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, openings occur through the summer; 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 graduate students) include international studies, political science, economics, French and Italian, Spanish, human ecology and women's studies. But don't limit yourself to these! If you have background and/or expertise in other fields, contact those departments as well. Biocore (Biology Core Curriculum), hire graduate students who majored in biology, neuroscience or genetics. 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 OTHER DEPARTMENTS
African Studies: James Delehanty, Associate Director, 205B Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-4458
Economics: Kim Grocholski, Graduate Advisor, 7235 Social Science Bldg, 1180 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-3285
French: Andrea Palm, 612 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Geography: Sharon Kahn, 144 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, (608) 262-3861
Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies: Alice Badertscher, 209 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-2811
Political Science: Deb McFarlane, 110 North Hall, (608) 263-1878
Psychology: Susan Gallagher, Department Administrator, 218 Psychology, 1202 W. Johnson St, (608) 262-1042
Rural Sociology: Contact instructors of courses that use TAs; (i.e., courses with discussion sections, such as Rur Soc 140 or Rur Soc 215)
Sociology: Dana Rasmussen, Assistant to Chair, 8128 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, (608) 262-1498
Spanish and Portuguese: Lucy Ghastin, 1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Women's Studies: Eileen Mislove, Women's Studies Program, 110 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive; (608) 263-4703
CONTACTS FOR POTENTIAL TA POSITIONS IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
BioCore: Dr. Janet Batzli, Assoc. Director, Biology Core Curriculum, 363 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St, 263-1594 -OR- Carol Borcherding, 345 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St, (608) 265-2870