Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Welcome Teaching Assistants, Assistant Instructors and Graduate Research Assistants

Teaching Assistants, Assistant Instructors and Graduate Research Assistants are employees of The University of Texas and are required to complete a number of administrative forms and tasks in order to be paid and receive employee and TA, AI and GRA benefits.

COLA Teaching Assistant Agreement

CREEES requires all TAs and faculty supervisors to turn in the TA Agreement created by the COLA Dean's office by the 4th class day. This document, a contract of sorts, is to be reviewed, completed and signed by student employees and faculty prior to the start of each semester. Once signed, please make a copy for each party and place the original in the Graduate Coordinator inbox in the main office to be kept on file.

TA Agreement  Background:
The Teaching Assistant Job Duties document originated from conversations that took place within the College of Liberal Arts TA Taskforce during the 2014-2015 academic year. It is meant to improve communication between TAs and instructors and enhance the success of our TAs and students by generating conversation and clarifying expectations. Graduate students, graduate coordinators, and graduate advisors in the College had input into the content. As expectations and practices may vary across units, please feel free to modify and use as necessary.

UT Human Resources Benefits Elections

For new employees, please use this checklist from UT Human Resource Services ( to help guide you through the process. The list shows what you need to do on the first day of your employment (such as orientations, getting an EID, and payroll information), within the first week (insurance coverage, timesheets, getting office keys, etc.), and within the first month (insurance and compliance training).

The Benefits Enrollment Checklist provides information about making benefits elections. Insurance elections must be made no later than 31 days from the employment start date. All new employees must have final approved assignments and a completed onboarding in Workday before enrollment may occur.

New employees, including faculty, are invited to attend the New Employee Welcome and Orientation  to learn about their benefits options. For more information on insurance for Graduate Student Fellows, click here.

Also, check out the HR web site at Under "Graduate Students" you will see the appointment schedule next to the title. This site provides great information on employment. Be sure to check out the tabs on the top left of the page. Another good page is, Student Employee Benefits, which gives you a really nice at-a-glance view of student employment benefits.

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