Teaching Assistant Information

    APPLICATION DEADLINES:

    FALL TERM: October 22

    SPRING TERM: March 22

    PAY:

    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, or at isabell@mit.edu. It is recommended that you sign up for direct deposit, otherwise checks are handed out in Payroll, NE49-3131.
     
    I-9 FORM:

    The U.S. government requires all graduate students hired for research, teaching, etc., to sign, under penalty of perjury, an “Employment Eligibility Verification” (I-9 Form). You must produce specified documents, which verify your identity and authorization to work and present them at the Atlas Service Center located on the first floor of E17. Your appointment and ability to start employment cannot be completed until the signed I-9 Form and the appropriate documents have been processed at the Atlas Service Center.  You can find more information at https://hr.mit.edu/i-9.
     
    INCOME TAX:

    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.
     
    REGISTRATION:

    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.
     
    ASSIGNMENTS:

    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:

    Office space is very limited.  You may inquire about space by contacting Lisa Bella at isabell@mit.edu or visiting her in room 38-475.
     
    SAFETY:

    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, (isabell@mit.edu, room 38-475),  Ms. Janet Fischer in the Graduate Office (jfischer@mit.edu, room 38-444), Dr. Katrina LaCurts in the Undergraduate Office (lacurts@mit.edu, room 38-476) or the current departmental Education Officers, Professors Denny Freeman, Elfar Adalsteinsson, Rob Miller, or Leslie Kaelbling.

    *For questions regarding TA appointments, please contact Lisa Bella at isabell@mit.edu, 617-253-4611, or 38-475.