Assistantship in Instruction
Depending on the teaching needs of their departments, assistants in instruction may be involved in some combination of classroom teaching, laboratory supervision and grading in undergraduate courses.
A full appointment of six semester-hours per term normally requires approximately 20 hours of work per week: six classroom contact hours plus additional hours of preparation. In academic year 2013-14, assistants in instruction on full appointments for each of the two terms of the year receive compensation of $27,950(1).
Assistantship in Instruction compensation is taxable and always replaces, in full or in part, a currently held University fellowship stipend.
When a department requires less than full-time teaching assistance, partial assistantships in instruction may be offered and the compensation is prorated according to the amount of time devoted to teaching.
Students holding non-Princeton fellowships may be appointed as assistants in instruction and are paid at standard assistantship rates. In such cases, a teaching assistantship cannot exceed a one-half time appointment per year. Such supplementation is not encouraged and departments should plan to use teaching services of students when they are not holding such fellowships.
Students enrolled In Absentia may not hold teaching assistantships. Ordinarily, first year students in Ph.D. programs are not appointed as AI's. Exceptions should be discussed with the Academic Affairs Office of the Graduate School. Graduate students are not regularly appointed to teach in graduate-level courses.