1. Students in the first three years in the program will be automatically appointed for the year assuming that they apply for an annual position during the spring application period and that they are making satisfactory progress toward the degree. (See University criteria from Executive Order 28 for performance of TA duties and the availability of positions.)
  2. Students beyond the third year who wish to have an annual TA position should also apply in the spring during the application period. These applicants will be ranked according to: (1) academic progress, (2) prior TA performance, and (3) need to satisfy the two-quarter teaching requirement for the Ph.D. The ranking will be done by a small faculty committee. We will attempt to make as many annual appointments as possible. Instructor and student preferences will be taken into consideration when quarterly course assignments are made.
  3. During the academic year, a student may request a quarterly TA position approximately six weeks before the beginning of the requested quarter when the TA sign-up is announced. Instructor and student preferences will be taken into consideration when quarterly appointments and course assignments are made.
  4. We encourage students with RA appointments to apply for a 50-50 TA/RA position, where appropriate.

We will continue to use the online TA signup each quarter to express preferences and credentials.
(promulgated May 21, 2002)