TF and CA Job Description

 

  • What does a Teaching Fellow or Course Assistant do?
    • Note that graduate students are hired as Teaching Fellows (TFs) while undergraduates are hired as Course Assistants (CAs).
    • TFs/CAs teach weekly recitation sections, hold office hours, grade homework, and attend classes. TFs/CAs are also responsible for additional, smaller tasks throughout the semester.
    • Sections and Office Hours: TFs/CAs hold sections and office hours each week to assist students with homework problems and answer questions.
    • Homework: TFs/CAs grade homework for their section during the semester. Typically, students submit one problem set each week. TFs/CAs are expected to grade the assignment and return it to the student at the next section.
    • Classes: TFs/CAs attend the lecture of the course where they are a TF/CA so they can see what is being taught. Attending class may also give the TF/CA an idea of what topics students may be struggling with during the week and in section.  Note: TFs/CAs for Stat 104 will be required to be physically available to attend all lectures (not just view the lecture videos), proctor two in-class exams, which are administered during the regular lecture time, the final exam (time & location TBD by the Registrar’s Office), and attend three exam grading sessions, which immediately follow exams. Currently lectures are scheduled on MWF, 11-12:00.
    • Additional Tasks: TFs/CAs are also expected to be available to help during the semester by doing several other small tasks, such as occasionally writing up homework solution sets, proofreading exams, and helping with review sessions before exams, etc.
  • Who is best suited to be a TF or CA?
    • The TF/CA position is a great job for those who want to get involved with teaching statistics. Being a statistics TF/CA is a terrific experience and a valuable addition to your resume. We are looking for TFs and CAs who are reliable, energetic, and who care about helping other students learn statistics.
    • Prerequisites: a TF/CA must have already taken and passed the course for which they are applying to be a TF/CA (either at Harvard or an equivalent course elsewhere). TF/CA demand is greatest for Stat 104. Most students are also required to have previous experience as a Study Network Facilitator or a Grader.  Note: every first-time CA candidate for Stat 104 normally will be asked to be a SN (Study Network) facilitator or a grader as part of their training to become a CA in the following semester.
    • We expect that all TFs/CAs will meet the requirements listed above so they do not let down the students in their section. Students in the larger statistics classes, particularly,  rely heavily on the work done by the TFs and CAs.
  • What are the typical hours and pay?
    • The duties of a TF/CA typically take between 10-12 hours per week for the first section and an additional 5-7 hours per week for the second section.
    • Graduate students are paid in accordance with GSAS guidelines. For graduate students, pay varies slightly (based on whether you have passed your qualifying exam) but is in the range of $1155.00 per month for the first section, and an additional $924.00 per month for the second section. Students who have passed their qualifying exam receive an additional (approximate) $200.00 per month.
    • Undergraduate students are paid by the hour: $18.00 per hour for Course Assistants and $16.25 per hour for Graders. All time spent attending class, holding sections and office hours, and grading are billable.
  • How do I apply?
    • Submit your completed application and a copy of your transcript to a mailbox in room 400P, in the 400 suite of the Science Center. Applications for STAT 100, 101, 102, 104, and 107 go in Kaitlin Hagan's mailbox. Applications for STAT 110 and 111 go in Anqi Zhao's mailbox. Only hardcopy applications will be accepted; please do not send anything by email.
    • Depending on which courses you are interested in, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate course-head.
    • With one exception (Stat 110, see next bullet point), applications are accepted throughout the year; there is no deadline to submit your application as hiring is done on a rolling basis.
    • The exception to the rolling deadline is for Stat 110. All applications for Stat 110 are due by March 31 of the semester prior to the one for which you are applying.
    • Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.
    • At the interview you may be asked to explain sample problems on statistics concepts relevant to the class you wish to teach. You should also have thought about how you would run your weekly section meeting.
    • Candidates will be notified by email shortly after the interview. Sometimes final decisions may be delayed or changed due to fluctuating enrollment. Those selected will attend a Bok center teaching orientation and a special department training session on micro-teaching.
  • More questions?
    • After reading through this information, please contact us if you still have questions about being a TF or CA
    • For questions about payroll or anything financial, contact Research Portfolio Coordinator, Rhonda Dragon, rdragon@fas.harvard.edu.