Teaching Assistants

Graduate students have opportunities to engage as Teaching Assistants on departmental courses, including undergraduate and graduate level courses. TA positions in Duke Statistics require 12-15 hours per week on average. During some weeks, the workload may be higher (after exams) or lower so please coordinate with your instructor about the course's schedule and plan in advance.  If your work load is consistently higher that 12-15 hours please talk to the instructor, (or your advisor, the DUS or DGS if you are uncomfortable talking to the instructor). The instructor may have advise on how to use your time more effectively or suggest that the workload be reduced.

Teaching Requirement

All students have opportunities to act as full-time Teaching Assistants on undergraduate courses during their years of study. You are also required to engage as TA on graduate courses in each of years 3+ of Ph.D. studies. This provides you with experience on different graduate courses, as well as collaborative and mentoring experiences working with other TAs. Specifically:

  • In each of years 3+ of studies, each Ph.D. student acts as a half-time TA (at most 6 hours per week) for one STA graduate level course in either Fall or Spring semester. Each student receives a modest stipend supplement in the semester chosen for this part-time TA activity, on top of their existing support from other sources. This applies to all year 3+ students on grant/RA support, on fellowships (unless explicitly prohibited under the terms of the fellowship), or supported from other sources.
  • In any one academic year, a year 3+ student who is a full-time TA on STA courses in each of the two semesters is exempt from the above that year.
  • A year 3+ student who is full-time TA (for either one or both semesters) will be given priority to be assigned to a graduate course if available for one semester. In such as case, the full-time TA on a graduate course may be used to count as satisfying the requirement in this year (but will not then carry the stipend supplement).
  • A student who plans to defend in Fall semester will be exempt from the requirement in that final  year.

TA Evaluation

Continuation of funding is contingent on good TA performance. Student and faculty evaluations of TAs will occur at the end of each semester. Excellent TA evaluations can provide the basis for future recommendation letters from faculty. TAs will be able to review their evaluations at the end of each semester.