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Teaching Assistant Opportunities

 Teaching Assistant Positions for Summer 2019 - Spring 2020

The TA Application Workshop will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, in SAV 157. Please join us to ask questions or hear more about these TA opportunities.

Applications for teaching assistant positions are due on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Are you a current UW graduate student (as of Fall 2018) applying for a TA Position? Click here.

Are you applying to UW as a graduate student (as of Fall 2018) and wish to also apply for a TA position? Click here.

For details on program-specific requirements, follow these links: Chinese - Japanese - Korean - South Asian

Department Statement of Policies for Academic Student Employees (ASEs) (PDF)

Eligibility: All graduate students applying to, accepted by, or currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply for teaching assistant positions. Strong preference is given to graduate students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

Due Date:  The deadline for Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, and Korean, is January 7, 2019. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Department. Students will be notified of their appointments as soon as practicable.

Selection Criteria:  The following criteria will be taken into consideration in the selection of teaching assistants:

  • command of spoken and written English
  • academic progress (with priority given to AL&L students)
  • evidence of effective teaching potential
  • career plans involving teaching
  • responsibility and the ability to work well with others

In addition, the following criteria will be considered for language teaching applicants:

  • proficiency in the target language
  • experience teaching the target language
  • completion of coursework in foreign language pedagogy (e.g. ASIAN 510)
  • knowledge of the grammar of the target language and the ability to explain it clearly. 

English Language Requirement:  By the time of appointment, students who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient ability in English by satisfying the requirements detailed in Graduate School Memorandum No. 15.

To satisfy the requirement you must have either:

  1. A bachelor’s, (NOT a master’s, or doctoral degree) from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom, OR
  2. have submitted to the University of Washington a currently valid TOEFL Speaking score of 26 or higher, OR a IELTS speaking score of 7.0 or higher, OR a VERSANT score of 65 or higher. NOTE: UW is phasing out acceptance of IELTS scores. Only IELTS scores from tests taken prior to June 1, 2017 will be accepted.

*If you do not fulfill these requirements and are a current student at UW take the VERSANT test OR the University of Washington's ENGL 105: English for International Teaching Assistants as soon as possible. 

**If you do not fulfill these requirements and do not live in the Seattle area, take the TOEFL iBT as soon as possible. 

***If your test scores are high enough to qualify for an appeal interview (as described in Graduate Memo 15) we will contact you to arrange an appeal interview.  These can be conducted by Skype for those not currently in the Seattle area.

If you have questions about application procedures, please email the Graduate Program Adviser at

Hiring:  All appointments are subject to availability of funding. Department hiring will be carried out in conformity with the UW/UAW contract for Academic Student Employees.

Teaching Assistant Salary and Benefits:  Teaching Assistants in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature typically receive a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly salary of at least $2,295 per month during the months they are assigned to teach.  Exact details of salary and benefits are listed in the offer letter. 

Typical job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching language classes daily (usually in the morning)
  • making/grading tests and homework
  • keeping student records
  • participating in TA meetings
  • collaborating with the supervisor and other TAs

The University of Washington provides equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University of Washington policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

Note: All applicants must keep the office informed of their current phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address.

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