Employment 

The Department of History employs graduate students as Teaching Assistants, Readers (Graders), Graduate Student Researchers and Associate-Ins. First priority is given to graduate students within the Department of History; however, we also hire students from other departments who demonstrate strong writing skills. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in order to receive offers of academic employment on campus.

Types of Employment

Teaching Assistantships (TAships)

Job Description

A teaching assistant (TA) assists in the instruction of an upper or lower division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty lectures and by grading assignments and examinations.

A TA may also assist with the development of assignments or exams, hold office hours and proctor examinations. In the case of basic language, reading and composition, some other skills-building courses, and a few other courses, a teaching assistant may lead the class meetings, but as with all other TAs, the general instructional content of the course, as well as the official assignment of student grades and decisions on grade appeals, are the responsibility of the faculty member in charge of the course. In no instance shall a teaching assistant be assigned responsibility for the entire instruction of a course.

Courses

Inside the history department, we regularly hire TAs for the two lower-division US sequences and the one lower-division East Asian sequence. We also hire a limited number of TAs for our other two lower-division courses some upper-division history courses.

  • HILD 2A-B-C: United States History
  • HILD 7A-B-C: Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • HILD 10-11-12: East Asia
  • HILD 30: History of Public Health
  • HILD 14: Film and History in Latin America
  • Upper division lecturer courses numbered 100-159D

Rate of Pay/Workload

Current academic titles and pay rates can be found on the Graduate Division website. Annual salaries are based on a 100% appointment, 40-hour week model. Graduate students are not allowed to have 100% appointments (because, your primary role here is as a student, not an employee). As a salaried employee, the number of hours you work a week may vary but the total number of hours you work should not exceed your appointment percentage.

  • 25% appointment, 10 hours per week, 110 hours per quarter
  • 50% Appointment, 20 hours per week, 220 hours per quarter
  • 75% appointment, 30 hours per week, 330 hours per quarter

Fee Remission 

Students receive remission of the following fees when assigned to a 25% or above appointment. 

  • Student Services Fee
  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance

A complete list of graduate student tuition and fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

 

Readerships

Job Description

A Reader assists a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams and should be anonymous to the students enrolled in the class. In order to perform these duties, Readers must attend the upper-division lecture course to which they are assigned. 

Courses

Inside the history department, we regularly hire Readers for upper-division history courses with enrollments of 50 students or above. This often means that we must wait until the first week of classes to make offers.

  • Upper division lecturer courses numbered 100-159

Rate of Pay/Workload

Current academic titles and pay rates can be found on the Graduate Division website. Annual salaries are based on a 100% appointment, 40-hour week model. Graduate students are not allowed to have 100% appointments (because, your primary role here is as a student, not an employee). As a salaried employee, the number of hours you work a week may vary but the total number of hours you work should not exceed your appointment percentage.

  • 25% appointment, 10 hours per week, 110 hours per quarter
  • 50% Appointment, 20 hours per week, 220 hours per quarter
  • 75% appointment, 30 hours per week, 330 hours per quarter

Fee Remission 

Students receive remission of the following fees when assigned to a 25% or above appointment. 

  • Student Services Fee
  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance

A complete list of graduate student tuition and fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)

Job Description

A Graduate Student Researcher is a registered graduate student who performs research under the direction of a faculty member.

Courses

Not applicable.

Rate of Pay/Workload

Current academic titles and pay rates can be found on the Graduate Division website. GSRs in the History department are paid the step 1 hourly on the GSR pay scale.

Fee Remission 

GSR titles do not include fee remission. A complete list of graduate student tuition and fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Associate-In

Job Description

An Associate (teaching a course) may conduct the entire instruction of a lower division course or upper division course with approval granted by the Dean of the Graduate Division. The Associate is assigned a faculty mentor to provide guidance and training as needed. Use of this title requires prior approval by the Dean of the Graduate Division.
Appointment to this title requires evidence of extraordinary merit in teaching and scholarship and prior relevant teaching experience, advanced training in the subject matter and support of the department chair. For Ph.D. students, the candidacy exam must have been passed and the student must be in the final stages of dissertation writing or must have equivalent other accomplishments (publications, extensive experience as performer-teacher, etc.). MFA students should be in the second to last or last quarter. The appointment is also dependent upon positive academic and administrative review and approval by the student's department/group Chair, the Divisional Dean and the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Courses

Inside the history department, we hire Associate-Ins to teach courses in the summer, and on an ad-hoc basis during the regular academic year. A call for summer courses proposals goes out in early Fall quarter. Offers to teach during the regular academic year will come from the department chair via a student's faculty advisor as necessary to balance the teaching matrix.

  • Lower division courses
  • Upper division lecturer courses numbered 100-159

Rate of Pay/Workload

Current academic titles and pay rates can be found on the Graduate Division website. Annual salaries are based on a 100% appointment, 40-hour week model. Graduate students are not allowed to have 100% appointments (because, your primary role here is as a student, not an employee). As a salaried employee, the number of hours you work a week may vary but the total number of hours you work should not exceed your appointment percentage.

  • 25% appointment, 10 hours per week, 110 hours per quarter
  • 50% Appointment, 20 hours per week, 220 hours per quarter
  • 75% appointment, 30 hours per week, 330 hours per quarter

Fee Remission 

Students receive remission of the following fees when assigned to a 25% or above appointment. 

  • Student Services Fee
  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance

A complete list of graduate student tuition and fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up Direct Deposit?

There are three (3) offices on campus that provide direct deposit for graduate students:

Student Business Services (stipend payments for domestic students):  https://www-act.ucsd.edu/studentEBill/StudentBilling

Payroll (TA, Reader and  GSR employment checks for domestic and international students):  http://blink.ucsd.edu/Blink/External/Topics/How_To/0,1260,4306,00.html 

Disbursements (stipend payments for International students, travel and other personal reimbursements):  http://blink.ucsd.edu/buy-pay/payment-methods/direct-deposit/enroll.html