General Information for Graduate Teaching Assistants



Teaching Assistants are paid semimonthly - one check mid-month and the other on the last working day of the month. For pay purposes, the Fall term runs from September 1 through January 15; the Spring term runs from January 16 through May 31. You will be paid a monthly stipend for the period of your appointment; this appointment also provides health insurance and a full tuition award. If you experience problems with your pay or your tuition award, check with Lisa Bella in Room 38-475. If you do not have direct deposit, checks are handed out in Payroll, NE49-3131.

The Citizenship and Immigration Service requires all students hired for research, teaching etc., to sign, under penalty of perjury, and "Employment Eligibility Verification"(I-9 Form). You must produce specified documents, which verify your identity and authorization to work and present them to the Atlas Service Center (E17-106). Your appointment cannot be completed until the  I-9 Form has been submitted and verified with the appropriate documents. In order to avoid delays in receiving your first month's salary, please complete this form immediately, or in the case of new graduate students, as soon as you arrive on campus.

Federal Income Tax will be withheld from your pay. If you have not already filled out tax withholding forms, or if you wish to change your withholding forms, please go to the Payroll Office, NE49-3131.

Full time Teaching Assistants are limited to a maximum of 27 units of classroom subjects, 12 units of thesis, and a maximum of 24 units of credit under 6.981, Teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. There is generally no point in registering for more total credit under 6.981 than can be used for your graduate degree. Note: Teaching Assistants MUST NOT be registered for the subject to which they are assigned as a TA.  Please check with your program administrator to see what other registration restrictions apply.

Most teaching assignments for the Fall term are made in April: most teaching assignments for the Spring are made in November. Teaching Assistants assigned to subjects giving final exams should expect to help proctor and grade these exams.

Office space is very limited.  You may inquire about space by seeing Lisa Bella, Room 38-475.

As a condition of employment, any TA who is assigned to a laboratory subject, must complete an online electrical safety-training course at the beginning of term.  You will be contacted directly regarding this online training.

General Information about the responsibilities and privileges of the Graduate Student Staff may be found in the Graduate School Manual. For specific information about your role as a Teaching Assistant in the Department, you may consult your immediate supervisor, Ms. Lisa Bella, Assistant to the Education Officers, (, room 38-475),  Ms. Janet Fischer in the Graduate Office (, room 38-444), Ms. Anne Hunter, in the Undergraduate Office (, room 38-476) or the current departmental Education Officers, Professors Antonio Torralba and Elfar Adalsteinsson.