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Policies regarding employment of
teaching assistants in PsyF/QME

Length of employment and job performance

Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs may be employed up to eight semesters.

Students enrolled in M.A. programs may be employed up to four semesters.

  • Appointments during summer session will not be included in the limits stated above.
  • The limits stated for M.A. and Ph.D. students cannot be cumulated.

The term of a single appointment for graduate students will not exceed one academic year.

The student's degree progress and job performance will be reviewed in making each appointment.

Students appointed to assistantships must notify the program of all University appointments.


The following are the minimum criteria for students appointed to graduate instructor TA positions in PsyF/QME:

  • 3xxx-level courses: B.A. and successful completion of the course or equivalent. Preferred one year in PsyF/QME and TA experience in the course.
  • 5xxx-level courses: Ph.D., ABD, M.A. or master’s equivalent and successful completion of the course or equivalent. (The PsyF/QME criteria for a master’s equivalent is completion of the 30 credits required for the M.A. degree program and completion of the EPSY 5216 and 8216 research courses).
  • 8xxx-level courses: Ph.D. required.


Graduate instructors will be paid at the level I salary rate unless they have taught a course before, assisted in the course or participated in a teacher prep course (e.g., EPsy5271 or the CTLS Preparing Future Faculty Course). After having taught or assisted in the course or participating in a teacher prep course, graduate instructors will be paid at the level III salary rate.

The TA petition form [.pdf] is to be used when applying for TA or Graduate Instructor TA positions for which the applicant has not completed the course or does not have a master’s degree to teach a 5-level course.

Equal employment opportunity

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.