Hiring TAs and Readers

Teaching Assistants (TAs)


  • Departments select the TAs and place them in classes based on enrollment, instructor needs, pedagogy, and other factors.  Departments send that information to Summer Session and we hire and pay.
  • A request for a 100 hour TA should be made to your Department Manager.  
  • A TA can work a total of 2 TAships (200 hours) per summer. 
  • A TA's pay is $3038 for 100 hours


  • Enrollment reports are pulled May 31.  TA allocations are handed to each department on June 1. The number is based on total student enrollment in departments' classes divided by 44.  

  • That number will be the TAs allocated to the department.  Departmental administration provides appointments to Summer Session the first week of June.

  • See Department and Divisional TA Allocation from 2012 to 2015 for reference.

  • You will know if your course has a TA in the first week of June (if not sooner).

TA Mandatory Activities

Reading required texts for class Attending class
Preparing for section or lab Teaching section or lab
Holding office hours Cleaning up lab
Evaluating student work

TA Optional Activities

Preparing Assignments Consulting with instructor
Running course-related errands (such as photocopying) Previewing films
Interviewing guest speakers Grading exams

Resource: See the Graduate Division's TA Handbook for more information.


After TAs are assigned, courses without a TA that have 25+ students can request a Reader.  Readers are hired to read papers and grade homework/examinations.


  • Consider how much the reader will work - submit that tally to Summer Session and we will pay the reader for those exact hours.  

  • A reader can work a maximum of 100 hours. A request of 40-60 hours is typical.  There are no timesheets via Summer Session - we pay them for the hours they are hired to work.

  • a Reader's pay rate is $15.32 an hour 


  • We will send out a Call for Reader Requests the second week of June, after TAs are allocated.

  • Reader requests are due June 15 for all summer courses.

  • We do not have a pool of hired readers like the academic departments do.  We cannot hire last-minute readers for specific assignments - each reader is hired individually so we need their contracts before the course begins.