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Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant Handbook

This publication provides an overview of Arizona State University policies and support services pertinent to teaching and research assistants and associates. It is designed as a resource for graduate students, their academic units and other appointing units on campus. It includes information related to:

  • conditions of appointment
  • types of appointment (TA/RA)
  • benefits
  • university policies

The teaching and research assistant/associate role is an important one to the ASU community. It provides graduate students with professional development opportunities that are unique to academia while also supporting the university’s teaching, research, and service missions.

While many of the general policies and expectations also apply to graduate service assistants and graduate interns, GSAs and interns are not bound by the same eligibility requirements as TAs and RAs and do not receive the same benefits as TA­s and RAs (e.g., tuition remission).

This handbook describes the general roles and responsibilities of TAs and RAs as well as policies regarding their supervision and evaluation. The appointing unit is responsible for notifying each student of additional expectations.

TA/RA Policy and Procedures Handbook PDF
(revised August 2017)