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Resources for SIPA Students

Academic resources for SIPA students, including information on OSA tutors, the Columbia Writing Center, the American Language Program, TMaC, and the Department of Mathematics.

TA Reader Handbook_2021-22

SIPA 2022-23 Assistantships

  • 1. Student ranking: Students submit application and rank all positions they are interested in. 

    2. Faculty ranking: Faculty receive list of students who have applied for their position. They do not see the student rankings of their position. They submit ranked list of candidates. 

    3. Selection: Assignments are made based on matching student and faculty preferences. If two or more faculty want to hire the same student, the student is assigned to the position the student ranked the highest.

    4. Selection will be made in stages. TA positions will be determined, first, followed by Reader positions, and so on. After each stage, the selected students will be made offers, and their candidacy will be removed from further consideration. 

    5. All offers are final. If a student rejects a position, they will not be hired in the same semester for another Assistantship position. This is why it is important for students to only apply for positions they would accept. Students are appointed to only one assistantship per semester. 

    6. Students will be notified by the timelines listed below. If you have not received an offer by the notification dates listed below, it means you did not receive an assistantship for that round, but may still receive an assistantship if you applied in the subsequent rounds.

  • Fall 2022 applications opens on March 8, 2022. The deadline is March 15, 2022

    FALL 2022

    Position Notification
    TA 4/4/22*
    Reader 4/18/22
    PA Faculty 5/1/22
    PA Administrative       5/20/22

    Student Assistant positions- administrative work for selected courses paying $21.50/hour- will be assigned during the summer.

    *This means students will be notified if they have received a TA award by April 4. If you have not heard anything by then, this means you did not receive a TA Award. You may, however, still receive a Reader or PA award if you applied for those positions, and will be notified of those awards in the later stages of notification.

  • SPRING 2023 application opens on April 26, 2022. The deadline is May 5, 2022.

    Spring positions are determined separately from Fall positions. For example, if you were selected as a Fall PA for a concentration or office, this does not mean that you will hold the same position in the Spring. You will need to submit a separate Spring application.

    SPRING 2023

    Position Notification
    TA 5/20/22
    PA Faculty 5/31/22
    Reader 7/6/22
    PA Administrative       TBD
  • Position Salary/Semester Service Commitment
    TA $12,978 20 hours/week
    Reader $6,489 15 hours/week
    PA $30/hour up to $6,000 200 hours/semester (average 12-13 hours/week)
    SA $21.50/hour up to $3,225       150 hours/semester (average 9-10 hours/week)
    OSA Tutor       $25/hour up to $5,000 200 hours/semester (average 12-13 hours/week)

    Handbook for TA's and Readers




OSA Tutors

The Office of Student Affairs provides Math and Writing tutors at no cost to all SIPA students. Writing tutors help SIPA students with the mechanics of writing and editing policy memos and research papers, focusing on grammar and style. Math tutors help students with understanding the quantitative logic behind problem sets. Students interested in tutoring services should contact individual tutors directly.

  • Writing Tutors: TBD

    Math Tutors: TBD

    Note: As a courtesy to your classmates, we ask that you do not send tutors papers to edit within 24 hours of a deadline (unless previously arranged).

  • The Columbia Writing Center provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. Students can make appointments with them for up to two hours a week at no charge. One hour can be a drop-in session and the other can be booked in advance.

    Students who speak English as a second language are invited to explore offerings through the American Language Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

  • The Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization offer lectures on basic and advanced writing and reporting. Please consult the TMaC website and TMaC's course listings for more details.

    Please click here for additional writing tips.

    Students interested in learning to write more simply, concisely and clearly are invited to read the following (all can be bought online):

    • Evans, Harold. Essential English for Journalists, Editors, and Writers or his older book, Newsman’s English.
    • Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself.
    • Rentoul, John. The Banned List: A  manifesto against jargon and cliche.
    • Mounsey, Chris How to Write: Successful Essays, Dissertations, and Exams, Oxford University Press.
    • Lindgren, Hugo. in the New York Times blog "Words We Don’t Say"
  • Many mathematics graduate students from the Department of Mathematics offer tutoring services on a private, one-on-one basis. Hourly fees vary from student to student, depending on the number of hours needed and the topics to be covered.

  • The Association of Graduate Economics Students provides a listing of economics graduate student tutors who can be hired directly. Tutors are available in a variety of areas including microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics.