Explore TF/TA Opportunities in Gen Ed

Thank you for your interest in the Program in General Education! While most faculty have finalized their teaching staff for Spring 2020, student enrollments in Gen Ed courses can sometimes be unpredictable, and there may be a need for additional teaching staff after final enrollments are settled on January 31, 2020.


Gen Ed focuses on enduring questions and urgent concerns, with courses focusing on teaching across disciplines. For this reason, we encourage you to think broadly about opportunities to serve as a TF or TA for Gen Ed courses and to familiarize yourself with the Spring 2020 courses.


            Express Your Interest in Spring 2020 Courses

There are two ways you may express your interest in being considered for a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow position for Spring 2020:

1. You may express interest in being considered for any TF or TA openings in any Gen Ed Spring 2020 course through this form. Please note that you will only be contacted if positions for which you are qualified become available.

2. If you are a Harvard affiliate, you may apply for currently open positions through the Central Application for Teaching Sections (CATS). Most Gen Ed courses with open positions will appear in CATS; please see below for some hints for using CATS effectively.

Hints for Using CATS

1. To find the courses in Gen Ed available for application in CATS, log in to CATS and fill out your profile if prompted. Once you are faced with the courses available for application, click the column-header labeled “Course.” Doing so will sort course numbers alphabetically. Then navigate to the Gen Ed courses (among those starting with ‘G’). Remember that the number of Gen Eds available for application in CATS will increase during and after shopping period.

2. To find courses taught by a particular professor, click the column-header labeled “Instructor.” As above: clicking the header will alphabetically sort that field, then scan the alpha list of instructors/professors for the name you are looking for. Note: this may not work if a course is team-taught. Only one professor’s name will show up under “instructor,” and the name that appears may not be the name you’re looking for.

3. To search for a word that appears in the course title (not description), type into the “filter” box at upper right. 

4. Here's what the words in the status field mean:

Open for TF applications means that this course is currently hiring

Open for waitlist applications means the course is seeking applications in case the eventual enrollment generates sections in excess of those presently allocated

Closed means the course was previously open for applications, but is not accepting applications at this time