Graduate TA Positions

Any CSE grad student who will not have a full RA appointment (or other funding) in a given quarter should register and apply for a TA position.

If you are unsure about your funding situation, talk to your advisor first. If you might need a TA position in a given quarter, you should fill out a TA application.

Graduate students from other departments are welcome to apply and may receive quarterly appointments on an as-needed basis.


IMPORTANT FOR CSE GRAD STUDENTS:

If you fill out a TA application, you are committing to a TA assignment unless you withdraw your application by Wednesday, August 14, 5:00pm. To withdraw your application, go to the TA Candidate Dashboard of the TA website and select the option to withdraw your application.

If you need more time or if your situation is unsettled, please contact the TA Coordinator.

CSE grad students and faculty should assume that releases from autumn TA assignments can not be granted after Wednesday, August 14, 5:00pm unless additional time is requested.

Application Instructions

*** IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE CSE TA APPLICATION ***

The CSE TA application website has recently undergone a significant update and redesign which should greatly simplify the TA application process.  All applicants should carefully read the application instructions listed below.   

If you are a returning TA candidate and have submitted an application in the past, please take special note of the following changes which may require your action or attention:

  • Course category preferences: a new listing for "Data Structures" has been added. Also, the Course Category preferences you select will no longer auto-populate the Individual Course preferences (Previously, e.g., if you indicated a positive preference for the "Theory" course category, all the individual Theory courses being offered would automatically get that same preference ranking--this is no longer the case).   
  • Individual course preferences: TA course preferences are now indicated using a 1-5 scale instead of 0-1. Prior preferences were not converted to this scale so TA applicants who had prior preference data will need to re-enter it using the new scale. 
  • An optional "Personal Statement" section has replaced the previous "experience" and "reasons for applying" sections.  Any information you previously provided here has NOT been carried over and will need to be resubmitted, if you so wish.
  • Applicants no longer need to self-report their grades, prior CSE TA experience, advisors, major, etc.; that data is now gathered automatically.

 

  • Go to the TA application website and sign in with your UW NetID: https://ta.cs.washington.edu/apply/
  • You should now see a page with your "TA Candidate Dashboard".  Click the "Apply" button which will take you to the application page.
  • In the Basic information section, you should see your name displayed; For "TA type", make the appropriate selection.
  • In the Personal statement section, you may describe why you would like to be a TA and/or what outside experience you have. This is not required; rather the purpose is for you to provide any information you'd like instructors and/or the TA administrators to know when considering you for a TA position.  This information is particularly helpful if you are a non-CSE student or a first-time applicant.  Graduate students from other majors can also provide links to their CV or undergrad transcript information if available.  
  • In the Course category preferences section, indicate your general preferences for the various course areas. 
  • Finally, in the Individual course preferences section, you can indicate your TA preference rankings for individual courses.  Simply give whichever course you would prefer to be assigned to a higher ranking preference from 1 to 5 (with 5 being most preferred) and rank any other courses relative to that (or the same if you have an equal preference).  Also, if you are unable to TA for a course due to a schedule time conflict (i.e. you are unable to attend any of that course's lectures OR the weekly course staff meeting), please check the schedule conflict checkbox in the first column.
  • Click the Submit button and you're all done! You may return to this page and make changes at anytime during the open application period.

Additional Notes

  • Introductory Programming Courses (CSE 142/143): TA positions for the large introductory programming courses (CSE 142/143) are assigned primarily to undergraduate students. Graduate students who have a strong interest in computer science education and/or teaching are encouraged to contact the TA Coordinator for information about potential TA opportunities with these courses.
  • A weekly TA training seminar is offered each quarter on Thursdays, 4:30-5:20 PM, for students who are selected to TA and who will be teaching for the first time. It is strongly recommended for any TA who has not participated previously, even if this is not your first time as a TA.


APPLICATION CONTACT:

Pim Lustig
274 Gates Center
pl@cs.washington.edu 
206-616-3225

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or dsou.washington.edu.

 

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