Teaching Assistant Application Information

How to Apply for a TA Position in Political Science (for students in UW graduate programs other than Pol S)

The Political Science Department accepts applications from graduate students in other University of Washington graduate programs to serve 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 (students must self-pay student fees). Specific duties may vary, but typical duties include attending lecture, teaching two quiz sections, grading exams and papers, and holding office hours for two hours per week. See the UAW contract for additional information about ASE employment.

The link to apply for the 2018-19 academic year will be available by July 1. Apply by mid-August for autumn quarter consideration.

These are the application materials to prepare:

  • Cover letter including

    • why you want to TA for Political Science
    • your background in political science (graduate work 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 (http://www.grad.washington.edu/Acad/gsmemos/gsmemo15.htm)
  • CV/Resume. 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

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.

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) the UW TA Conference, 2) the Political Science Department's New TA Orientation, 3) Pol S 595, College Teaching of Political Science.  Orientations and training in winter and spring quarters are by arrangement.

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