Every quarter we hire a significant number of TAs for CSE 14x. The TA application process is highly competitive. Applicants will first fill out a Catalyst survey with some basic information and answers to short response questions. After this, we will select a group of applicants who should submit a very short teaching video. In this video, each applicant should demonstrate the beginning of a lesson on while loops. This video should be done in one take and not edited. More information will be provided to applicants through email.
From these videos, the pool of applicants will be reduced and we will invite some individuals to come in for an interview. The interviews are conducted by our student TA Coordinators (experienced TAs who help run the program). In the interview, you will be asked to demonstrate how you would assist a student in the IPL on a basic linked list problem. You will also explain a topic of your choice from CSE 142 or 143. Prior to your interview, you should prepare a five minute whiteboard lesson on your topic. You may not use materials (slides, handouts, etc.) other than the whiteboard. We are looking for candidates with strong technical abilities and excellent teaching and presentation skills. Interviews are fairly informal; you do not need to dress up or bring a resume.
To be a TA you must have:
You also must be:
TAing is a serious time commitment. TAs work an average of 17-19.5 hours per week. The break down is as follows:
You can read more about mandatory TA duties here.
The starting pay for new TAs is $16.32/hour. TAs will receive hourly rate increases based on the number of quarters of experience as a TA. For more information visit the Undergrad TA Salary page
All TAs are protected by the UAW 4121 union (which protects all Student Academic Employees on all three UW campuses.) For more information visit their site at www.uaw4121.org
New TAs are required to participate in a weekly training program run by our undergraduate TA coordinators. The training sessions are held Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm. In addition, new TAs are required to attend a one hour "grading party" each week in which we discuss how to grade the current programming assignment. The grading party time will be chosen after the quarter starts at a time that all of the new TAs can make.
TAs will receive one credit for attending the TA training and grading party.
Also, it is important to note that while every week you are given materials to teach from, it is expected that TAs are extremely knowledgeable about the course material as this will not be part of training.