Teaching Assistant Information Union (SAGE/UAW): As a graduate Teaching Assistant, you belong to a union, UAW. For more information on your contract and rights, please refer to: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/
Advance TA Loan: If a student has a teaching assistantship, he/she is eligible to get an advance loan interest-free, with the understanding that the repayment will be made by automatic payroll deduction. One-half of the loan will be deducted from the second TA paycheck and the remaining half from the third TA paycheck of the quarter.
Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP Exam): http://oid.ucla.edu/training/top Students who plan to work as a teaching assistant (TA) at UCLA and are non-native English speaking international students must take and pass the TOP before working as a TA in any department at UCLA. Only non-citizens are considered international students. No alternatives to TOP are accepted. This means for example that Permanent Residents and students who earned undergraduate or graduate degrees in the US must take the exam. If you question why, or whether you really need to take the TOP Exam (I learned five languages growing up, one of which was English…or…I’m from Canada, where English is one of the official languages of the country. That sort of thing), you need the TOP Exam people to tell you that you do not need to take the exam…and you need them to send that statement to you in writing, so that you can forward it to the appropriate TA hiring department when asked to do so. In the case of such questions, please contact the TOP Exam Coordinators at email@example.com ….but only if there is a question as to whether or not you are required to take this exam.
Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF)
Office of Instructional Development 70 Powell Library (310) 206-8998
http://www.oid.ucla.edu/training/cutf The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) was initiated to provide a mechanism for UCLA’s finest advanced graduate students to develop and teach lower division seminars in their area of expertise. These unique courses cover all areas, from the social sciences and humanities to the life and physical sciences. General Education and Honors credits are granted for most seminars. These seminars are offered in Winter and Spring Quarters only (please consult the Schedule of Classes). Enrollment is limited.