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 a PhD student in Philosophy. His primary research focus is on Kant's theoretical philosophy - especially the nature and status of the categories and their various deductions, and the character of transcendental idealism. He also has a growing interest in the Critical system as a whole.  

  • Paola Isabel Capo-Garcia

    Paola Isabel Capo-Garcia

    John Muir College | MUIR 1 & MUIR 2

    Paola Capó-García is a poet and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. in Magazine Journalism at Syracuse University and her M.A. in Poetry from UC Davis. Her reporting has appeared in BOMBVarietyRemezcla, and ELLE, and her poetry in Salt Hillh_ngm_nConium ReviewEl Vestíbulo, and Catena, among others. 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 in the PhD Program in Literature. Here research interests include:

    Early modern English and Spanish travel and colonial narratives 
    Transnationalism and literature 
    Crossing borders in early modern literature and in the theater
    Identity, race, and religion in early modern world
    Literature and empire
    Identity and performance 
    Shakespeare
    17th and 18th century Anglophone epistolarity

  • Sascha Crasnow

    Sascha Crasnow

    Eleanor Roosevelt College | ERC 1 & ERC 2

    Sascha Crasnow is a San Diego-based art historian, writer, and curator. She is a 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", CAA.reviews and AMCA.

  • Rachel Dorlene Emerine Hicks

    Rachel Dorlene Emerine Hicks

    Sixth College | SXTH 1 & SXTH 2

    Rachel Hicks is a PhD student in Linguistic Anthropology with academic interests related to education, language endangerment and the Pacific Islands.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Intercultural Studies with a minor in Applied Linguistics from Biola University in 2007 followed by an MA in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach in 2009.  For her MA thesis at CSULB, she conducted fieldwork in the Solomon Islands studying the causes for endangerment of a small language called Engdewu on the island of Santa Cruz.   Building off her MA research, Rachel plans to study how the languages used in educational settings in the Solomon Islands are affecting the use of indigenous languages and how the educational language policies are affecting student success. In her free time, if that exists in graduate school, Rachel enjoys running, hiking, reading a good book, and discovering new places and delicious food while traveling.