Graduate TA Positions
Any CSE graduate 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 CSE PhD student, please talk to your advisor ASAP about whether you will need to TA and, if so, at what percentage ("full" or "half" appointment). If you are unsure about your funding situation and *might* need a TA position (e.g. you're still trying to secure an RA position), you should fill out a TA application.
Fifth-year CSE BS/MS students at the graduate level are highly encouraged to apply for TA positions however positions are not guaranteed. Historically, most BS/MS students who have applied have received TA assignments.
Graduate students from other departments are welcome to apply and may receive quarterly appointments on an as-needed basis.
- 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; "TA type" refers to *your* student status (not the level of course you wish to be a TA for). All graduate student applicants should select one of the grad TA options--most commonly the "Grad TA" selection. Only select the "Grad RA/TA" option if you have another source of funding (RA, grant, fellowship, etc.) to supplement this TA assignment giving you a "full" (~20 hours/week) grad appointment.
- 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.
- The TA application is for submitting requests/preferences only. While most applicants will be assigned to one of their preferred courses, this cannot always be guaranteed. Applicants are strongly advised to submit preferences for multiple courses in the event their top choice is unavailable. Graduate students from outside the CSE department may receive quarterly appointments only on an as-needed basis.
- A "full" TA appointment is considered a 20-hour/week job, 220 hours per quarter. Students with other sources of funding (RA, Fellowship, etc.) can apply for a "half" TA appointment (10-hour/week job, 110 hours per quarter). See here for more information on funding options and policies.
- We do NOT know that enrollments will be high enough to warrant a TA in all the classes listed on the application each quarter. Just because a course is listed as an option does not mean a TA will be assigned to it.
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FERPA Acknowledgment: TA Information Release
By choosing to apply for a Teaching Assistant (TA) position with the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, I understand that if I am hired, certain information associated with my TA appointment, which is part of my education record under FERPA , will be published in various online locations. As a result, this information may be visible to CSE instructors and staff outside of my course, the greater university community, and, in some instances, the general public. The published information may include any combination of my name, school email address, photo, the course(s) and section number(s) to which I am assigned, and my status as an undergraduate or graduate. Online locations may include time schedules, course websites, instructional dashboards, and other course-related resources.
I also understand that (1) I have the right to inquire further about the release of this information. (2) I have the right to request a specific exception. (3) I have the right not to consent to the release of any information where I can be identified as a TA. (4) I have the right to revoke this consent in writing, delivered directly to the CSE Course Coordinator/TA Advisor, with the knowledge that any subsequent revocation of this consent shall not affect information shared by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington prior to the receipt of my written revocation of consent.