Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistants are graduate students who help faculty with the conduct and delivery of courses. Services provided by teaching assistants include, but are not limited to, grading, monitoring, leading lab and/or discussion sessions, offering office hour assistance to students, and performing clerical tasks associated with course instruction. Teaching assistants are supervised by the course instructor of record and are subject to established departmental policies on student academic employment.  The duties of a Mathematics Teaching Assistant (TA) can vary from course to course; please see a list of duties here. Additionally, you will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the employment terms. 

Eligibility Considerations/Requirements

To be eligible for appointment as a teaching assistant a nominee must: 

  • Be a degree-seeking graduate student without existing admissions conditions imposed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies;
  • Be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree;
  • Remain registered in courses that count toward the graduate degree for at least nine semester hours during each semester of the long session; and
  • If holding an appointment for any summer term (first six weeks, second six weeks, nine weeks or twelve weeks), must remain registered in courses that count toward the graduate degree for at least three summer hours during any term of the summer session.

The following criteria have been established for selecting Teaching Assistants:

  • Graduate students who have received excellent grades in Calculus courses and in any upper-division mathematics courses taken.
  • Graduate students who have previous teaching experience are preferred. 
  • On our application, we ask for you to list courses previously taken in Mathematics. If you did not take these at UT, you can see a list of courses here and determine which course is equivalent. 

Each student selected as a Teaching Assistant in the Mathematics Department may be asked questions to determine his/her proficiency in the course the student will assist. International students are required to have competed ITA English Certification. Information about this University-wide requirement is here.

All new Teaching Assistants must present proof of eligibility for employment by completing a Verification of Identity and United States Employment Authorization for All Employees form. Forms will be available for you to complete via an online employment verification system upon acceptance of employment. A criminal background check is conducted for all new university employees. 

Teaching Assistants will be appointed for different number of hours per week depending on such factors as class size, frequency and type of assistance required, etc. 

TAs are responsible for advising us immediately of any contact information changes; please call Elisa Bass - 512-475-8137 or email bass@math.utexas.edu if you have any questions regarding this application.

We are accepting applications for Spring 2018 and will make first round hiring decisions by December 18, 2017. Second round hiring decisions will be made by January 8, 2018. Contacting the office directly regarding your application status will not improve your chances of being hired as we give equal consideration to all applications. The Online Teaching Assistant Application Form is available here.