TA Assignments, Responsibilities, and Pay Rates
An apprentice appointment is for 13 weeks, which includes the week before the quarter, 10 weeks of the quarter, finals week, and the week after finals. If you have a 50% appointment you should work no more than 20 hours per week (10 hours per week for 25%) during this period. Obviously, a teaching assistant’s responsibilities are not always the same from week-to-week, so some weeks you may work fewer hours and other weeks you may work more. However you should work no more than 220 hours during a one-quarter TA appointment.
The 20 hours per week of a 50% appointment are intended to include time spent in preparation, teaching, office hours, reading, grading, attending lectures by the faculty member in charge of the course, and any other course-related work, such as responding to student emails or holding electronic office hours. If circumstances require you temporarily to work at a combination of academic appointments totaling more than 50% time, you must have your department petition the graduate division for an exception (go to http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/ for more information). In no circumstance is a graduate student permitted to hold academic appointments totaling more than 75% time.