Ohio University

Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

The mission of the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (RSP) is to improve wellbeing and happiness through inclusive recreation and leisure, physical education, and physical activity and sport coaching. This mission is achieved through high-quality education, scholarship, and service to the university, community and related professions. 

The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University is seeking qualified candidates to fill graduate assistantship opportunities within the Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) Program and the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies (PRLS) Program. These positions are open to students while pursuing a Master of Science degree in one of two program areas. Those program areas include the Coaching Education and Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Graduate Programs.  

Students pursuing a graduate degree in either Coaching Education or Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies can apply for graduate teaching assistantships (GTA). More information on each of these positions, detailed qualifications, and application requirements can be found below. Applications received by February 1st receive priority and are reviewed following admissions decisions. 

Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) Graduate Teaching Assistant

The Physical Activity and Wellness program (PAW) is intended to promote health and wellness through participation in physical activity and recreational sports. The program offers a wide array of one-credit-hour courses that are available to students across the university. Courses offered through the PAW program are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully engage in self-directed physical activity as well as individual- and team-oriented recreational sports. 

Please review the Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) Graduate Teaching Assistantship Overview for detailed information including position description, qualifications, term of appointment, & salary and benefits. Questions concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Annie Machamer (amachamer@ohio.edu), Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) Coordinator. 

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Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant

The Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies (PRLS) Program offers a series of undergraduate courses that aim to expose students to a variety of different outdoor pursuit activities. This aspect of the PRLS program provides students with the opportunity to develop outdoor skills in areas related to wilderness living, wilderness navigation, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, and others. Graduate students selected to serve as a PRLS graduate teaching assistant will be responsible for teaching outdoor skill-based courses in the undergraduate curriculum and supporting the program in other related tasks.  

Please review the Parks, Recreation, & Leisure Studies Graduate Teaching Assistantship Overview for detailed information including position description, qualifications, term of appointment, & salary and benefits. Questions concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Andrew Szolosi (szolosi@ohio.edu), the Program Coordinator for the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies Program. 

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Graduate Recruitment Stipend

The Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy offers a limited number of Graduate Recruitment Stipends (GRS) for students who do not obtain a graduate assistantship or graduate teaching assistantship with the PAW Program, PRLS Program, or through the Department of Campus Recreation.  

Students who accept a GRS award will receive a partial tuition waiver (i.e., full tuition waiver minus $975 during the fall and spring semester), a stipend in the amount of $975 (during the fall and spring semester), and if necessary, a waiver of the non-Ohio resident surcharge. In exchange for the GRS award, a student is required to work five hours per week with a faculty member in the Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy during the fall and spring semesters. The student must also enroll in a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours each semester. No formal application is required to be considered for these awards.       

Questions concerning a GRS position should be directed to Dr. Bruce Martin (martinc2@ohio.edu), Recreation & Sport Pedagogy Department Chair.