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Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA)

GTA appointments in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering are highly sought after and competitive. Applications for GTA appointments cannot be considered before admission to the ISE Graduate Program.

In general, the Department considers two issues when making GTA appointments.  One is academic promise as a student, which is judged on the basis of the materials submitted for admission to the program and grades received while in the ISE graduate program.  The other is appropriate background and skills for the duties required by the particular assignment.

There are no guarantees of appointment beyond that specified in the student’s initial appointment documents.  Re-appointments are dependent upon availability of funds, satisfactory performance and successful academic progress.


GTAs assist in all components of the course and attend all course sessions; hold office hours for students; work directly with students; assist faculty members with course and lab materials, assignments, and exams; ensure a safe and effective laboratory environment; grade homework, lab reports, and exams; participate in ongoing efforts to improve the program; other course related duties as assigned by the faculty member.

To be successful, it is essential that a GTA be proficient in all course material and to prepare for labs by working through the student assignments.


GTAs are required to have strong written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; acceptance into the ISE Graduate Program and a strong desire to teach.

Spoken English Requirement.  GTAs whose native language is not English, and who did not score a TOEFL iBT speaking component score of 28 or higher, must pass the University’s Oral Proficiency Assessment (OPA) in order to hold a GTA position.  Students should schedule this examination as soon as possible after arriving on campus.  For more information see Spoken English Program.

GTA Training Course. New GTAs are required to attend a GTA teaching development workshop offered by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. and the ISE GTA training and orientation.  These will occur the week before Autumn semester classes begin.  The Department will coordinate and schedule the workshop for new GTA’s.  If offered a GTA position, you will be expected to adjust any summer internships accordingly in order to attend this required training.

Additional requirements and information can be found in Section IX: Graduate associates of the Graduate School Handbook.

Working Hours and Compensation:

Standard 50% appointment = 20 hours per week


  • Tuition waiver (i.e. 100% waiver including instructional, general and learning technology fees) if enrollment requirements for Graduate Associate & Fellow appointments have been met.
  • Monthly stipend (i.e. base stipend is $1,776 per month)
  • 85% Student Health Insurance subsidy

The following fees are not covered by the tuition waiver and will be deducted from the monthly stipend: Student Activity Fee, Student Union Fee, COTA Bus Fee, Recreation Fee, and the unsubsidized portion of Student Health Insurance (if applicable).  See FeeTables.asp for a complete listing of graduate fee tables.

How to Apply

Submit a GTA Application

GTA application deadline for the following academic year: February 1