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Thornton Center seeking Academic Mentors

Dear Gradaute Students,

before you consider the opportunity advertised below, keep in mind that if you already have an Assistantship with a one-half (50%) time appointment (i.e., 20 hours per week), the department does not support requests for additional, on-goining pay. Thus you would not receive the neccessary approval from the Dean of the Graduate School to take the position advertised below (see more details from the KRSS Graduate Handbook below at the end of this posting).

If you do not have an assistantship or have a one- fourth (25%) time appointment (i.e., 10 hours per week), you may consider this opportunity:

The Thornton Center is seeking graduate students or those who have already earned a Master’s degree with the following characteristics:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong academic background
  • Enthusiastic

What is an Academic Mentor?

  • Mentors are assigned to student-athletes during their first semester at the University of Tennessee to help them develop various skills, including organization, time management, communication, and study strategies.
  • Mentors encourage student-athletes to improve self-responsibility, self-directedness, and other necessary skills to achieve their goals both in the classroom and in life.
  • Mentors foster student-athletes’ long term academic progress by guiding them in the development of effective study and communication skills.

Interested in Becoming an Academic Mentor?

  • Check out the Thornton Center website at
  • Under ‘Interested in Becoming a Mentor’, select ‘Click here.’
  • Be prepared to submit the following application materials:
    • Cover letter, Resume, and Transcripts
    • Contact information for two professional references


Graduate Handbook 2016-17 (pp. 13-14)

Employment, Work Assignments and Additional Pay for Graduate Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates, and Graduate Research Assistants

Graduate work requires a full commitment from the student. Accordingly, students employed on campus may generally hold no more than the equivalent of a one-half time appointment. For a one- fourth (25%) time appointment, the graduate assistant’s normal work time should not exceed 10 hours per week. For a one-half (50%) time appointment, the average number of hours should not exceed 20 hours per week. All on-campus employment counts toward this total. Appointments and additional pay exceeding 20 hours must have prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, excluding summer term and the period between semesters. International graduate and professional students may not work over 50% time (20 hours) during the academic fall and spring terms. All graduate and professional students with assistantships may work additional hours beyond 20 without prior approval if the work is done between semesters or during the summer term. Approval of additional hours over the course of a semester is generally reserved for advanced students for whom the work is related to professional and/or academic development. Students at all levels will be considered for approval for additional work for short-term assignments, such as assisting with conferences or other special events. Whether the proposed assignment will be done within the student’s program or for an external unit, requests for approval must be sent by the department head to the Dean of the Graduate School and indicate the student’s current assistantship assignment, a brief description of and timeline for the additional work that will be done, indication of the student’s good academic standing, and a justification for requesting that student for the assignment.

Students interested in possible additional appointments and pay are responsible for contacting their advisor with a rationale for the exception request prior to committing to such opportunities. Only the advisor or department head can submit the request to the Dean of the Graduate School. There is no guarantee such a request will be granted. No work for additional pay should be undertaken without prior approval from the department. Further, the department strongly discourages any additional off- campus employment that would require the student’s total work commitment to exceed 20 hours per week.