Teaching Assistantships (TA's) in mathematics are available only to students working on the M.A.T, M.S. or Ph.D. in Mathematics
The Mathematics Department is strongly committed to helping its TA's become exemplary teachers as well as strong mathematicians. Consequently, a good deal of mentoring is offered to our TA's. During the first two years, TA's get valuable experience working in the state-of-the-art Polya Mathematics Learning Center-experience that is helpful for future employment. In subsequent years, TA's may teach a wide range of lower division courses including calculus. TA's teach the equivalent of two courses per year plus some tutoring.
A new TA without extensive teaching experience is assigned to teach a section of Math 143: Precalculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry. While teaching this first course, a new TA takes Math 510, a seminar in college teaching. The instructor of this seminar assists the students in developing teaching skills. The instructor observes each student teaching a class session and video tapes at least one session. Often a student is able to perceive problems with his or her teaching style by watching the video tape, and the tapes are useful for generating discussion in the seminar that is useful to all the students. The instructor also helps students design their first few tests and guides them in establishing a grading policy.
After the first semester of guided teaching, most students teach courses independently, progressing upwards in the curriculum as far as the third semester of calculus. Our graduates have found this teaching experience very helpful in finding academic positions. In fact, over the last 16 years, every one of our Ph.D. graduates who has sought academic teaching has been hired in a tenure-track assistant professorship.
TA's come with an annual stipend of $17,800 and a waiver of out-of-state tuition; many also come with a full waiver of all tuition and fees.
Teaching Assistantships are awarded for an academic year, but are automatically renewed for those who do a good job and make satisfactory progress toward their degree.
There is no definite closing date for reviewing applications, but chances of receiving a Teaching Assistantship are better if we receive your application by December 1st for the spring semester or January 31st for the fall semester.