Undergraduate TA

The School has a very sizable teaching load, and each semester it hires 30-45 undergraduates to TA for its courses. This is a paying job, and can frequently be a very rewarding experience.

Undergraduate TA positions are only open to undergraduate students. 

Graduate students are not eligible for these positions.

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Teaching and Lecture Assistant Positions

The School of Mathematics is looking for responsible undergraduate students to join our undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) and undergraduate lecture assistant (ULA) team this fall.

UTAs are not hired by course.  Because class availabilty varies term by term, we expect teaching assistants to be comfortable teaching various courses.  ULAs will assist with differential or multivariable calculus, or linear algebra.  The minimum requirements at the time of application are:

  • Completion of or concurrently enrolled in Multivariable Calculus/Calculus III (Math 2551 or 2550 or 2401 or 2605) or Differential Equations (Math 2552 or 2403) for UTA positions
  • Completion of Integral Calculus or Calculus II (Math 1552 or 1502/1512) or Linear Algebra (Math 1553 or 1554 or 1564 or 1522 or Math 2406) for ULA positions; additionally, all 1000-level mathematics courses (1551, 1552, 1553) should be completed by the end of the spring term
  • A high overall GPA with grades of all A's and B's (preferably A's) in mathematics courses
  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Fall 2017 will be the beginning of at least your second year as a college student (no first-year students are eligible for UTA or ULA positions)

Most spring UTAs/ULAs are selected from the fall UTA/ULA team, but there are sometimes a few positions for new UTAs/ULAs during the spring term.

Applications are now closed for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Applications for the Fall 2018 term will open in December, 2017.

Please do not search for old links as the application materials change each year. 

An undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) has many responsibilities.

  1. Teaching two 50-minute recitation sessions each week.
  2. Grading homework, quiz/exam papers, and projects (including proctoring and grading during the final exams week) for the lead instructor.
  3. Holding office hours (at least one hour per week).
  4. Attending organizational meetings with the lead instructor.
  5. Attending the CETL/Mathematics TA Orientation (tentatively scheduled on Sunday afternoon, August 20).
  6. Enrolling in CETL 2000 MAT, TA Development Seminar (11:05 am -11:55 am on Tuesdays or Thursdays during the semester).

An undergraduate lecture assistant (ULA) has slightly different responsibilities.

  1. Attending lecture and assisting the instructor during lecture once per week.
  2. Grading homework, quiz/exam papers, and projects (including proctoring and grading during the final exams week) for the lead instructor.
  3. Holding office hours (two to three hours per week).
  4. Holding regularly scheduled review sessions.
  5. Attending organizational meetings with the lead instructor.
  6. Attending the CETL/Mathematics TA Orientation (tentatively scheduled on Sunday afternoon, August 20).
  7. Enrolling in CETL 2001 (11:05-11:55 on Tuesdays or Thursdays during the semester).

The stipend for the 2017-2018 academic year will be approximately \$1,490 per semester for UTAs teaching 4-credit hour courses and \$1,345 per semester for UTAs and ULAs teaching 2-credit hour courses.

Upon a satisfactory completion of the UTA duties, a UTA will receive one credit hour (P/F) of CETL 2000 MAT and a ULA will receive one credit hour (P/F) of CETL 2001.

Go to the UTA/ULA Application page

Please note: ULA applicants will fill out the same application materials as the UTA applicants.  Please see the problem set instructions for the differences in the application process.

For more information, e-mail the TA Coordinator.