TA, Reader, & Tutor Positions

Thank you for your interest in an academic student employee (teaching assistant, reader, or tutor) position at the School of Information.

These positions are subject to the I School having sufficient financial resources and the courses meeting enrollment minimums.

Spring 2024

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2024 INFO, DATASCI, and CYBER positions. Please review important dates and eligibility restrictions for these positions below.

Data Science (DATASCI) and Cybersecurity (CYBER) courses follow the MIDS & MICS program academic calendar. Data Science and Cybersecurity courses are online; readers and tutors hired in those programs do not need to be physically in Berkeley, but do need to be physically located in the United States and eligible to work in the United States (see below).

Information (INFO) courses follow the UC Berkeley academic calendar. Unless stated on the application, all Information courses are in-person held on the UC Berkeley campus; TAs, readers, and tutors hired in this program need to be physically located in Berkeley for in-person employment and eligible to work in the United States (see below).

Positions less than 25% (10 hours per week) do not include fee remission.

Hiring Eligibility

The University of California expects employees to conduct work within the United States and employees must be eligible to work in the United States. This applies to both in-person and remote work. Applicants are encouraged to review those requirements before applying to these positions.

Non-student Applicants

Non-students, including alumni, are eligible for reader and tutor positions. Only current graduate students may work as Teaching Assistants (TAs) (formerly GSIs). Non-students, including alumni, may apply for positions by email. Please email student-hiring@ischool.berkeley.edu; include your resume as an attachment and indicate in the email which position(s) you are interested in.

Position Descriptions

Teaching Assistants (TAs) (formerly GSIs) may lead discussion or laboratory sections, hold office hours, read student papers, and more, under the active supervision of a faculty member. They may also assist with planning assignments or exams or grading. See full description

Readers typically grade student assignments, papers, and/or exams. They may also attend lectures, hold office hours, or have other duties. Readers do not teach. See full description

Tutors typically provide individual or group tutoring sessions. They may also attend lectures, hold office hours, or have other duties. Tutors do not teach. See full description

Wage Information

Pay for academic student employee positions depends on appointment title (TA, reader, or tutor) and appointment percentage. For current pay rates and job classifications, see http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/labor/contracts/BX/current-rates.

Reporting your hours:

  • Readers and tutors may be paid as variable-time employees and must document the hours and minutes worked. If time sheets are not submitted, the student will not get paid. Timesheets are due and readers and tutors are paid biweekly. (Timekeeping app instructions)
  • TAs and GSRs are exempt employees and receive a fixed monthly salary based on a predetermined time percentage. Salaries are paid on the first of the month.

For students hired as TAs:
First-time TAs must have completed or be enrolled in a 300-level pedagogy seminar, complete an online professional standards and ethics course, and attend the 1- or 2-day teaching conference before the start of the semester. First-time TAs who fail to pass the 300-level course must retake and pass the course before they are eligible to teach again. Requirements for first-time TAs. More TA policies and guidelines. Note: This does not apply to positions classified as tutors or readers.

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The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, and any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal laws.

Last updated:

November 6, 2023