A Teaching Assistant (TA) is an academically qualified and registered graduate student in full-time residence chosen for excellent scholarship and for promise as a teacher, who is assigned to assist in the delivery of instruction under the active tutelage and supervision of a faculty member. No prior teaching experience is required for appointment.

Responsibilities generally include the following:

  1. Prepare for and conduct your assigned discussion sections every week. You may be assigned up to 5 discussion sections per week.
  2. Attend all course lectures to make sure your discussion sections are in synch with the lectures.
  3. Hold 1-2 office hours weekly (1 in normal weeks; 2 before the exam).
  4. Assist the instructor with preparation of exams. For example, you may be asked to proofread the exam, prepare exam keys, photocopy it and sort it.
  5. Assist the instructor with supervising graders and proctors during exams.
  6. Assist the instructor with maintaining the course website.
  7. Assist the instructor with setting up and maintaining electronic homework.
  8. Respond to instructor’s e-mails within 24 hours.
  1. Notify the instructor in advance if you are selected for jury duty or must request leave that interferes with your ability to carry out your assigned TA responsibilities. Help arrange for your replacement during your absence.

Responsibilities generally do not include:

  1. Prepare lectures for the lecture portion of the course.
  2. Replace the instructor during lectures.
  3. Assume sole responsibility for the preparation of exams and homework assignments (with limited input from the instructor).
  4. Assign grades for the course.
  1. Act on requests from the instructor that go well beyond the core responsibilities listed above and result in a workload in excess of 20 hours per week.

If you have any questions about your TA assignment contact your supervisor. If you have further questions, contact Sergey Nizkorodov, Vice Chair, Academic Programs & Curriculum.