Teaching Assistants

TA Handbook

Teaching Assistants' Handbook

Updated in 2008, this handbook was written by Statistics professors with help from graduate students for use by TAs in the Statistics Department.

PDF, 69 pages.

Teaching Assistants

The primary way in which the department helps to fund its graduate students is through employment as a Teaching Assistant (TA). Teaching Assistantships are awarded quarterly. A TA-ship carries a monthly stipend of between $980 and $1961, and involves a workload of between 10 and 20 hours per week. TAs are also eligible for fee remissions – see below for full details.

New TAs

All new TAs are required to attend the Orientation for New Teaching Assistants organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Details of how to register can be found at the CETL website. New international TAs must also pass the SPEAK Test of spoken English. This takes approximately half an hour and is held on selected dates throughout the year. More details about the SPEAK Test can be found on the CETL website.


To be eligible to be a TA you need to meet certain requirements. The first of these, the Orientation and SPEAK Test, are listed above. All TAs must be registered in at least 12 units; if you are not registered in 12 units, you may not be a TA. If you register for 12 units but subsequently drop a class and fall below 12, you may be in breach of your TA contract. You must be in good academic standing and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. If you are on either PELP or Filing Fee status, please remember that you may only hold a TA position for one quarter during your academic career. Furthermore, students may only work as a TA for fifteen quarters in total. All TAs are required to complete a Graduate Student Eligibility Checklist and return it to the graduate program coordinator before their appointment can be entered.

Once you have been assigned a TA position, the graduate coordinator will provide you with a written contract that includes notification about the course you’ll be working on and the instructor you’ll be working with. As soon as you find out your instructor, it is up to you to contact them to arrange your first meeting. You and your instructor will then be required to agree upon your workload and return the following form to the graduate coordinator: Teaching Assistant Workload Worksheet.

Salary and Fee Remissions

Teaching Assistants are offered at either 25% or 50%, and are currently paid as follows (2013-14 amounts):



Monthly Salary

Quarterly Salary

TA, 25%

10 hours per week



TA, 50%

20 hours per week



Occasionally, students are given the opportunity to work as an Associate Instructor. This means they are in charge of instruction for the course, and for supervision of Teaching Assistants. An AI works at 50% and is paid more, but has a larger responsibility. They are paid as follows:

AI, 50%

20 hours per week



TAs and AIs who work 10 hours per week or more are also eligible for remissions on their in-state fees. For 2014-15, quarterly in-state fees stand at $5,513.54 ($4369.54 tuition and $1,144 health insurance). After fee remissions, students employed as Teaching Assistants are only required to pay about $263 per quarter. TA fee remissions do not cover out-of state Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, however. For full details of fees and remissions, please see our page on Tuition.

Resources for Teaching Assistants

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Current Teaching Assistants

TAs hold regular office hours at the TA Office, MSB 1117. Office hours are posted outside the office, or on the individual course websites. Please check the course websites to find out the TA for that course.

We do welcome TA Applications from graduate students in other programs. If you would like to apply for a TA position within the department, please complete the TA Application Form (link to be added) and return it to the graduate coordinator Pete Scully (MSB 4118E). Please note that all new TAs must have completed the TA Orientation offered by the CETL(see http://cetl.ucdavis.edu/courses-and-events/ta-orientation.html), and must be registered in 12 units as full-time students.

TA Supervisor (2014-15): Prof. Wolfgang Polonik
Graduate Coordinator: Pete Scully