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Teaching Assistantships | Teaching Fellowships | Graduate Student Researchers | Summer Session Instructors | Summer Teaching Assistantships


For more information about Graduate Student Academic Appointments, please visit this page: http://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/academic-regulations/graduate-student-handbook/section-eight.html

Teaching Assitantships

Anthropology Department Expectations

Lower Division Teaching:

At some point in your graduate career, you will act as a Teaching Assistant for one or more lower division Anthropology courses. Anthropology 1 (Intro to Biological Anthropology), Anthropology 2 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology), and Anthropology 3 (Intro to Archaeology) series all have multiple discussion sections run by TAs.

We strongly encourage students in the graduate program in cultural anthropology to act as TAs in all three basic introductory courses. Many, if not most, of our graduates who pursue teaching careers can expect to find employment in anthropology programs which emphasize the “four-field” approach to anthropology. Background as a Teaching Assistant for archeology and biological/physical anthropology is an excellent foundation for working in this context, as well as for participating in interdisciplinary seminars here at UCSC.

The Division of Social Sciences provides a set number of TAships for the entire year.

Employment Information

TAs are assigned by the Graduate Division, with consideration given to recommendations made by the Anthropology Curriculum Committee.

The Graduate Program Coordinator will solicit TA requests during Spring Quarter for TAships within the department.

First, second, and third year students will receive priority for TA assignments within the department.  However, we expect all students to apply for any TA opportunities outside the department to maximize available support. 

Students fill out employment paperwork at the Social Sciences Business Services Office at the beginning of the first quarter in which they teach.

TAs in the UC System are represented by the ASE/UAW. Please consult with your union rep about your rights as a bargaining unit member.

Finding TAships Outside the Department

With limited financial resources, the department encourages students to apply for TAships outside the department.  TAing outside the department has several advantages.  It furthers the interdisciplinary nature of the program and gives students an opportunity to connect and apply their anthropological knowledge to another field.  TAing with faculty in other departments expands the professional network of students.  Finally, students are better able to find outside members to serve on their QE and/or dissertation committees.

The TA Jobs GoogleGroup is available for students to find positions outside the department.  Departments post their TA openings, and students can subscribe to receive email alerts for new jobs.  Here's a link for more information: https://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/TA%20Application/index.html

A list of departmente contacts is also available: https://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/grad-student-employment/ase-positions-1.html.  Students are encouraged to reach out to these department contacts to inquire about possible positions for the upcoming quarters.

Writing

Undergraduate courses in Anthropology emphasize writing rather than standardized tests, and much of the pedagogical work of both instructors and Teaching Assistants involves coaching students in their writing skills.

Training

The department takes teaching seriously. We offer new TAs a comprehensive workshop on teaching, and we encourage ongoing consultation about pedagogy, practical matters, and ethics. Our new TA advising is conducted by a faculty member with the cooperation of experienced graduate students who act as mentors.  Furthermore, Graduate Division holds a campus-wide TA training in conjunction with Orientation.

All Teaching Assistants are strongly encouraged to participate in these sessions.

Students are encouraged to take seminars offered on campus on the teaching of writing skills.

Workload

Teaching Assistants are expected to work closely with instructors during the course, to attend all lectures, hold regular office hours, and to meet weekly with instructors.

TAs in the introductory courses hold two to three discussion sections per week to review materials presented in lecture and readings.

TAs read exams (normally essays) and other work submitted by students in their sections, assist the faculty member in grading homework and exams and in preparation of course work materials. They are expected to hold regular office hours each week during the quarter for individual consultations with students.

The Anthropology Department and the Graduate Division expect Teaching Assistants to work an average of 20 hours a week. TAs who find themselves working more than this average should discuss this matter with the instructor and with the Graduate Director.

Record-Keeping/Evaluations

TAs assist in writing student Narrative Evaluations under the supervision and review of the instructor.

TA Pay

Most recently, TAs received $6,684 per quarter. In addition, the majority of the registration fees and all of the UCSC health insurance fee are paid for the quarter of service. The department covers the remaining student fees (~$402 per quarter) when the budget allows.  Please be aware that other departments may not follow this practice.

If you are employed as a TA for the full academic year, your first paycheck will be issued on November 1, and on the first of the month thereafter. The final Spring quarter check is issued on July 1. When you sign your employment papers, you will fill out a payroll check disposition form to let Payroll know where to send your check.

Teaching Fellowships

A Teaching Fellow is a registered graduate student in full-time residence who has Advanced to Candidacy for the doctorate, has at least two years of teaching experience (including that of a teaching assistant in or outside the University) or otherwise has achieved appropriate professional maturity, and who has been chosen because of competence to conduct the entire instruction of a group of students in a course under the general supervision of a regular faculty member.

Subject to the general supervision of a faculty member designated in catalogues and published schedules as in charge of the course, a teaching fellow should be competent to provide the entire instruction of a course to a group of students, and normally should be given such assignments. Assignment to instruction may not be made except with the approval of the Committee on Educational Policy.

The Department Manager will send out a call for course proposals in fall quarter.

Application Packet

Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor prior to assembling their packet.  Please compile a packet consisting of the following:

Letter of Application

  • Brief description of dissertation research

  • Brief description of courses you would like to teach

  • Preferred quarter

  • Scheduling limitations (ie. Tu/Th schedule for commuters...we cannot guarantee preferred schedule)

CV

  • Should include prior teaching experience

  • Please include course number & title when listing courses

Syllabus for each course you are proposing

  • Learning Outcomes - see Program Learning Outcomes (The course is not expected to meet all learning outcomes, but you should provide a statement on how this course will contribute to program learning outcomes)

  • A list of discussion topics by week with associated assigned readings

  • Summary of assignments to be completed

  • Basis for student evaluation

  • If you are proposing an ANTH 110 course, your syllabus should address the questions on the Undergraduate Supplemental Form (including the section for the appropriate GE requirement under Guidelines for General Education Courses.

The Department office has copies of course syllabi.  You are encouraged to consult these resources when preparing your proposal.

Graduate Student Researchers (GSR)

Graduate student researchers are provided a salary, which ranges depending on your academic level and department. Typically, pre-QE students are hired at step 6, which pays a salary of $6,573 per quarter at 50% time. Advanced (post-QE) students are hired at step 8, which pays a salary of $7,665 per quarter at 50% time.

GSRs are obtained by the faculty, and they make all hiring decisions. Students are encouraged to do the following to obtain a GSR:

  1. Offer to write the grant for funding GSRs
  2. Check with faculty from other departments; not all departments have graduate students
  3. Look into research units such as CLRC, UC Mexus, CA Studies

Summer Session Instructors

Students who would like to work during the summer while gaining teaching experience may elect to apply for summer teaching positions.

The Summer Sessions Office will send out a call for course proposals in Fall Quarter.

Submissions should be sent to the Anthropology Department, and the Department Manager and Chair will make suggestions to the Summer Sessions Office.

Priority will be given to those who have passed their QEs, are writing their dissertations and have not taught summer session in the past. Students may submit up to two course proposals.

Department policy states:

  1. Students must be eligible, meaning that they have passed their QE, are in good academic standing, and have approval of their advisor.
  2. Teaching record and quality of the syllabus will be strongly considered in ranking.
  3. Anthropology 1, 2, 3, 150, and 110 courses will receive highest priority.
  4. Every attempt will be made to ensure equity, to spread around the opportunity to teach in summer session.

Application Packet

Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor prior to assembling their packet.  Please compile a packet consisting of the following:

Letter of Application

  • Brief description of dissertation research

  • Brief description of courses you would like to teach

  • Preferred quarter

  • Scheduling limitations (ie. Tu/Th schedule for commuters...we cannot guarantee preferred schedule)

CV

  • Should include prior teaching experience

  • Please include course number & title when listing courses

Syllabus for each course you are proposing

  • Learning Outcomes - see Program Learning Outcomes (The course is not expected to meet all learning outcomes, but you should provide a statement on how this course will contribute to program learning outcomes)

  • A list of discussion topics by week with associated assigned readings

  • Summary of assignments to be completed

  • Basis for student evaluation

  • If you are proposing a ANTH 110 course, your syllabus should address the questions on the Undergraduate Supplemental Form (including the section for the appropriate GE requirement under Guidelines for General Education Courses.

The Department office has copies of course syllabi.  You are encouraged to consult these resources when preparing your proposal

Summer TAships

Summer courses with a high enough enrollment may warrant a TA allocation. The Summer Sessions Office is responsible for the hiring of summer TAs with consultation on assignments from the Department.  The call for summer TA requests typically occurs in early June.  

Summer session TAships pay $2,921 per 5 week session and are subject to higher tax withholdings as well as contributions to the DC Plan Safe Harbor.