The Office of Graduate Education

TA/RA Resources

TA RA Orientation Information - Fall 2019

Fall 2019 - ALL NEW TA’s & RA’s
Date/Time: Friday, August 16th, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SSA Theatre

As part of the mandatory TA/RA orientation, you will:

  • Complete employee training as required by UTD and the state law.
  • Learn about University-level teaching and course management.
  • Learn about University resources available to you.

School Orientation for TA’s


Teaching Assistants should go to the following locations for the school-based portion of the Orientation program.

  • Arts & Humanities - August 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in JO4.122
  • Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication - August 12-16 in ATEC 2.602. See ATEC for time and details.
  • Brain & Behavioral Sciences – information to be given during Pro-SEM class (HCS 6302)
  • EPPS - August 15, 2:00pm - 5:00pm in GR2.326
  • Engineering & Computer Science:
    • Biomedical Engineering - August 15, 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 - 2:00pm in BSB 11.102E
    • Computer Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/Telecommunications Engineering- August 12, 9:30am - 2:30pm in ECSW 1.315
    • Computer Science/Software Engineering- See department for details.
    • Mechanical Engineering - None
    • Materials Science and Engineering - None
    • Systems Engineering and Management - None
  • Management - August 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm - JSOM Auditorium (1st Floor)
  • Natural Science & Mathematics:
    • Biology - August 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in BSB 12.102J
    • Chemistry - August 9, 8:30am in SLC 2.303
    • Geosciences - August 15, 1:00 - 1:30pm in ROC 2.103
    • Mathematics - August 15, 9:00-10:30 am in JO 3.516
    • Physics - August 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am in PHY 1.606
    • Science/Math Education - August 16, 10:00 – 12:00 pm in FN 3.308R

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA’s) and Research Assistantships (RA’s) are different types of graduate assistantships offered to students as a means to receive the financial support necessary to commit to their academic programs. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours (in the long semester) and must be in good academic standing each semester they are appointed. TA and RA appointments are meant to provide students with invaluable experiences in teaching, research and other scholarly activities as well as allowing students to engage in an optimal full-time graduate school experience.

Teaching Assistants:

Graduate Student TA’s are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week to help meet the instructional needs of the university. The Graduate TA, under the direction of an assigned faculty member, will aid in the teaching of one or more courses. TA’s are paid from departmental funds, appointments and reappointments are subject to several factors and are on a semester-by-semester basis.

Research Assistants:

Graduate Student RA’s are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week and are focused on assisting the research efforts of their faculty mentor in a way that relates to the student’s educational objectives. Research Assistants are typically paid from individual research awards or from externally funded contracts and grants. The Principal Investigator of the award will direct and supervise the RA’s research activities. Appointments and reappointments are subject to several factors and are on a semester-by- semester basis.

As new TAs and RAs, students take on multiple roles in the university. First, as employees, they are responsible for issues such as compliance, rules of conduct, regulation, and appropriate human resource procedures. Second, as new graduate students, learning about available resources can assist in the challenges of juggling the work of teaching and research with the demands of graduate school. Finally, in new professional roles of teachers and researchers, graduate students will learn about dealing with students, structuring learning experiences, cultural issues in a multi-cultured university, and faculty expectations of TAs/RAs.

If you are interested in obtaining a Teaching or Research Assistantship, contact your school’s program head. For more information see TA/RA responsibilities and policies, and the graduate catalog.

Other Resources

Explore the links below for various internal and external resources related to teaching and research: