Becoming a Teaching Assistant in Physics
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the Physics Department. In order to apply as a TA in Physics, you should note the following points:
- Priority is given to students who have completed or are concurrently registered for the practicum course PHYS 294, Teaching Physics. PHYS 294 is offered Autumn and Winter quarters only.
- There is no need to approach individual instructors about TA positions -- especially not for the introductory courses. You will have the opportunity to state your preferences on the application.
- Priority in hiring is given to applicants who are graduate students in the Physics Department.
- TAs for the PHYS 20 and 40 series are offered 50% appointments while TAs for other courses are offered 25% appointments.
- Before applying to TA for the department, please review the responsibilities for TAs of specific courses described in the links below.
- You must complete the TA application by the due date for the quarter in which you wish to apply. Typically, the TA application period opens around the following dates and closes about two weeks after it opens:
- Around the end of week 7 of summer quarter, typically between August 7 and 14 for Autumn quarter applications.
- Around the end of week 5 of fall quarter, typically between October 22 and 29 for Winter quarter applications.
- Around the end of week 5 of winter quarter, typically between February 2 and 9 for Spring quarter applications.
- Around the end of week 7 of spring quarter, typically between May 12 and 19 for Summer quarter applications.
More details on specific courses can be found in ExploreCourses. Details relevant to serving as a TA for Physics courses can be found at the links below:
- Requirements for Employment as a TA
- Expectations for Physics TAs
- TAing the PHYS 20 or PHYS 40 series discussion sections
- TAing the PHYS 20 or PHYS 40 series laboratory sections
- Head Teaching Assistant (HTA) for the PHYS 20 and 40 series
- TAing the PHYS 60 series discussion or lab sections
- TAing courses that are required for the undergraduate Physics major: PHYS 70, 110, 112, 120, 121, 130, 131, 170, 171
- TAing intermediate and advanced lab courses that are required for the Physics majors: PHYS 105, 107, 108
- TAing elective courses in the undergraduate Physics major: PHYS 113, 134, 152, 161, 172
- TAing graduate Physics courses
- TAing courses for nontechnical majors: PHYS 15, 16, 17, 19
- TAing observational astronomy courses: PHYS 50 and 100
- Course Assistant and Grader responsibilites
- TA salary and tuition support