Teaching Assistantships

Most math grad students are supported as Teaching Assistants. A first-year Teaching Assistant usually spends five hours per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) conducting quiz sections for calculus or pre-calculus courses that meet with a faculty member on other days. Teaching Assistants also hold office hours and share in the grading of exams. The duties are not too heavy and are scheduled so as not to conflict with one's graduate study. New TAs are given extensive TA Training and have many resources available throughout their appointment to help them improve their teaching skills. After the first year, there are a variety of assignments available to TAs, including:

Available TA Assignments

Beginning TAs receive a base salary ($2,228 per month in 2016-2017); see the University's Graduate Student Service Appointment Salary Schedule for current salaries: click on "Regular (Non-Variable Rate) TA/RA/SA Salary Schedule", and math TAs are paid on "Schedule #1". TAs also receive a waiver of tuition, except for approximately$450 per quarter in required fees. TAs may be promoted first to the rank of Predoctoral Teaching Assistant I (PDTA I), which carries a somewhat higher salary, and later to Predoctoral Teaching Associate II. (See the Guidelines for TA and RA Appointments for details.) There is usually an increase in the salary schedule each year.