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Tips for Finding a Teaching Assistantship

Teaching assistants for specific courses are usually hired in the middle of the preceding semester. For example, teaching assistantships for the fall semester are usually advertised in March or April; teaching assistantships for spring are advertised in October and November. Contact the potential hiring departments early and, if possible, contact the specific instructors who teach those courses as well. Most departments require a formal application; some have specific forms for this purpose.

Other departments that typically hire our graduate students (when they cannot fill vacancies from within their own ranks) include the Biocore (Biology Core Curriculum), botany, kinesiology, landscape architecture, women's studies, zoology, and sometimes civil/environmental engineering, geology, and mathematics. But don't limit yourself to these! If you have background and/or expertise in other fields, contact those departments as well. The following is not a list of current vacancies but it can be a helpful guide. Use it as a starting point--a list of potential contacts for planning ahead and making connections early.

Contacts for Potential TA Positions in the Biological Sciences

BioCore, Dr. Janet Batzli, Assoc. Director, Biology Core Curriculum, 363 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St, 263-1594 -OR- Carol Borcherding, 345 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St, (608) 265-2870

Botany, Carmela Diosana, Department of Botany, 139 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, (608) 262-0476

Zoology, Nazan Gillie, 145 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills Street, (608) 262-2741 or (608) 262-1051

Contact for Potential TA Positions in Other Departments

African Studies: James Delehanty, Associate Director, 205B Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-4458

Chemistry: Jeanne Hamers, Room 1328 Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, (608) 263-4852

Economics: Kim Grocholski, Graduate Advisor, 7235 Social Science Bldg, 1180 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-3285

French: Andrea Palm, 612 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Geography: Sharon Kahn, 144 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, (608) 262-3861

Geology and Geophysics: Professor Jean Bahr, 411 Weeks Hall, 1215 W. Dayton St, (608) 262-5513

Landscape Architecture: Debi Griffin, Room 1 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, (608) 263-7302

Latin American, Caribbean And Iberian Studies: Alice Badertscher, 209 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-2811

Physics: Physics, 2320 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, (608) 262-4526

Psychology: Susan Gallagher, Department Administrator, 218 Psychology, 1202 W. Johnson St, (608) 262-1042

Rural Sociology: Contact instructors of courses that use TAs; (i.e., courses with discussion sections, such as Rur Soc 140 or Rur Soc 215)

Sociology: Dana Rasmussen, Assistant to Chair, 8128 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-1498

Soil Science: Contact instructors of courses that use TAs; (e.g., courses such as Soil Sci 132)

Spanish and Portuguese: Lucy Ghastin, 1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Women's Studies: Eileen Mislove, Women's Studies Program, 110 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive; (608) 263-4703

Contact for Other Types of Assistantships

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, 1710 University Avenue, (608) 265-9119

Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE): Alison Alter, WAGE Associate Director, 322 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-9774

State Cartographer's Office: A.J. Wortley, 384 Science Hall, 550 N. Park St, (608) 265-8106

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