Most math grad students
are supported as Teaching Assistants. A first-year Teaching Assistant
usually spends five hours per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
conducting quiz sections for calculus or pre-calculus courses
that meet with a faculty member on other days. Teaching Assistants
also hold office hours and share in the grading of exams. The
duties are not too heavy and are scheduled so as not to conflict
with one's graduate study. New TAs are given extensive TA
Training, and have many resources available throughout their
appointment to help them improve their teaching skills. After
the first year, there are a variety of assignments available to
TA compensation comes from two sources:
base TA salaries, and supplementary awards or fellowships.
- Teaching your own section
of an undergraduate course;
- Grading papers and holding
office hours for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate
- Serving as computer assistant
for the department.
Beginning TAs receive
a base salary ($1,525 per month in 2011–2012); see the University's
Student Service Appointment Salary Schedule for current
salaries), plus a waiver of tuition (except for approximately
$350 per quarter in required fees). After completing of a full
year of graduate study at UW and making normal progress, TAs
be promoted to the rank of Predoctoral Teaching Assistant I (PDTA
I), which carries a somewhat higher salary, and students
who teach their own sections of courses are usually paid at the
level of Predoctoral Teaching Associate II or higher.
(See the Guidelines for
TA and RA Appointments for details.) There is
increase in the salary schedule each year.
Most new PhD students
will be given supplementary awards or fellowships in addition
to their base TA salaries. These awards bring the annual stipend
up to at least $20,000 (and, in some cases, significantly higher) for each
the first five years.
To be considered for
a Teaching Assistantship, applicants should indicate in the appropriate
place on the Math Department Application for Admission and
Financial Aid that they wish to be considered for financial
support. TA appointments are made on the basis of the student's
potential for successful graduate work, with attention to the
likelihood that the applicant will perform the TA duties in a
satisfactory manner. Continuation of the appointment from one
year to the next is based on the student's performance as a graduate
student and as a teaching assistant. It is unusual for an appointee
to find it difficult to handle these duties properly.
The number of new TAs
appointed varies each year, but in recent years there have been
around 20 TA positions available. All new TAs must
participate in the Mathematics Department's TA training program,
which is held in September before the start of Autumn Quarter.