Bren School Teaching Assistant Information
Bren School TA Positions
University has provided the
Teaching assistants are assigned to core courses and courses with a significant lab or field component. In some cases, depending upon availability, teaching assistants are assigned to elective classes with large enrollments or special considerations.
Only PhD students are eligible for Bren teaching assistantships.? University rules do not allow masters students to TA graduate level courses that are taken primarily by their peers.
To be eligible for a TA position, PhD students must, throughout the period of their appointment, be:
? ?>= 3.0 GPA
? Fewer than 12 units of unfinished coursework
? Not on academic probation or subject to dismissal
? Advanced to candidacy if they have been a graduate student for 4 years or more
? Within normative time
Generally, TA positions are NOT awarded to Bren PhD students who are not in compliance with the PhD guidelines.
Non-native English speakers must take the locally administered English Language Placement Examination (ELPE) prior to their first quarter of enrollment. All prospective TAs for whom English is not the native language must meet minimum proficiency requirements in spoken English before they can be certified to have sole teaching responsibilities for graduate classes.
TA language evaluations of English speaking
proficiency are conducted jointly by representatives of the ESL Program and Graduate
Division and a faculty member from the academic department of the prospective
TA. If the student does not pass the evaluation, s/he cannot be certified for
sole classroom teaching responsibilities. In addition, the student will be
required to take ESL courses to improve oral proficiency. The student must
enroll in ESL classes and demonstrate sufficient progress in order to be
eligible for reevaluation. These standards are necessary to ensure quality
instruction at UCSB and the
winter, Bren School faculty are queried about their current and incoming PhD
students? funding needs for the following year and whether their student(s)
should be considered for TA positions. Current PhD students are also queried
directly about their interest in TAing and what
classes they feel they are qualified to TA. This information is provided to the
RAS assigns teaching assistantships. The following factors are considered in making TA awards:
The most important factor is teaching qualifications. If there is evidence that a student is not qualified to TA a specific class because of lack of knowledge, prior experience, and/or poor past performance as a TA, they will not be awarded the position.
addition to these general qualifications, the
Finally, if other factors are equal, the following considerations are taken into account in the decision-making process.?
A student who has prior experience TAing a particular class is not guaranteed re-assignment if there are other qualified candidates with priority consideration.
If there are no qualified Bren students to TA a particular class, we seek PhD students from other departments to fill TA positions.
Once the course faculty and the RAS Committee have
confirmed the TA positions, the
Before the start of the quarter for which the
student has agreed to TA, the Payroll/Personnel will write and deliver a second
letter following the procedures mandated by the
Before the start of the quarter for which a student TAs, the student must make an appointment with the Bren School Personnel/Payroll Assistant to complete hiring paperwork.? The Payroll Assistant will explain TA salary and benefits, start and end dates, etc. at this meeting.
Information on salary and benefits for Teaching Assistants, can be found at UCSB Graduate Division website: http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic/handbook/financial/apprentice.shtml
For more information on the TA Development Program and an on-line version of the TA Handbook:
A valuable resource for TAs: A Handbook for Teaching Assistants at UCSB can be found on the Office of Instructional Consultation website at: http://www.id.ucsb.edu/IC/index.html
information on TA policies for both the University and the