Allocation of TA lines

  • Students in the College of Arts and Sciences supported on Graduate-School allocated TA lines must have teaching assignments to receive their stipends. Each department is allocated a certain number of lines. TA lines are for instructional purposes only.
  • Backstopping 1. Additional lines allocated to a department through the Graduate School’s backstopping agreement should be reported to CAS.  These students are expected to receive teaching assignments.
  • Backstopping 2. Conversely, a department which returns unused recruiting lines to the Graduate School should report the reduction to CAS.
  • TA lines funded through special arrangement on the College of Arts and Sciences Supplementary Instructional Budget ("CAS SIB lines") are considered teaching lines, unless otherwise specified.  These students should have teaching assignments.
  • TA lines funded through special agreement with the Honors College ("HON lines") are considered teaching lines, unless otherwise specified.  These students should have teaching assignments.
  • Graduate School, CAS SIB and HON lines are all considered TA lines as opposed to GA lines. Students supported on TA lines are expected to receive teaching assignments.
  • Departments with special non-teaching needs (e.g., editing of journals) should seek special consideration from the Dean to receive GA lines (as opposed to TA lines).
  • Students in the grad Biology programs or BSB program on “Science” lines will need teaching assignments in the Undergraduate Biology Program to receive their stipends.
  • Some students in MSRC teach in CAS programs as directed by their graduate program supervisor in coordination with this office.
  • CAS will not fund any TA lines for students beyond their anticipated years of funding. In the majority of departments that means we will not fund students in the fifth year and beyond. In the remaining departments that means we will not fund students the second year and beyond. In exceptional cases funding for five (two) or more years can be granted but requires approval by the Dean.

The line and voucher system

Prior to Fall 2010, the College used a system of lines and vouchers.  The College has discontinued this program.

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