester unless the
student's GPA falls below the graduate school requirements. The students who are already
awarded assistantships will not enter into the new pool of applicants. Only vacated
slots of assistantships will be filled each semester. Each semester, the graduate
program director will advertise for the possible slots open in the department.
Contact / Send e-mail inquiry to:
Dr. Yanggon Kim, COSC COSC Graduate Assistantships Coordinator, ykim AT_TOWSON