Academic Student Employees


Student employees working in support of research and instruction are subject to policies stated in the UW/UAW contract for Academic Student Employees (ASEs). For purposes of the labor agreement, an Academic Student Employee is an individual working in one of the defined classifications in Article 14, Job Titles and Classifications. The most recent information on the contract may be found at: UW/UAW Contract Introduction. The term “Salaried ASE” refers to an ASE who is appointed on a percentage FTE basis. Appointment percentages may vary, but are normally fifty percent (50%) for at least one academic quarter. The term “Hourly ASE” refers to an ASE who is engaged in projects or assignments for the University on an hourly basis.

Policies on workload, vacation and paid leave are included in this contract. Vacation and paid leave must be approved by the supervisor. Paid work in excess of the normal workload must be approved and coordinated in advance with the supervisor and the Administrator or Chair of the Department of Economics.

All students who receive financial support [fellowships or scholarships] but do not have specific work assignments and work products required of them (service expectancy), “casual” employees, and any ASE who will work less than 110 hours in one or more ASE classifications in a period of 12 calendar months are excluded from the ASE contract. For specifics on how to distinguish between time spent working as an ASE (service expectancy) versus time spent on a student’s own research towards academic progress, see the “Workload” section of the ASE contract.

Departmental Policies

  • Graduate Student Status and Pay: Information about graduate pay levels and titles based upon academic status and responsibilities.
  • Hourly Student Payrates: Information and examples about calculation of hourly payrates in the Department of Economics.
  • Information for TAs: Supplemental information for all Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, Teaching Associates and Pre-doctoral Lecturers in the Department of Economics.
  • How We Allocate TAships: Department of Economics procedures for TA allocations.

Departmental Position Descriptions and Openings

Position Descriptions

Department of Economics Open Positions: Winter Quarter 2019

Hourly Student Assistant for Econ 200 and 201 Courses
The Economics Department Access Committee is seeking a student aid for 5 hours/week to help facilitate student learning in Econ 200 and 201.  The aid's duties would include: holding review sessions for exams and midterms (approximately 5 per quarter), math reviews at the beginning of the quarter and as needed, answering student questions about course material, study strategies, and succeeding in the economics program.  Additional help organizing student-centered events may be required, as needed.  Hours may vary from week to week, but total hours will not exceed 55 in the quarter.  Pay is $18/hour.  Potentially renewable for Spring quarter.
Please contact Melissa Knox ( if you are interested in this opportunity.

ECON 400: Advanced Micro Economics Prof. Melissa Knox
Description/Details: Grading consists of 3 midterm exams. The ideal candidate will be a graduate student.  Please contact Prof. Knox at if interested

ECON 448: Populations and Development Prof. Melissa Knox
Grading will be of four problem sets (two questions each) and two short quizzes over the course of the quarter.  Some knowledge of development or labor economics is helpful.  Please contact Prof. Knox at if interested

ECON 491: Issues in Economic Development Prof. Alan Griffith
Please contact Prof. Griffith at if interested

Pay for Graders will be at the standard Economics grader rate: $16.00 per hour * 0.75-hour per student * class enrollment on 10th day class-list. Eg. for a 40-student class, the total payment would be $16.00 * 0.75 * 40 = $480.00

International students: If you are employed as a TA/RA/SA/Instructor or any other 50% or 20 hour per week position, you will need to contact the ISS office for approval before applying for these hourly positions.