EVE Teaching Assistant Application

Teaching Assistant/Reader Application, Department of Evolution and Ecology



Please carefully read all of the information below to apply for a teaching assistant or reader position with the Department of Evolution and Ecology.  The Department of Evolution and Ecology administers all EVE, and BIS 2B courses.

Application Deadlines for the Academic Year 2021-2022:

     Priority Deadline is March 31, 2021.

     Standard Deadline:  You are welcome to submit an application after the March 31, 2021, primary deadline.  Applications received after 3/31/21 will be considered on an as needed basis.

EVE Application Process

  • EVE Application Deadlines: The priority deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Applications received after March 31st, will be reviewed and considered on an as needed basis.
  • How to Apply/Required Documents:
  1. Application:  Complete the EVE TA Application via fillable PDF or Word.
  2. TOEFL, IELTS, Speak or TOEP tests (if applicable):  For International students:  Oral proficiency in English must be demonstrated by meeting one or more of the following requirements: Achieving a minimum score of 26 on the speaking subset of the TOEFL iBT; Achieving a minimum score of 8 on the speaking subset of the IELTS; Achieving a “Pass” on the TOEP.  There can be no exceptions to this campus requirement. Requirements are here: https://iae.ucdavis.edu/graduate/qualify.  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.)
  3. Transcripts: Submit transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended. Additionally, submit your UC Davis graduate transcript. If you do not have copies, you may obtain your UC Davis transcript in the following manner, and both the 'official' and 'unofficial' transcript versions are acceptable: Log in to MyUCDavis; choose the "Academics" tab ; click on Student Records; and choose either the "Unofficial Transcript" or the "Official Transcript" link - your choice. (The Official Transcript takes you to a third party vendor where you can choose to have that transcript emailed to you.) Please DO NOT submit transcripts from SISWEB/Schedule builder.
  4. Teaching Evaluations (if applicable): A limited sampling of previous teaching evaluation summaries - no more than three. (Specifically... No more than three evaluation summaries is preferred.)
  5. Advancement to Candidacy Form (if applicable)
  6. Your List of Courses (a list of courses from those we are offering that you feel qualified to teach with a very brief statement of your qualifications for each particular course - see note under #5. on the Word application itself).

Please submit the completed application and all of the above required documents in the order listed above as a single PDF to smmann@ucdavis.edu by March 31, 2021 for review by the TA Selection Committee.

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 work 15 academic quarters in teaching titles (18 max by exception).  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% or 75%. 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 work 15 academic quarters in teaching titles (18 max by exception).  Summer appointments are not included as quarters for purposes of computing the quarter limits.
  • Graduate student employment:  is outlined in the Graduate Studies Graduate Student Employment Handbook - GS-200, Rev. 4/13; the Academic Personnel Manual - Appendix II-B; and APM 410-17c.Information is also avaialabe on the graduate studies website: https://grad.ucdavis.edu/current-students/employment/student-teaching-research.
    • 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).


College of Biological Sciences Teaching Assistant Application: To apply to more than one Department within the College of Biological Sciences, you must submit separate applications as required. 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.

Last updated: March 9, 2021