Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Teaching Associateships

A teaching assistant position entails working with the faculty instructor who has primary responsibility for the course. Teaching assistantships are the most common means of support for graduate students. 

A teaching associate position means the graduate student has full responsibility for a course, including the course design, lectures, and grading. A teaching associate must have completed the MA degree requirements prior to the appointment and meet all other criteria for approval by the Graduate Dean. Qualified graduate students have the opportunity to teach as Associates in the summer for the English Department and Associateship positions are also occassionally available for qualifed graduate students during the academic year. 

Teaching assistants, associates and reader positions are represented by a labor union and contracts are negotiated determine the salary levels: Current Agreement for Academic Student Employees.