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
Contact for Potential TA Positions in Other Departments
Rural Sociology: Contact instructors of courses that use TAs; (i.e., courses with discussion sections, such as Rur Soc 140 or Rur Soc 215)
Soil Science: Contact instructors of courses that use TAs; (e.g., courses such as Soil Sci 132)
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