Guide for Prospective ASEs (Academic Student Employees)

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Apply for Fall 2024

Applications for Fall 2024 are now open.

The priority deadline is May 8, 2024.

Students must apply directly through the EECS Department’s ASE application system to be considered for a position. Only official ASE appointments offered by the department and finalized by ERSO will count towards the teaching requirement. Verbal or email offers from the hiring faculty or staff are not considered official offers.

If you are interested in applying for an ASE position for a Data Science course, please visit the Joining Data Course Staff web page. Contact ds-ase@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about ASE positions for Data Science courses.

Apply for Summer Sessions 2024

Applications for Summer Sessions 2024 are now open.

Students interested in an EECS ASE appointment must apply by March 27, 2024. If you are interested in applying for an ASE position for a Data Science course, please visit the Joining Data Course Staff web page. Contact ds-ase@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about ASE positions for Data Science courses.

Please note that some courses may require applicants to submit a supplemental form (linked below) in addition to this application:

CS 10

CS 61A

CS 61B

CS 61C

CS 160

CS 161

CS 188

Applications and Deadlines

Students apply to all GSI (TA), UCS2, Reader, and UCS1 positions through one universal application. If you wish to apply to additional positions, you may edit your previously submitted application. You do not need to submit a new application for every position. Please note that effective Fall 2023, EECS does not hire UGSIs. Undergraduate students may be considered for UCS2, Reader, and UCS1 appointments.

Please note that EECS policy permits students to hold one departmental ASE appointment per semester.

Requirements for First-Time TAs (GSIs) and UCS2s

All first-time GSIs (TAs) and UCS2s (including appointments in fall and spring semesters and during Summer Sessions) must fulfill the following requirements which are overseen by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center:

This year, a Summer Teaching Conference will be held synchronously via Zoom on Monday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please choose only one session.

As part of the conference, two additional hours of asynchronous preparation will be required: one prior to the conference and another before GSIs (TAs) and UCS2s begin teaching. These and other helpful resources will be available on the Summer GSI Teaching Conference’s bCourses site. Information on enrolling in the bCourses site can be found in the Summer GSI Teaching Conference registration instructions.

Pre-registration for the conference is required and should be completed by Monday, June 3.

UCS2 Partial Fee Remission Information

During the academic year, EECS UCS2s (Undergraduate Course Staff 2’s) are eligible for a partial fee remission based on the appointment percentage of the value of the full fee remission guaranteed under Article 11 – Fee Remission of the UAW 2865 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

UCS2 Fee Remission Structure

Appointment PercentageFee Remission Percentage
Above 30%100%

Upcoming Events

In accordance with campus-wide policies pertaining to Academic Student Employees (ASEs), all first-time EECS GSIs (TAs) as well as Undergraduate Course Staff must attend the following events before interacting with students in-person or online in their role as an ASE. UCS2s are also required to complete the GSI Professional Standards & Ethics Online Course as specified below.

As an ASE, it is your responsibility to stay informed about your rights, protections, and benefits as an ASE under the UC-UAW 2865 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which represents GSIs (TAs), UCS2s, readers, and UCS1s.

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GSI (TA) Selection Process

Staff GSI Coordinators will be responsible for all GSI (TA) and UCS2 hiring. Official offers will be issued from the staff coordinators—offers from faculty or course staff are not official. After faculty requests have been fulfilled, the search begins to assign students to classes without faculty requests.

First Priority

EECS graduate students have the highest priority. Among them, students with guaranteed GSI (TA) appointments are granted first priority, followed by students who must fulfill the teaching requirement for the PhD program. Other candidates with priority include EECS graduate students with demonstrated financial support, as well as candidates requested by faculty.

Second Priority

Graduate students from other departments.

Third Priority

Undergraduates. Having taken the very courses they will teach, our own undergraduates are quite often excellent course staff.

Non-Native English Speaker GSI (TA)/ UCS2 English Proficiency Requirement

All prospective GSIs (TAs)/ UCS2s who do not speak English as a native language must pass a spoken English proficiency test before they may serve as UCS2s. Candidates who hold a B.A., B.S., or other Bachelor’s level degree from an institution in the United States are exempt from this policy. The policy applies to all prospective GSIs (TAs)/ UCS2s, regardless of citizenship, country of origin, residency status, or subject taught. Those who do not speak English as a native language may satisfy this requirement by passing a language test on the Berkeley campus.

A passing score on one of these tests must be obtained before candidates may be appointed as GSIs (TAs)/ UCS2s.

To determine if you have satisfied the English Language Requirement, you can take the English Language Proficiency Questionnaire.


EECS GSI (TA) Opportunities

For questions or concerns regarding GSI (TA) appointments, please contact the Graduate Support Team at gsicoordinators@eecs.berkeley.edu.

General EECS ASE Inquiries

Please contact the EECS ASE Program Team at ase-program@eecs.berkeley.edu.

Academic Intern Appointments

More information about Academic Intern opportunities will be shared in the months prior to Fall 2024.

For detailed information regarding all Academic Appointments on campus (including requirements, fee remission, etc.), please consult Grad Division Teaching and Research Appointments. To learn more about the ASE hiring process, please see the ASE Program Hiring Pipeline.

Students can also refer to the GSI Teaching and Resource Center as an additional resource for teaching workshops and certifications.