Teaching Assistant Information

Open TA Positions for Fall 24

CIS 1100, 1200, 1600, 1210: apply here. (deadline: 11:59pm on Friday, April 19th)

CIS 4190/5190 and 5200: apply here (deadline: rolling, initial review date will be May 2nd)

Other Courses: apply here (deadline: rolling)

Other classes than those listed on the forms above may be hiring TAs as well, please inquire with individual instructors.

PhD students completing a teaching practicum should speak with the course instructor directly, and do not need to fill out these applications.

Students who are on a leave of absence from the university during Fall 24 are not eligible to be hired as a TA for a Fall 24 course.

An application to any of the larger ML courses (CIS 4210/5210, 4300/5300, 2450/5450) may be redirected to another ML course to ensure a good balance of staff.

CIS Mini Course Instructors

If you’re interested in teaching any of our CIS 18xx/19xx minicourses, please contact Swapneel Sheth (swapneel@cis) and Harry Smith (sharry@cis).


Once you have been selected to be a TA for a CIS/CIT/NETS course you will receive an offer letter from the department, you will need to sign this offer letter and save it as a PDF. After signing the letter you will receive paperwork from PEFS for you to fill out and return with your offer letter.

NOTE: In order to be paid, you must return the paperwork and your offer letter to establish your payroll record for this position. The start date of your employment or re-employment in this position will be effective only when you have emailed all of the necessary payroll documents to the PEFS office.

Time sheets must be submitted on a weekly basis.

Assignment Guidelines

Below are the guidelines for assignment of teaching assistants for classes.

35 – 70 students thirty TA hours
70-105 students forty-five TA hours
105-140 students sixty TA hours
15 – 35 students fifteen TA hours

Hours per week to be arranged but should be ten hours or less.


TAs needing the textbooks for the course they are assisting with can obtain a voucher to use at the bookstore from the Business Office (pefs@seas.upenn.edu).

Options for TAs needing space for office hours: