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Course Assistant and Grader Responsibilities

Course Assistant (CA):  CAs assist the faculty member who has primary responsibility for a course.  Duties vary, but may include the following:

  • Writing solutions to problem sets and exams, grading problem sets and exams; returning graded problem sets and exams in a timely manner -- no more than a week after the problem set or exam is completed.
  • Assisting in the preparation of lecture materials.
  • Holding office hours.

CAs are 25% or 30% appointments. These positions do not count towards the three-quarter TA requirement for graduate students in Physics.

Graders:  Occasionally the department needs graders for courses. Grading positions provide an hourly wage, do not pay any tuition allowance, and cannot be used to fulfill the teaching requirement for graduate students in Physics.  Graders typically grade problem sets and/or exams, and occasionally write solutions as well. Graders are sometimes hired for graduate courses, or for one-time assistance in grading exams for an undergraduate course. 

Graders may work a maximum of 8 hours per week.  International students may not work as a grader during the academic year if they have a 50% RA, TA or combined RA/TA appointment. Rules are slightly different for summer quarter.  See Maria Frank or Elva Carbajal if you have further questions about grading positions.