What are Teaching Assistants?

Course Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Course Coaches—TAs for short—assist faculty members with teaching courses at HKS.

Working as a TA is a great way to help your fellow students, form a close working relationship with an HKS faculty member, and get involved with the school community. It’s also an opportunity to further your own learning. There’s no better way to learn something than by teaching it to others.

Course Assistants (CAs)

Duties vary by course, depending on a faculty member's needs and the course assistant's strengths, but may include:

  • Assisting the faculty member during class and tracking student participation
  • Holding office hours and responding to student queries
  • Giving the faculty member "first reads" for written assignments and marking problem sets
  • Maintaining the course Canvas page
  • Preparing course materials and arranging media services
  • Proctoring exams

CAs and faculty members should maintain open communication to ensure that duties are clear. Hourly commitment varies, but tends to average 8-10 per week. The CA pay rate is $18 per hour.

Teaching Fellows (TFs)

TFs are responsible for teaching course review sessions in addition to the CA duties listed above. Review sessions generally meet on Fridays for 1.25 hours. TFs are paid a monthly stipend and do not submit hours. The TF compensation rate varies by course. Contact Keely Bielat Soltow for more information about TF compensation.

Course Coaches (CCs)

In addition to the CA duties listed above, CCs work closely with students in courses that include negotiation, simulation, or coaching. CCs may run simulations, exercises, breakout sessions, and experiential elements within these courses. Similar to the TFs, CCs are paid a monthly stipend and do not submit hours.


Keely Bielat Soltow
Assistant Director of Academic Planning
79 JFK Street, Littauer 225
Cambridge, MA