Department of Physics and Astronomy
Application for Teaching Assistant Position
We start accepting applications on the dates indicated for the respective terms:
- Fall Semester -- July 15
- Winter Semester -- October 15
- Spring Term -- February 15
- Summer Term -- May 15
Spring Term 2016
- We are now accepting applications for Spring Term employment.
Use the following link to update your schedule when it changes after you apply.
Information about Teaching Assistant positions
It is necessary to re-apply for a TA position each semester or term you would like one.
You will not automatically carry over from semester to semester, and, depending
on the department needs, you may not even be hired. We give preference to physics
majors and experienced TAs.
Our department pay scale is shown on
We usually will not hire people with poor grades in their physics
Tutor Prep Meeting Schedule
Many of our positions are to be TAs in our tutorial lab. We have two
labs, the 105/121 tutorial lab and the 106/123/220 tutorial lab.
In general there is some preference for those who have completed the 121 sequence as opposed to the 105
sequence, since they are better prepared for all the students.
- To work
in the 105/121 tutorial lab you must have completed either 105 and a calculus course or 121 and 123.
- To work in the 106/123/220 tutorial lab you must have completed either 106 (to
be a 106 tutor) or 121 and 123 (to be a 123 tutor) or 121, 123 and 220 (to be a
106 or 220 tutor.)
- In the 106/123/220 lab there is a preference for those who have
completed 220, since they can help any student in the lab.
Other Job Requirements
- In order to be prepared to help your students there is
a mandatory weekly meeting where you work out the assigned problems for the
week. The prep meeting schedule is shown in this
link. You will not be assigned to be a tutor if you cannot attend the
prep session for that class according to your online schedule.;
- Because of the overhead of the required prep meeting, we do not hire TAs to work
in the tutorial lab for less than 8 hours/week.
- Your photographs and names will be posted on the internet for the
students to see. Acceptance of employment in the tutorial lab
implicitly implies your permission to post this information. We will
initially use your BYU ID-card photo. If you wish to have a different
photo used, please send it to Grant Hart
(at firstname.lastname@example.org) after you have
received an offer of employment in the tutorial lab.
In order to work as a lab TA, you must have completed the course with a good
grade. For 107 and 108 TAs we prefer students who have completed at least
the first two semesters of our lab sequence (140 and 145.)
We hire graders for many of our classes. In order to be considered as a
grader it is necessary that you have completed the class with a good grade.