The Contract Enforcement/Grievance (CEG) team has compiled answers to the questions they hear most often about major provisions in our contract. Click on any question below to view the answer. Contact CEG to ask other questions and discuss how to proceed on your issue (firstname.lastname@example.org for tenured and tenure-track faculty; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for NTTs and grad workers).
I’m a full-time PhD student, and I’m interested in teaching during the academic year. Am I qualified for a Teaching/Graduate Assistantship?
Prior to a PhD student’s admission to candidacy or through the completion of the fifth year of the doctoral program, whichever is sooner, full-time PhD students who are offered a teaching assignment are eligible and will only be appointed as Teaching/Graduate Assistants.
What is the difference between an academic-year and calendar-year TA/GAship?
The term of the work year for TA/GAs with academic-year appointments runs from August 25 through commencement, or an equivalent period. The term of the work year for TA/GAs with calendar-year appointments is the entire year, with the exception of one month of vacation. Calendar-year TA/GAs are entitled to a higher minimum salary because the duration of the appointment is longer than an academic-year appointment.
How many hours per week are TA/GAs generally expected to work?
Although weekly workload can and will fluctuate during the term of an appointment, TA/GAs are expected to work no more than fifteen hours per week on average on specifically assigned duties related to the appointment.
When will I be made aware of the status of my reappointment?
All currently employed TA/GAs must be notified by the University in writing of their status for the coming academic year on or before April 30 for Fall semester appointments and October 31 for Spring semester appointments.
What should I do if I receive notification of waiting-list status or non-reappointment?
Contact a staff member of the Union’s Contract Enforcement/Grievance team to discuss your options.