Structural Engineering

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Teaching Assistant and Reader Positions

Instructional Assistant (IA) Positions

  • Positions are very competitive and not all applicants will be offered a position.
  • You should not start preparing to be a IA for a course until you have received an official appointment letter from the department and accepted the position. 
  • The IA application is for submitting requests only. There is no guarantee that you will be given a IA position or that you will be assigned to IA one of your preferred courses. 
  • Academic Student Employment (ASE) titles & duties are listed here.  

FALL 2023- Application for Fall 2023 IA positions will open on Thursday, March 30th, 2023:
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Priority considerations will be made for those submitted by Friday, July 10th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

WINTER 2024- Application for Winter 2024 IA positions is open from Monday, April 3rd, 2023:
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Priority considerations will be made for those submitted by Monday, October 9th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

SPRING 2024- Application for Spring 2024 IA positions is open from Monday, April 3rd, 2023:
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Priority considerations will be made for those submitted by Friday, January 12th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

SUMMER 2023- Application for Summer 2023 IA positions will open at a later date.
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Priority considerations will be made for those submitted by Friday, May 12th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Teaching Assistant:  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 and by grading assignments and examinations.

Qualifications: Structural Engineering Graduate Student currently enrolled as a UCSD full-time (12 units), or enrolled as a full time UCSD Graduate Student (12 units or more) and hold a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering. Students must also be in good academic standing. You must remain enrolled in at least 12 units all of the quarter to be hired as a 50% TA. You must be enrolled in at least 6 units to be hired as a 25% TA. Per Graduate Division Policy  Graduate Student currently enrolled as a UCSD full-time (12 units) or Undergraduate Student currently enrolled as a UCSD full-time student with junior or senior standing in the major; 3.0 grade-point average and must have taken and received at least a “B” grade in the course or equivalent.

Reader:  Readers assist a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams and may also hold office hours to answer students’ questions about such assignments. The Structural Engineering Department hires readers (Job Code: 2850). Readers are paid biweekly and must submit timesheets. 

Approx. Pay Rate

The Student Academic Title Pay Rates are as follows:

  • Teaching Assistant @ 25% (10 hrs/week): $1,292/month
  • Teaching Assistant @ 50% (20 hrs/week): $2,583/month

Teaching Assistants working 25% or more will receive a partial fee remission. In addition to the salary, 25% and 50% Graduate TAs/Readers receive partial tuition and fee remission that covers most Tuition and Fees. The partial fee remission pays the health insurance fee for UCSD's Health Insurance Plan also know as UC SHIP. UC SHIP includes medical, dental, and vision insurance. All graduate Readers are required to work 110 hours per quarter to receive a partial fee waiver from the University.

After the remission, MS TA/Reader fees are projected to be $237.17. The fee remission does NOT pay the University Center Fee, the Recreation Facility Fee, the GSA Fee, or the Student Transportation Fee for MS TAs. These fees total approximately $237.17 and are the responsibility of the student to pay. This policy does not apply to SE PhD students. Students classified by UC San Diego as nonresidents must also pay nonresident supplemental tuition of $5,034/quarter. All rates are subject to change. For more information click here.  

English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants (TA)

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

1. Have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 26-30; Have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 8-9; Have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 84-90 OR 2. Be an international graduate student who serve as language assistants in courses conducted in their native language.

Students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23-25, IELTS speaking scores of 7-7.5, or PTE speaking scores of 66-83 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam (ELCE) (administered by the UCSD Teaching + Learning Commons). 

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 may acquire the required English language proficiency skills via courses offered in the English Language Institute  and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program.


Other Information: 

Students may not be a IA for courses in which they are enrolled.

If you are applying for other campus employment (i.e. you think a faculty may support you on research funding, or you applied to IA in more than one department), please remember that your total UCSD employment may not exceed 50% FTE.

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