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UC San Diego Teaching Assistant Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to improve your teaching skills with the faculty is outstanding. It really allows you to work on your interpersonal skills since you have to deal with students and faculty at the same time. The work is very rewarding ultimately.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work exceeds the allowable work amounts which can get frustrating. If you dont have any connections with a Professor it may be difficult to get hired.


  2. "Varies by Department, Instructor, and Class"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some instructors organize their classes in such a way that makes it easy to do everything.

    It can be a good experience if you're looking to go into teaching or enjoy teaching.

    Typically leaves lots of time to focus on research or your own classes.

    There's a large degree of flexibility in setting office hours and grading schedules. You get some say in choosing which professors you TA for.

    Cons

    Some instructors will overwork you.

    Some students can be annoying.

    Compensation varies by department, but is typically low and not keeping pace with rising rental rates.

    You will have at least some negative student evaluation comments, no matter how good you are. Some of these will be unfair, rude, or derogatory. Student feedback can sometimes be unhelpful.

    Grading is always at least semi-unpleasant.

    Advice to Management

    Push professors to utilize multiple pedagogical methods (like flipped classrooms) would help students learn faster and more effectively. This can be slightly more work for professors, which means it will be unpopular with some of them, but students seemed to learn more and be happier in the classes that weren't just lectures, homework, and exams. Pushing to use online videos and homework systems can also ease the burden for both TAs and professors.

  3. "Beaurocratic"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you get hired, there are no checks, so it's very hard to get fired.

    Cons

    However, it is difficult to get hired for the position you like.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to individual concerns


  4. "Great school"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice lifestyle

    Cons

    High living cost and bad transit

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. "Get a TA gig if you can"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    teaching is easy, it pays very well, and your hours are flexible

    Cons

    grading is a drag and it's most of the job


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Pays tuition fees AND a salary, so it's a lot of value at 20 hrs/week.
    - Casually professional environment
    - Colleagues are very supportive. It is easy to ask somebody to cover for you if you are sick or can't do a section. Of course, you are expected to cover for somebody in return, but it feels good to help somebody out.
    - It's rewarding to see students grow and get better at what they're doing.

    Cons

    - Given the very first point of it covering the tuition fees, it's really hard to focus on the cons. Perhaps it might be sometimes unpleasant to receive negative feedback from certain students, but it's supposed to happen and you can turn it around and use it to improve your work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to applicants with non-typical background. They may be great at teaching, too, but your staff just ignores them at the very first stage, which cuts off a lot of people who are sometimes more talented than the hired ones.


  7. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at UC San Diego (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great professors, Competitive pay rate

    Cons

    can get stressful, long hours

  8. "TA"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time

    Pros

    learning a lot of new stuff. faculties i have met are nice people. Students are very talented and intelligent people.
    If they give you full health benefits, that's nice.

    Cons

    The pay is low, esp compared to the living costs around. The money are paid to the administrators, and depending on who you meet, will be earning way more than you and be incredibly unhelpful

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice i'd give to the management. They will not listen anyway, because they are such a big corporation. The Union are doing something good...


  9. "conflicted"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    TA work is fun and a very gratifying part of graduate school. There are teaching awards for the highest performers, but more structured mentorship of grad students in teaching roles would be a win win.

    Cons

    Not the easiest place to get rich. Can be difficult to connect with students in certain majors, as motivation varies considerably, even in advanced classes

    Advice to Management

    Good teaching is how we serve California, and a broader focus on ensuring high quality teaching could be an enhancement for many graduate students


  10. "Teaching Assistant Experience Review"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's really a nice experience to work at UC San Diego. The professors are nice to work with and the work load is just fine.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is good, but the grading work is not an interesting part of being a teaching assistant.