GSI and Reader Opportunities

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Spring 2022 Graduate Student Instructorships

History GSIships are 50% appointments. Interested applicants should have a background in History and/or topics related to the course, as well as prior experience as a GSI or Reader. Ability to attend course lectures is required.

History 4B Medieval Europe

History 7B US from the Civil War to the Present

History 137AC Immigrants and Immigration as US History

History C139C Civil Rights and Social Movement in US History

History 162B International Relations since 1914

History 190 Soccer

Please note that additional opportunities may be available later this semester, when we know more about how individual courses are enrolling.

Spring 2022 Readerships

History Readerships are 25%-38.5% appointments (reading for for a minimum of 35 students and maximum of 65 students). Interested applicants should have a background in History and/or topics related to the course. Ability to attend course lectures is required.

History 109C Modern Middle East

History 123 Civil War and Reconstruction

History 125A African American History and Race Relations 1450-1860

History 127AC California

History 131B Social History of the US from the End of the Civil War

History 135B Encounter and Conquest in Indigenous America

History 166B France Renaissance to Revolution

History 172 Russian Intellectual History

History 182A Science, Technology, and Society

Please note that additional opportunities may be available later this semester, when we know more about how individual courses are enrolling.

To apply

To apply for Spring 2022 GSIships, please complete this application. To apply for Spring 2022 readerships, please complete this application. (You are welcome to apply to both pools.) Appointments will be filled on a rolling basis and we will update all applicants via this page.

UPDATE 14 OCTOBER: Our faculty have begun reviewing files and we hope to start reaching out to candidates starting early next week. If you haven't yet applied, there is still time, but we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

UPDATE 18 OCTOBER: GSIships: We have completed hiring for 4B Medieval Europe, 137AC Immigration, and 162B International Relations. There is a small chance the courses will grow to require additional GSIs sometime during Phase II; we will refer to the pool if/when that happens. We are still sorting through 7B Recent US, C139C Civil Rights, and 190 Soccer and hope to have an update on those courses by the end of the week. Readerships: We have completed hiring for 172. We will begin hiring for readerships later this week and hope to have additional updates sometime next week.

UPDATE 27 OCTOBER: GSIships: We're trying to find a larger classroom for History 190, which might enable us to hire additional GSIs. As of this week, there is also a possibility that we will be hiring additional GSIs for 137AC and C139C but we probably won't know more for another week or two. Readerships: we hope to have contracts out for all classes (except 172) early next week - thank you for your patience if you've been waiting to hear back from us!

UPDATE 8 NOVEMBER: It looks like we're about two weeks away from additional readership contracts, while we wait for enrollments to catch up.

Academic Student Employee (ASE) information

Compensation and Benefits

ASEs who are graduate students with appointments in eligible titles that total 25% or more of full-time for the entire term are eligible to participate in the University’s Partial Fee Remission and Student Health Insurance Programs in accordance with the policies and provisions established for those programs. Students that are charged Professional School fees should be aware that this benefit of tuition remission does not cover any Professional School fees.

Information on the ASE salary scales can be found on the HR website.


1. Academic Standing: ASEs must be in good academic standing (i.e., must not be on academic probation or have had their degree candidacy lapse), have a minimum 3.1 grade-point average, and have no more than two Incomplete grades in upper division and graduate courses on the transcript.

2. Registration and Enrollment: Appointees must be UC students who are registered and enrolled in a least twelve units of coursework, unless already advanced to doctoral candidacy, during the semester in which they are serving as a GSI. Graduate students must be registered and enrolled in at least twelve units; and

3. Graduate Standing: Appointees must be UC graduate students. Only under very exceptional circumstances may a UC Berkeley undergraduate student be appointed to serve as a GSI, and advance approval of the appointment by Graduate Division is required in each case. UC Hastings College of the Law students may not be appointed as GSIs.

4. Disciplinary Probation: Appointees must be clear of certain disciplinary probations based on the Code of Student Conduct.

5. Oral English Proficiency: Students who do not speak English as a native language and do not hold a Bachelor’s degree from an institution in the United States must demonstrate oral English proficiency to be appointed as a GSI.

6. New ASE Orientation: All individuals whose GSI appointment is also their first ASE assignment must attend a New ASE Orientation sponsored by the Office of Labor Relations for the semester they have been appointed. If there is a failure to attend, individuals will not be eligible for ASE appointments in subsequent terms until they have attended this orientation.

7. 300-Level Pedagogy Seminar: All students appointed as GSIs must enroll in a 300-level seminar on teaching offered by the department in which they are teaching either concurrent with or prior to their first appointment as a GSI at Berkeley. These courses provide unit credit for preparation for teaching. History 375 is offered each spring (see Spring 2020) and first time GSIs can take this concurrently with their first appointment.

8. Teaching Conference: First-time GSIs must attend the Teaching Conference for First-Time GSIs, offered by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center each semester before classes begin. International GSIs appointed for the first time must also attend the Teaching Conference for First-Time International GSIs, offered in the fall semester before classes begin. Pedagogy is the focus of the conferences. The Spring 2021 conference details are currently TBC.

9. Online Course: First-time GSIs must successfully complete an online course on professional standards and ethics in teaching before they may have contact with students, in person or online. To enroll in the online course, please see the GSI Teaching and Resource Center’s website. The full text of the Graduate Council’s Policy on Appointments and Mentoring of GSIs can be found here.