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Population Biology Graduate Group

Department of Evolution & Ecology Teaching Assistantships and Reader Positons

Application Deadlines:

Academic Year




AY 2015-2016

Priority Deadline for AY 2015 - 2016



Standard Deadline: Applications received after 03/31/2015 will be considered on an as needed basis.


EVE Application Process

  • EVE Application Deadlines:The priority deadline for AY15-16 is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Applications received after March 31st, will be reviewed on an as needed basis.
  • How to Apply/Required Documents:
  1. Application: (MS Word). Print the application one-sided.
  2. GRE scores and TOEFL, IELTS, Speak tests (if applicable). Photocopies are acceptable. Ask your graduate coordinator for copies if you do not have copies. (These would have been submitted with your graduate admission application.) International Students: Please see Page 3 of the application for further information regarding TOEFL, IELTS and Speak tests.
  3. Transcripts: Submit one set of transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended (other than UC Davis). Photocopies are accepted. See your graduate coordinator for copies of your transcripts if you do not have copies. NOTE: Please request an unofficial UCD transcript from your graduate coordinator. DO NOT submit transcripts from SISWEB.
  4. Teaching Evaluations (if applicable): A limited sampling of previous teaching evaluations - no more than three.
  5. Advancement to Candidacy Form (if applicable): A photocopy is acceptable.
  6. Submit the completed packet to:
    Department of Evolution and Ecology
    TA Selection Committee
    University of California Davis
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616

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Key Points Defined

  • Teaching Assistant (TA):
    May be appointed up to 50% employment (20 hours per week) during academic quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Duties vary, but may include running lab or discussion sections, holding office hours, and grading papers and exams. The minimum GPA requirement to hold a TA appointment is 3.00. Graduate students may be appointed to a maximum of 9 quarters in one or a combination of academic titles (e.g. TA, GSR(RA), or Reader) prior to advancement to candidacy; after advancement, students may be appointed to academic titles for an additional 6 quarters without an exception request. Summer appointments are excluded from these limits. In every quarter except Summer, appointment as a TA alone, or in combination with other University employment, may not exceed 50%. TAs receive a stipend (income) as well as an in-state fee remission.
  • Reader:
    Most Reader positions are 25% employment (10 hours per week). This position is sporadically demanding, but the hours tend to be more flexible than a TAship. However, when called to grade exams, you will be expected to turn the material around pursuant to the instructor’s request. The minimum GPA requirement to hold a Readership appointment is 3.00. Graduate students may be appointed a maximum of 9 quarters in one or a combination of academic titles (e.g. TA, GSR(RA), or Reader) prior to Advancement to Candidacy. Back to top


Fee Remission and Salary Scale

  • Fee Remission: To be eligible for fee remission, the position must be 25% time or more. All in-state fees except local fees are covered as a benefit of TA or Readership employment of 25% time or more. Fee remission information can be found on the Budget and Institutional Analysis web site: Current Student Fees.
  • Salary information: Teaching Assistant and Reader pay scales are regulated by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union contract. TAs are paid a set monthly stipend. Readers are paid hourly. The current pay scales for these positions are available on the Graduate Studies web site: Current UAW Salary Scales.
  • UAW Contract: TAs and Readers are covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Please refer to the University of California Office of President web site for details: UAW Contract (BX). Back to top.



College of Biological Sciences Teaching Assistant Application: To apply to more than one Department within the College of Biological Sciences, you must submit a separate applications to each department. Be sure to follow each department's instructions and requirements for supplemental information (if applicable).

An offer of a teaching assistantship or readership represents a commitment to you on the part of our department and faculty. We urge you to reciprocate by honoring the commitment you make to us when you agree to take the teaching assistant or reader position.

For more information regarding TA and Reader appointments in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, contact Graduate Coordinator.