Teaching Assistant Application

General Information

The Teaching Assistant (TA) application filing period for WINTER 2015 is OPEN
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014
Application: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/ASES/Apply.aspx?cid=1046
Note: Current TAs must re-apply for the upcoming quarter's TA position to be considered. Hiring TAs is based on enrollments in CHIN courses and the budget provided the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Application filing period for WINTER 2015 positions can be accessed online until December 1, 2014.  The Chinese Studies Program Office kindly requests that applicants refrain from calling or emailing the Chinese Studies Office to inquire about application results. Of course a prospective TA may email questions if he or she cannot find the information in Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants will be contacted in December regarding the Winter 2015 TA Application results.  All correspondence will be delivered to the applicants' official university email addresses (@ucsd.edu email accounts). 

To avoid delay(s) in the application process, all applicants must be aware of the instructions and requirements listed below when completing applications. 

Please check back during the winter quarter for upcoming Spring 2015 TA Applications. 

Application / UCSD Student ID Requirement

The Chinese Studies Program uses an online application in the selection process for the Chinese Language Teaching Assistant positions.

All applicants must have their UCSD Student ID # (Example: A50012345) & Triton Student Link password to access the application.

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Candidate Requirements

  1. Matriculation as a UCSD graduate student. 
  2. Applicants must maintain strong academic standing.  The Chinese Studies Program will request permission to hire TAs from their home department. 
  3. Native Mandarin Chinese speakers who can read and write clearly in both Traditional & Simplified characters. 
  4. Experience as a Chinese language instructor is a requirement. The Chinese Studies Program will contact your former employer(s) to confirm your previous work experience.
Additional Requirements

TAs are hired as supplemental instructors of Chinese language learning students and need to be able to teach at various levels of backgrounds and abilities. TAs must be available to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to attend and lead assigned section(s) as well as proceed with other various TA tasks without reservation. TA schedules' must be flexible  to attend corresponding lectures that occur on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Attendance to TA Orientation meetings, section(s), weekly and wrap-up meetings is compulsory. 

TAs are constantly supervised for quality and effectiveness by lecturers. The efforts of the student are pivotal in the grade that is earned by the TA and the potential to be rehired. Appropriate behavior in with students, staff and instructors is essential. Missing compulsory meetings, office hours, sections and/or weekly meetings are grounds for dismissal and will effect rehiring decisions.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. This opportunity is for qualified graduate students to apply for any open Chinese language Teaching Assistant when the position(s) becomes available. Employment as a TA is based on available funding, the need for TAs to teach section(s) and the need to fill TA vacancies.

ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter for the position. 

Carefully read & follow the instructions on the online application.

The Selection Committee will be reviewing dozens of competitive & qualified applications. To enhance your chances of being selected; you will need to submit complete, clear, error free, impressive & accurate application materials on or before the deadline.

  • The Chinese Studies Program kindly requests all applicants to REFRAIN FROM calling or sending e-mail inquiries regarding the status or results of your application.
  • The online application allows UCSD graduate students to instantly submit a majority of their application for any Chinese language Teaching Assistant position that may be available. It is best to prepare your information to complete steps 1 through 6 mentioned below.
Prepare the following materials so that you may upload or include in this application:

  1. Answer the questions in this application.
  2. Upload your CV to the application. This information should be in English. It must detail the language teaching background that the applicant has. 
  3. Your handwritten autobiography in Chinese characters. Ensure that your handwriting is clear and easy to see.  Applicants may use Traditional or Simplified character. TAs are required to be able read, write and correct both.
  4. SCAN your hand printed document and UPLOAD it via PDF to the online application.
  5. RECORD yourself speaking for a minimum of 3 minutes onto a CD or thumb drive. You are using this opportunity to introduce yourself in Mandarin to the Selection Committee. Do NOT read from texts and AVOID background music or noise in your recording. Speak loud and clearly. Save this recording on a CD and ensure that the CD works well on a PC computer and CD player. Write your full name with a permanent marker on the CD.
  6. You will be sending or delivering the CD along with the CHIN TA Application Confirmation Page to the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD. You will be able to print the Confirmation Page once you complete the online application.
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For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please access the TA FAQ page or click here

Teaching Assistant Application

  Winter 2015 Application Filing


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