ASE Opportunities for UCSD Students

Graduate Student - ASE Titles and Duties

Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant (TA) assists in the instruction of an upper or lower division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty lectures and by grading assignments and examinations.

A TA may also assist with the development of assignments or exams, hold office hours and proctor examinations. In the case of basic language, reading and composition, some other skills-building courses, and a few other courses, a teaching assistant may lead the class meetings, but as with all other TAs, the general instructional content of the course, as well as the official assignment of student grades and decisions on grade appeals, are the responsibility of the faculty member in charge of the course. In no instance shall a teaching assistant be assigned responsibility for the entire instruction of a course.

Associate (teaching a course)

An Associate (teaching a course) may conduct the entire instruction of a lower division course or upper division course with approval granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Associate is assigned a faculty mentor to provide guidance and training as needed.

A graduate student must have demonstrated a talent for classroom teaching and had advanced training in the subject matter. For Ph.D. students, the candidacy exam must have been passed and the student must be in the final stages of dissertation writing or must have equivalent other accomplishments (publications, extensive experience as performer-teacher, or the like). MFA students should be in the second to last or last quarter. The appointment is also dependent upon positive academic and administrative review and approval by the student's department/group Chair, Dean of Graduate Studies and Divisional Dean.

Associate (in lieu of TA)

An Associate (in lieu of TA) may serve as a "senior TA" for a department/programs' TA training activities, as a TA consultant or Language Screener for the Center for Teaching Development, or under an Academic Instructional Improvement grant. Use of this title for any other program requires prior approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Reader

A Reader assists a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams and may also hold office hours to answer students' questions about such assignments.

Tutor

A Tutor provides tutoring to individual (one-on-one) or small groups (three or more) of undergraduate or graduate students who require additional help to understand a course or topical material. In some instances tutoring may focus on improved use of the English language.

Graduate Student - ASE Minimum Qualifications

Note: Any employment outside of the student's academic (home) department must have prior approval from the home department.

  1. For academic year employment at 25-50% time, a student must be registered full-time (12 units or more). A student enrolled in less than 12 units, with departmental approval, is eligible for a maximum of 25% time employment.

  2. A graduate student must be in good academic standing, i.e.,

    1. Meet departmental standards including a satisfactory annual spring academic progress evaluation;
    2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate course work;
    3. Must not have more than a total of eight units of F and/or U grades overall.

  3. A graduate student must be within the departmental time limits:

    Ph.D./D.M.A. Degree Aim: Each department has established Pre-candidacy and Support Time Limits. A doctoral student must advance to candidacy by the Pre-candidacy Time Limit (PCTL) and also be within the Support Time Limit (SUTL) to remain eligible for campus employment or to receive other University funds. In addition, no one may be employed as a teaching assistant and/or associate (teaching a course) for more than 18 quarters.

    M.A./M.S. Degree Aim: Eligible for up to 7 quarters of employment or other University funding.

    M.F.A/M.P.I.A. Degree Aim: Eligible for up to 10 quarters of employment or other University funding.

  4. An international graduate student whose undergraduate degree is not from an English-speaking college or university, or who has serious pronunciation problems, may not serve as a TA until s/he has been certified to have the requisite English language skills. This English language policy does not apply to a student who serves as a TA which is conducted in his/her native language. For further information, contact the International Teaching Assistant Language Program, (858) 534-3981.

Exception to Minimum Qualification

An exception to the minimum qualifications listed above may be granted at the discretion of the University.

Undergraduate Student - ASE Titles, Duties, and Minimum Qualifications

Reader :

A Reader assists a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams and may also hold office hours to answer students' questions about such assignments.

Minimum qualifications are a 3.0 grade-point average and have taken and received at least a "B" grade in the course or equivalent in which s/he is serving.

Tutor:

A Tutor provides tutoring to individual (one-on-one) or small groups (three or more) of undergraduate students who require additional help to understand a course or topical material. In some instances tutoring may focus on improved use of the English language.

Minimum qualification is a 3.0 grade-point average.

Undergraduate Tutor (serving as a Teaching/Instructional Apprentice):

A tutor (serving as a teaching/instructional apprentice) serves as an assistant in an undergraduate course under the supervision of a faculty member. The faculty instructor is responsible for the course content and for maintaining the overall quality of instruction, including supervision of the undergraduate instructional apprentice. The purpose of the apprenticeship is to learn the methodology of teaching through actual practice in a regularly scheduled course.

Minimum Qualifications: 3.0 grade-point average and upper division standing.

A student may not assist in a course in which s/he is enrolled nor may a student be a teaching/instructional apprentice in more than one course in a quarter.

The Committee on Educational Policy and Courses (CEP) requires that an Application for Undergraduate Instructional Assistant form be completed for each undergraduate student used to assist in each course.

Exception to Minimum Qualifications

An exception to the minimum qualifications listed above may be granted at the discretion of the University.