Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are apprenticeships intended to provide qualified students with relevant training experience for academic and academic-related careers in teaching and research. As a matter of University policy, teaching assistants are considered primarily as students being professionally trained. Graduate students who are recipients of teaching and research assistantships must meet all registration and enrollment criteria established by the Graduate Council and the department. They must also maintain satisfactory progress throughout their appointments.

The Department employs between 40 and 50 teaching assistants or ASE’s (Academic Student Employees) every quarter. Most ASE’s are assigned to the Lower Division Program where we offer 40-50 sections of first and second year language classes. The LD Program has the most rigorous training for ASE’s as it seeks to offer excellent quality language instruction to our undergraduates and to provide the best pedagogical training to our graduate students.