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Conditions of service

(Definition from the University of California Academic Personnel Manual , 68-4) "A teaching assistant is a registered graduate student in full-time residence, chosen for...excellent scholarship and for...promise as a teacher, and serving an apprenticeship under the active tutelage and supervision of a regular faculty member."

Your appointment is made by your department and is subject to certification by the Graduate Dean. Appointments are for one quarter, two quarters, or an entire year. In some cases, TA-ships may be awarded at less than 50% time with a proportionate reduction in salary. A letter of exception must be filed with the Graduate Division for any graduate student working more than 50%. See your department for a letter of exception form.
The aggregate length of time of all appointments as an apprentice instructor (TA, reader, Associate) cannot exceed four years without permission of the Chancellor, upon recommendation of the Department Chairperson and the Dean of the school or college. In no case will a period longer than six years be authorized.

Teaching Assistant workloads are intended to allow you to fulfill your own academic obligations. TAs employed half-time (.50 FTE) are expected to devote an average of 15 to 20 hours per week to TA duties during instructional and examination periods, time not to exceed 220 hours per quarter. These hours include all time spent in preparation, classroom and laboratory teaching, office consultation, and reading student papers. If you have a 50% appointment which terminates on June 30, you may take another half-time campus job from the end of the Spring quarter to the 30th. It must not, however, exceed half-time because on paper you will then appear to be working in excess of 100%, even though your TA duties are over. (By the way, since a half-time appointment for a TA is normally maximum, a 50% TA is frequently called a full-time TA {as contrasted to a 25% appointment}). You should also be informed that ".50 FTE" means a half-time job in University parlance, "FTE" = full-time equivalent.

(University of California Academic Personnel Manual, 410-20): "The teaching assistant is responsible only for the conduct of recitation, laboratory or quiz sections under the active direction and supervision of a regular member of the faculty to whom final responsibility for the course's entire instruction, including the performance of his [or her] teaching assistants, has been assigned. A teaching assistant is not responsible for the instructional content of a course, for selection of student assignments, for planning of examinations, or for determining the term grade for students. Neither is the TA to be assigned responsibility for instructing the entire enrollment of a course or for providing the entire instruction of a group of students enrolled in a course."

(University of California Personnel Manual, 410-25): The selection, supervision and training of all student teachers is an important responsibility of the teaching department, and in particular of the chairperson. All candidates for appointment and reappointment should be subjected to careful review and recommendation, either by the department as a whole or by a responsible committee.

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


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