Academic Student Employment

About Academic Student Employment

Academic Student Employment as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), Reader, or Tutor can be an important source of financial support for eligible Berkeley graduate students. Most financial packages for doctoral students, such as multi-year fellowships, usually require academic student employment (ASE) as part of the overall funding package.

Graduate students at Berkeley are most commonly appointed to the titles of Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), Reader, and Tutor. Students must meet certain academic requirements and other eligibility criteria to qualify for graduate student academic employment. Graduate students are also subject to Graduate Council and Graduate Division policies regarding appointments to academic and staff titles, including minimum enrollment requirements and limitations on percentage of appointment.

The titles GSI, Reader and Tutor are covered by a labor agreement between the University and the United Automobile Workers (UAW). GSRs are not covered by this agreement, although university appointment eligibility rules apply to both ASEs and GSRs.

To learn more about graduate student academic appointment eligibility and employment requirements at Berkeley, please see the following:

GSI and Reader Appointments in Social Welfare

GSI and Reader appointments are made at the department level.

  • The term Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is synonymous with Teaching Assistant (TA) at other universities. A GSI serves as an apprentice under the active supervision of a faculty member who is the Instructor of Record for an academic course. Duties primarily include leading discussion sections, proctoring exams, and assisting with instructional tasks in collaboration with the instructor of record who has final authority.
  • Readers are employed to render diverse services as course assistants, which will normally include the grading of student papers and examinations. Subject to assignment by the department, duties might also include attendance at lectures, office hours, consultation with the instructor, and other course-related duties.

In the School of Social Welfare, preference for GSI and Reader appointments is given to Social Welfare doctoral students who have a work requirement as part of a currently active doctoral student funding package. Applications for anticipated GSI and Reader appointments are distributed to all Social Welfare graduate students. Announcements are also posted on this page. Applications received under each announcement are reviewed by the Faculty Adviser for GSI Affairs and supervising faculty members who then contact students for interviews.

Appointment letters are sent to students selected for a GSI or Reader appointment in the next semester (or following academic year). Hiring is not final until 1) a formal written offer is made by authorized departmental staff; and, 2) the ASE accepts the offer in writing.

Current GSI and Reader Opportunities in Social Welfare

Spring 2021 Social Welfare GSI and Reader Positions

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Spring 2021 Social Welfare Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Readers

Berkeley Social Welfare invites applications for Spring 2021 Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Reader positions.

The deadline to apply for these positions is Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.

At Berkeley the titles GSI, Reader, Tutor, and Acting Instructor-Graduate Student are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the United Automobile Workers (UAW). Under the language of the contract, students hired in these titles are referred to as Academic Student Employees (ASEs). Preference for these positions in Social Welfare is typically given to Social Welfare doctoral students who are currently receiving departmental support as part of an active doctoral student funding package.

Applications received under this announcement are reviewed by the Faculty Adviser for GSI Affairs and supervising faculty members, who may contact you for an interview as part of the selection and hiring process. Priority will be given to applications submitted by the stated deadline.

To be considered for any of the following positions, you must meet ALL Graduate Division eligibility requirements for academic student employment..

Spring 2021 Social Welfare GSI Positions

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) duties include leading discussion sections and performing other course related instructional duties under supervision of the instructor of record. Course support duties may include holding office hours, grading, and proctoring exams.

The following anticipated GSI positions are 25%-time appointments, which is approximately 10 hours per week of work for the duration of the 15-week term. A 25% academic student appointment is eligible for Partial Fee Remission. Salary is paid at 25% of the monthly rate of $4,382.30 for GSI Step 1 ($1,095.58 per month) for five months (January 1 - May 31, 2021). For more salary information please see Academic Student Employee Unit (UAW 2865 - BX) Current Rates. Service period dates for the Spring 2021 Semester are January 19, 2021 through May 19, 2021.

Please consult the Spring 2021 Social Welfare Class Schedule for course descriptions, instructor information, and class/discussion section meeting times:

  • SOC WEL 110: Social Work as a Profession (1 position)
  • SOC WEL 112: Social Welfare Policy (1 position)
  • SOC WEL 114: Practice in Social Work (1 position)
  • SOC WEL 282A: Seminar in Social Research-1st year MSW (1 to 2 positions)
  • SOC WEL 282B: Seminar in Social Research-2nd year MSW (1 to 2 positions)

Spring 2021 Reader Positions

Reader duties include the grading of student papers and examinations. Subject to assignment by the department, duties might also include attendance at lectures, office hours, proctoring exams, consultation with the instructor, and other course-related duties. Readers may not perform teaching duties.

The following anticipated Reader positions are 25%-time appointments, which is approximately 10 hours per week of work for the duration of the 15-week term. A 25% academic student appointment is eligible for Partial Fee Remission. Salary is paid at the rate of $16.53 per hour. For more information regarding salary please see Academic Student Employee Unit (UAW 2865 - BX) Current Rates. Service period dates for the Spring 2021 Semester are January 19, 2021 through May 19, 2021.

Please consult the Spring 2021 Social Welfare Class Schedule for course descriptions, instructor information, and class/discussion section meeting times:

  • SOC WEL 230: Social Policy: Children and Families + SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy: A Social Welfare Perspective (1 25%-time position covering both courses)

How to Apply for GSI and Reader Positions

Submit an online application by October 16, 2020.

  • In order to submit the online application form, you will be required to upload a statement of interest and a current resume/CV as a SINGLE DOCUMENT OR PDF file.
  • In your letter of interest, please indicate any preferences you may have for the course(s) you are interested in serving as a GSI or Reader. You may also submit any evidence of teaching success (previous course evaluations, etc.) if available.
  • Please review the Spring 2021 Social Welfare Class Schedule to avoid any potential schedule conflicts between your academic course work and GSI or Reader opportunities.

Spring 2021 GSI and Reader Online Application Form

GSR Appointments in Social Welfare

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments are made at the department or research unit level. A GSR performs research broadly related to the degree program in an academic department or research unit under the direction of a faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator. GSRs do not perform teaching, administrative, or general assistance duties.

GSR positions are appointed directly by faculty researchers. GSR opportunities in the School of Social Welfare are distributed directly to students via email when available. Students are also encouraged to network with individual faculty members, Principal Investigators, and Center Directors about GSR opportunities in Social Welfare as well as other campus departments.

Appointments in Other Departments

While graduate student academic appointments in Social Welfare are primarily limited to doctoral students, all graduate students who meet eligibility requirements can seek academic student employment in other campus departments teaching subjects or conducting research allied with their interests, or previous education or teaching experience. Here are some tips for locating and applying for ASE appointments:

  • Review the Graduate Student Academic Appointments guide from the Graduate Division to understand academic appointment eligibility, requirements, and policies.
  • Announcements received about ASE job opportunities in other departments are always forwarded to our departmental graduate student listservs.
  • Check with other hiring departments for information about specific GSI or Reader job opportunities that might be available. The campus Labor Relations Office maintains a list of Expected Academic Student Employment Opportunities and departmental contacts. Also visit the campus career center site, Handshake, and websites of respective departments in which you have interest, to locate potential opportunities.

Academic Student Employment Resources