Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistants (TAs) are resident students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering who are paid a stipend to teach part-time at the university as part of their training. Teaching assistants normally have full instructional responsibility in the recitation or laboratory sections of courses to which they are assigned, or they grade papers and examinations.

Appointments to these positions are based upon the recommendation of a student's department chair and are effective for one academic year or one semester, but are renewable.

International students are not usually eligible for appointments as teaching assistants in their first year of graduate work unless they have demonstrated proficiency in spoken English or they have received training at another American university.

All newly appointed teaching assistants are expected to attend the Teaching Assistant Orientation (held in early September) and Teaching Assistant Workshops (held throughout the academic year), both of which are organized through the university's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).

For more information on teaching assistantship opportunities at Tufts, contact your academic department of interest.

TA Orientations

GSAS Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation (Virtual)

Friday, August 23 and Monday, August 26, 2024 | 10 - 11:30 am (Eastern)

The GSAS TA Orientation sessions will take place on Friday, August 23rd and Monday, August 26th. These will be two different sessions with important information and resources for teaching assistants. All incoming students who are holding a Teaching Assistantship, as well as returning students who are holding their first Teaching Assistantship and have not attended TA orientation in the past should attend. Registration information coming soon.

SOE Teaching and Research Assistant Orientation

Wednesday, August 28, 2024 | 9:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern) | Location to be announced

School of Engineering TA/RA training has in-person and online components. Online training will open on Canvas on Wednesday, August 28, 2024. In Canvas, there are 3 modules that TA/RAs need to view and pass to be eligible for payment. Training must be completed with passing grades by September 10, 2024. All SOE students who are in a new position as a TA or RA are required to attend orientation and take all training. 

AIT Academic Integrity Training for graduate students. A link to the training will be sent to your Tufts email. You are required to complete the training before you matriculate into your graduate program.

Register for SOE Teaching and Research Assistant Orientation by August 12th