A TA assists faculty with the general duties of preparing for class and provides logistical support or coordination as needed for coursework, course/AV set up, room scheduling, transportation, etc. They may NOT assign grades or serve as substitute instructors in the absence of the instructor of record.

Students in good standing are eligible for positions as teaching assistants. They normally are Design School students, although occasionally a student from another Harvard school may serve as a TA at the GSD.

TA’s earn $15.00/hr and typically work 3-5 hours per week. However, they can work up to 20 hours/week in total, among all jobs combined at the University when classes are in session, 40 hours/week in total during breaks. They may not assist faculty in any professional or personal work not directly related to instruction or research at the GSD.

Students who have been awarded federal work-study as part of their financial aid package may use these funds for their positions, in which case a portion of the student’s salary will be paid by government funds.

Teaching Assistants (TA) may be responsible for the following:

Research Assistants (RA) are paid $15.00/hour upward for graduate students. An RA conducts research on a specific research account and cannot be paid with funds from a course budget.

Teaching Fellows (TF), who are doctoral students, assist faculty in preparing course materials and in offering instruction. TF’s are expected to:

  • Attend the weekly lectures given by the course instructor;
  • Prepare all of the assigned readings and lead weekly section discussions;
  • Grade all assignments and establish the final grades for the students in their section(s);
  • Receive approval on their final grades from the course instructor before they are submitted to the registrar

TF’s are paid a preset salary on a monthly payroll.  If you plan to hire a Teaching Fellow, please contact Margaret Moore de Chicojay in the Advanced Studies Program office.

Teaching and Research Fellows
Only a limited number of courses are assigned teaching fellows who may assist faculty in preparing course materials and in offering instruction, but may not be responsible for the structure and content of a course. They may conduct teaching sections, tutorials, and design critiques. They may also read papers, review designs, recommend grades, and assist in supervising independent study projects. Teaching fellows may not offer more than one lecture or seminar in any course in the absence of the faculty instructor of record and may not assign course grades. Research fellows may assist faculty in the conduct of research, but may not be responsible for the structure or content of investigations. They may conduct experiments, record data, perform quantitative analyses, document evidence, conduct literature searches, prepare drawings, etc. Research fellows may not serve as principal investigators. They may participate, on occasion, with faculty in the conduct of instruction as described above. Teaching and research fellows may not assist faculty in any professional or personal work not directly related to instruction or research in the GSD.