The History Department has a limited number of Teaching Assistant positions available each year. Most are awarded to students as part of multi-year recruitment packages; a few are available to students who do not have guaranteed funding. TA work consists of grading examinations and other assignments and holding weekly office hours. (For more information about departmental expectations for TAs see related documents in the Useful Info panel on the right.)
Teaching Assistants who hold an M.A. (or have completed at least 30 hours of graduate coursework) receive a stipend in the amount of $14,779 per year; TAs who do not hold an M.A. receive $13,416. All TAs holding regular appointments of at least 20 hours a week also receive health insurance benefits and tuition assistance (see Office of Graduate Studies' TA/AI Tuition Assistance web page).
TA assignments to specific courses are generally made several weeks before the start of each semester. Assignment preferences are solicited from faculty and prospective TAs before the assignments are made; TAs also have the opportunity at this time to provide information about their schedules to so that TA assignments do not interfere with coursework. Although every effort is made to accommodate faculty and student preferences, because of the number of courses and respective schedules that need to be coordinated, faculty and students may not always get their first, or even third, registered preferences.
The History Department also regularly employs two Graduate Research Assistants to work with the Department Chair and the Graduate Adviser. The GRAs are paid at the same rate as TAs and receive health insurance benefits. In addition, the department pays their tuition.
Note that graduate students who hold TA or GRA positions are eligible for in-state tuition rates. They must, however, file for a waiver each semester before their bill is due. Students may file for a waiver through UT Direct: Tuition Bill Waivers.
International students who hold TA or GRA positions are also eligible for insurance waivers. For more information, visit the International Office - Student Insurance waiver website.
Students who are not native speakers of English must pass a language examination before they can be appointed to positions as Teaching Assistants. For more information, visit the International Office - ESL Services website: http://www.utexas.edu/student/esl/.
For more information about graduate student employment, visit the Office of Graduate Studies' student employment page: Student Employment, Academic Appointments.
Last Updated: July 20, 2015
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