Teaching Assistant Application Information

The Political Science Department accepts applications from graduate students in other University of Washington graduate programs to work as TAs provided they have a substantial background in political science. We teach classes in political theory, American politics, international relations and comparative politics and in subfields such as race and minority politics, political economy, and environmental politics.

TAs hold 50% ASE positions that include a stipend paid according to the university's pay scale, a tuition waiver and medical benefits (ASEs are responsible for student fees). Specific duties may vary by class and when UW courses are taught remotely, but typical duties include attending lecture, teaching two quiz sections, grading exams and papers, and holding office hours for two hours per week (click here to see job descriptions). See the UAW contract for additional information about ASE employment.


 These are the application materials to prepare for your application:

  • Cover letter including

    • why you want to TA for Political Science
    • your background in political science (graduate classes or undergraduate major preferred, minor okay) and fields/subfields within political science that are most familiar and comfortable for you
    • prior training and experience as a teaching assistant or other teaching experience
    • prior work with students, especially undergraduates
    • international student applicants must confirm that they meet Graduate School eligibility requirements detailed in Graduate School Memo 15
  • Resume/CV. Include contact information for at least 3 references.
  • Scan of unofficial non-UW undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Scan of teaching evaluations, if you have any

Click here to access the application form


The department contacts applicants only if a position is available and only if they are a suitable candidate for the open position. Interviews are usually scheduled within three weeks of the start of the upcoming quarter. Apply by mid-August for autumn quarter consideration.


Graduate students who are hired who do not have prior TA experience at UW are required to participate in new TA training. In autumn new TAs attend

  1. Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) TA Conference. International TAs must also participate in CTL's International TA Program.
  2. Political Science Department's New TA Orientation, date TBA.
  3. Pol S 595, College Teaching of Political Science, 1 credit. See the Autumn 2020 Time Schedule for course information.

Orientations and training for TAs hired beginning in winter and spring quarters are by arrangement.

Questions: Contact Meera Roy, the Political Science Department's Director of Academic Services, at meroy@uw.edu or (206) 543-9456.