Become a Graduate TA

Our team of 6 graduate TAs work closely with the College's undergraduate discussion leaders. However, unlike the traditional teaching assisant role, graduate TAs in our program do not lead sections and only work with our discussion leaders and faculty. 

Role of Graduate Teaching Assistants  

FYE Graduate TA’s primary role is to supervise, mentor and oversee the work of the College’s team of FYE and TYE Discussion Leaders (DLs). TAs meet weekly with DLs, provide guidance on lesson planning and pedagogy and ensure alignment between lecture content and section.

TAs are required to hold regular office hours and attend both the course lectures, as well as the planning meetings during the Fall term. A 50% appointment involves leading two 195 section meetings for the College’s DLs each week. 

Graduate TA responsibilities include: 

  • Attend both freshman and transfer FYE lectures each week during Fall term
  • Lead weekly 195 section meetings for (one per FYE course)
  • Serve as supervisor and mentor to the College’s DLs
  • Review lesson plans, readings and assignments and oversee DLs work
  • Audit at least 2 discussion sections per DL, per quarter and offer feedback
  • Serve as a liaison between FYE and TYE instructors and their DLs
  • Meet with instructors as needed and assist with course setup/issues (i.e., upload readings/assignments to TED)
  • Hold weekly office hours, one hour per week

Meet our graduate TAs (Fall QTR 2017)

  • Maximilian Edwards

    Maximilian Edwards

    Revelle College | REV 1 & REV 2

    Max Edwards is studying for a Ph.D. in the philosophy department at UCSD.  He is primarily interested in 18th and 19th-century German philosophy, and especially the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.  Before coming to San Diego, Max studied in Berlin, London, and Cambridge, UK.  He takes great joy in teaching and has over five years’ experience teaching philosophy and critical writing in both the UK and US systems.  

  • Paola Capó-García

    Paola Capó-García

    John Muir College | MUIR 1 & MUIR 2

    Paola Capó-García is a poet, reporter, and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. in Magazine Journalism at Syracuse University, her M.A. in English at UC Davis, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at UC San Diego. Her reporting has appeared in BOMBVarietyRemezcla, and ELLE, and her poetry in The Volta, Salt Hill, Deluge, and h_ngm_n, among others. She co-founded/edits littletell alongside Maria Flaccavento. She also worked in reality TV for a second but really doesn’t want to talk about it.

  • Zachary Hayes

    Zachary Hayes

    Thurgood Marshall College | TMC 1 & TMC 2

    Zachary Hayes is a PhD student in the Literature department at UCSD. He also earned an M.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2013. He has been a T.A. with Sixth College's CAT writing program since Fall 2014. He loves teaching and discussing pedagogy, and is excited to work with everyone at the FYE/TYE in the Fall.

  • Mayra Cortes

    Mayra Cortes

    Warren College | WARR 1 & WARR 2

    Mayra Cortes is a PhD student in the Literature department. She attended Cerritos Community College and transferred to her dream university, UCLA. She’s a very proud Falcon, Bruin, and a very proud Triton. Her favorite UCSD statue is the Sun God; she, of course, has walked underneath it and made her wishes. She also has a great fondness for the big red chair at Revelle College because thanks to that chair she found the Humanities office, where she had her first interview to become a teaching assistant, and where she joyfully continues to teach great works of literature. She’s excited to work and grow with the FYE and TYE students at Warren College to help build a strong community of successful and happy students. 

    Mayra's OHs for Warren DLs: Thursdays from 5-6pm at the Warren Student Lounge

  • Sascha Crasnow

    Sascha Crasnow

    Eleanor Roosevelt College | ERC 1 & ERC 2

    Sascha Crasnow was born in Los Angeles, and after living in Seattle and New York, has made her way back to her roots in Southern California. She is a San Diego-based art historian, writer, and curator, and PhD Candidate in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California San Diego, focusing on contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation examines shifts in contemporary Palestinian art after the Second Intifada. She was the recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic in 2012 (Rabat, Morocco) and 2013 (Amman, Jordan). She has conducted field research for her dissertation throughout historic Palestine with the support of an Artis Travel Grant, a UCSD Departmental Field Research Fellowship, and a UCSD Russell Grant. She has curated shows both in New York and San Diego, and her reviews and essays have appeared in publications including WhiteWall Magazine, Hyperallergic, Columbia’s "Interventions Journal", and AMCA. She is enthusiastic about bringing her 5+ years teaching experience to the FYE/TYE program at ERC, where she’s been teaching for MMW since 2012.

    Sascha's Office hours for ERC DLs: Wednesdays 5-6pm @ Peet’s Coffee.

  • Rachel Dorlene Emerine Hicks

    Rachel Dorlene Emerine Hicks

    Sixth College | SXTH 1 & SXTH 2

    Rachel Hicks is a PhD student in Anthropology at UCSD.  Her dissertation research focuses on secondary schooling in the Solomon Islands (an island chain in the Pacific that she will happily point out on a map and tell you about if you ask!). She is exploring how secondary schools influence students’ cultural values and prepare them for life after school.  She also has an MA in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach (2009) and a BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University (2007).  As a TA for Sixth College’s CAT writing program since Winter 2015, Rachel has enjoyed helping students improve their writing while exploring topics outside of their usual realm of study. She enjoys teaching and seeing students grow on academic and personal levels throughout the quarter. One of her favorite parts of teaching is office hours where she has a chance to learn more about students and work with them to help them succeed.  Rachel is excited to share her teaching experiences and work together with everyone in FYE/TYE in the Fall.