February 8, 2024

My department is looking to fill a couple of TA positions for spring quarter. These positions, particularly PHIL 120, can also work for students in the STEM disciplines.

The Handshake reference number is 8665369, and I’ve pasted the position description below. Please pass it along to grad students who might be interested.

Thanks in advance!


Job description

The Department of Philosophy is seeking one or more graduate students for one-quarter teaching assistant positions in spring 2024.


The appointment involves serving as a Teaching Assistant for PHIL 118 – Persuasion or Manipulation? The Ethics and Psychology of Influence or PHIL 120 – Introduction to Logic or PHIL 149 – Existentialism and Film. In general, duties will require you to:

  • Lead three separate discussion sections (approximately 30-35 students each) of a large lecture course; for PHIL 118 and PHIL 149, each discussion section meets once per week; for PHIL 120, each discussion section meets twice per week
  • Attend all main lectures of that course
  • Hold two hours of office hours each week
  • Respond to student contributions to discussion boards
  • For PHIL 118 and 149: grade student assignments
  • Be evaluated and given feedback on your teaching performance

No later than three weeks prior to the beginning of your duties, you will be provided with a document that describes the specific tasks, times, and locations related to your appointment, the supervisor to whom you will report, required training programs, procedures used for evaluation, and any additional details related to the duties required for the appointment. 

 JOB CLASSIFICATION: Teaching Assistant/Predoctoral Teaching Associate I/Predoctoral Teaching Associate II (depending on eligibility).

DATES/ HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT: It is expected that you will work no more than 220 hours total (approximately 20 hours per week) during spring quarter (March 25th – June 9, 2024). Note: Grades are due Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The payroll dates for the appointment are from March 16 – June 15, 2024.


  • Formally enrolled in a UW graduate degree program for at least 10 credits during spring 2024
  • Significant background in philosophy, film studies, psychology or logic


  • Previous experience teaching philosophy, film studies, psychology or logic

 SALARY: Major components of tuition plus standard salary and GAIP graduate health insurance; salary is commensurate with student standing (https://grad.uw.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022-23-TA-RA-SA_salary_chart.pdf)

 UNION: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:


 The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

 To Apply:

Submit the following materials to Carla Saulter, Graduate Program Assistant, at philgpa@uw.edu:

  • Resume
  • Brief cover letter noting qualifications and which position(s) interested in
  • Names and contact information of two professional references

 Application inquiries may be made with Carla Saulter at philgpa@uw.edu.