The Meta-TAs coordinate the UTA Program.

They are hired during the first few weeks of the spring semester for the following school year. The term lasts one school year, but includes all interactions, from hiring through final exams, with the fall and spring course staffs. The Meta-TAs are hired by the director of undergraduate study and the user services coordinator based on input from other members of the technical staff and the faculty.

The current Meta-TAs are listed here.


The Meta-TAs coordinate the department's undergraduate teaching assistant program, working closely with head TAs and members of the technical staff, administrative staff, and faculty. The two positions are: the Meta-TA, Technical and the Meta-TA, Administrative.

The Meta-TA, Administrative reports to the director of undergraduate study, and coordinates the program's many logistical and administrative details including the semesterly TA hiring, often acting as a liaison between the TAs and the administrative staff and between the faculty and TA program. She or he is the primary point of administrative contact between the TA program and the rest of the department (ugrads, faculty, and astaff).

The Meta-TA, Technical reports to the director of undergraduate study and coordinates with the director of facilities and the tstaff user services coordinator. She or he works with student and professional members of the technical staff to provide system and software support to the TA program and to individual courses, and helps to interface between the undergraduate community (students, lab consultants, UTAs, and HTAs) and the rest of the technical staff.

The Meta-TAs are also responsible for documentation, training, and policy development for the TA program, and working to help faculty and HTAs respond to day-to-day issues that arise. They also advocate for the UTAs with the administration, work to address the program's facilities needs (and, in cooperation with the head consultant, general undergraduate facilities needs), and ensure a positive work environment for UTAs and HTAs. They meet regularly with the director of undergraduate study and with the user services coordinator.

What follows is a task list that is continually updated in response to new thoughts from the Meta-TAs and their managers as well as suggestions from TAs, students, and faculty. If you have comments or suggestions, please mail ustaff.

Collective Responsibilities

Documentation and Support



Facilitating and Documenting Communication Channels

Meta-TA, Administrative

Hiring Process Tasks

New Hires Tasks

Beginning-of-Semester Course Tasks

Beginning-of-Semester House Tasks

Ongoing House Tasks

Education Responsibilities

Meta-TA, Technical

Hiring Process Tasks

New Hires Tasks

Beginning-of-Semester Tasks

Documentation Responsibilities

Education Responsibilities

Ongoing Responsibilities

Communication Responsibilities