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, and be within their Support Time Limit in order to receive offers of academic employment on campus. Students are also limited to 18 quarters of appointments as  either Teaching Assistants or Associate-ins (summer appointments don't count).

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

The University of California Office of the President has mandated that graduate students may hold teaching assisitant (TA) appointments for a maximum of 18 quarters (summer session TA appointments do not count toward this limit).

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.

Hiring Practice

Academic Year: The Department of History sends out a call for TAs for the following academic year to the history student listserv in early spring (April) quarter. All students must apply for positions within the department by the deadline. The Graduate Program Assistant forwards a list of the applicants, including information about funding guarantees, exceptional circumstances, and the application materials, to the instructors of record. They then make the final placement decision in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Summer Session: The Department of History has limited opportunities for TAs during summer session as funding for TA hires is allocated based on enrollments. History grad students who wish to have the opportunity to work as a TA over the summer should notify the Graduate Student Affairs staff of their interest by sending an email to historygradadviser@ucsd.edu during spring quarter. When course enrollments qualify for this support, the instructor of record is notified, given the name at the top of the list, and determines the final placement decision.

English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants

International graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41).

Evidence of English Language Proficiency: Certification as Teaching Assistant Cut Off Scores

Students may be certified either on the basis of their score on one of the following:

  • have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 28-30
  • have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 8.5-9.0
  • have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 83-90, and 2
  • be an international graduate students who serve as language assistants in courses conducted in their native language.

Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam

Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.

Those students who are admitted but have a speaking TOEFL score below 23 will not be allowed to take the certification test. Students who fall into this category will need to acquire the required English language proficiency skills via other means. Many students have found courses offered in the English Language Institute  and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program(both offered by University Extension) helpful in this regard; however, these courses must be paid for out of pocket.

 

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.

Hiring Practice

Academic Year: The Department of History sends out calls for Readers quarterly once undergraduate enrollment has completed for the upcoming quarter. Funding for Reader hires is allocated based on enrollments. The Graduate Program Assistant places Readers in consultation with the instructor of record. Priority is given to history students with Readership guarantees or exceptional circumstances. History students with exceptional circumstances should notify Graduate Student Affairs staff of their need by sending an email to historygradadviser@ucsd.edu. Students outside the History Department who would like to be added to our Reader Pool should also email historygradadviser@ucsd.edu.

Summer Session: The Department of History rarely has opportunities for Readers during summer session, as funding for Reader hires is allocated based on enrollments. History grad students who wish to have the opportunity to work as a Reader over the summer should notify the Graduate Student Affairs staff of their interest by sending an email to historygradadviser@ucsd.edu during spring quarter. When course enrollments qualify for this support, the instructor of record is notified, given the name at the top of the list, and makes the final placement decision.

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.

Hiring Practice

Academic Year: GSR appointments are created by faculty using their research funds. For the most part, faculty have a specific student in mind when they notify the staff of a position. When faculty are seeking a student for a GSRship, the call goes out to the History Graduate Student listserv. The staff then forward the names of the students interested in the GSRship to the faculty member, who decides whom to hire.

Summer Session: See Academic Year Hiring Practice above.

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.

Hiring Practice

Academic Year: The Department of History rarely has opportunities for Associate-Ins during the academic year. Usually, opportunities arise out of a need to fill holes in the undergraduate course offerings due to faculty sabbaticals or leaves. When opportunities do come up, positions are offered to sixth or seventh year History students. Final placement decisions are made by the Department Chair in consultation with the student’s advisor and senate faculty leadership.

Summer Session: The Department of History sends out a call for Summer Session course proposals to faculty and graduate students in early fall (mid-October) quarter. Students who will have advanced to candidacy by spring quarter are eligible to apply for Associate-In positions. Priority is given to students who have not had the opportunity to teach their own class before. Final placement decisions are made by Summer Session in consultation with the Department Chair, the student’s advisor, and senate faculty leadership.

Summer 2021 proposal submission deadline was November 2, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my first paycheck?

Academic Student Employment (ASE) positions are paid on a monthly basis. Paychecks are disbursed at the end of each pay period, usually on or around the first of the month . Specific pay dates for each calendar year are published on Blink at the link below.

Payroll Calendars: https://blink.ucsd.edu/finance/payroll/calendars.html

Note to Second Years: In the fall quarter, students receive their first paycheck on or close to November 1st.

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): UCPath Self Service Portal, in the left hand column click Employee Actions>Income and Taxes>Direct Deposit, and add your account information.

New Hires: While new employees should be able to access the UCPath Portal as soon as an Empl ID has been issued, they will not be able to submit benefit enrollments, W-4, Direct Deposits, etc., until their Hire Date (effective date of job).

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

Where can I see records of my pay?

At Your Service Online (AYSO) allows you to see your salary from any forms of on-campus employment and lists your employee ID number.  

AYSO does not list stipend payments, but grad students can go to the Grad Student Portal to view/verify their stipend payments and funding awards.  The link is on the following site (towards bottom of page): https://grad.ucsd.edu/academics/index.html

Where can I find my employee ID number?

At Your Service Online (AYSO) allows you to see your salary from any forms of on-campus employment and lists your employee ID number.  

 

Can the department update VISA information for me in UCPath?

No.  Only the employee (you) can update withholding and VISA information and that update must be done online through the GLACIER system.  When the update is complete, GLACIER generates forms that must be signed by the employee (you) and submitted, along with copies of required immigration documents, to CCP (Central Core Payroll).  Once received and verified, the GLACIER information is integrated into UCPath via a nightly batch file. There is one exception, when an employee becomes a permanent resident.  In that case a manual update by UCPC is required. This is because once the Glacier record is updated to Permanent Resident, the record closes and the information does not feed into the nightly Glacier update to UCPath. 

Follow this link to employee instructions for completing Glacier update: https://blink.ucsd.edu/finance/payroll/foreign/administrative/ealn.html