Teaching Assistantships in the Linguistics Department

The UCLA Department of Linguistics sometimes has TAships available for graduate students outside the department, particularly for Linguistics 1 and other lower-division courses.  Linguistics TAships are typically 50% time effort; positions come with automatic fee remission benefits (which covers quarterly registration fees).

Interested students in all linguistics-related graduate programs at UCLA are encouraged to apply.

The selection criteria are:

Evidence of sufficient knowledge of linguistics (including completion of basic linguistics courses)

Evidence of expertise and talent in teaching, particularly of beginning undergraduate students (any high school teaching experience should also be mentioned).

Applicants must meet UCLA’s TA eligibility requirements:

(1)    Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

(2)    No more than 12 quarters of overall TA employment

(3)    Enrollment in at least 12 units in the quarter in which you TA

(4)    International and permanent resident graduate students whose first language is not English must pass the campus administered Test of Oral Proficiency [TOP] with a score of 7.1 or greater. (prior to applying for a Linguistics TAship)

For more information about UCLA’s TA policies, see the Graduate Division’s Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual.


Applicants should email linguist@humnet.ucla.edu

The body of the email should include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s background, experiences, and interests. The email itself should include the following attachments:

  • applicant’s CV
  • a list of linguistics courses taken
  • applicant’s graduate school transcripts (non-official transcripts are acceptable)
  • Evaluation forms or summaries from previous teaching experience (optional)
  • Letters of recommendation from former students, your own teachers, professors for who you have TA’d, or others qualified to judge your teaching (optional)

If you have any questions regarding these Teaching Assistant positions or how to apply for them, please feel free to contact the Linguistics Department’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer.