Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships

Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships in the Department of Economics, UVA

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows are undergraduate students who serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for the Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2010) sections taught by Mr. Elzinga and the Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2020) sections taught by Mr. Coppock. For the 2019-2020 academic year, seventeen undergraduate student TAs will co-labor with six graduate student TAs in these courses. 


  • Great performance in ECON 2010 and Econ 2020.  Undergraduate Teaching Fellows should have earned an A in both principles classes.  Students who received AP credit for one of the principles course and then earned an A in the other also are eligible.
  • Rising third-year or fourth-year students. It is very unusual for a second-year student to be selected as a TA.


  • Pecuniary: $2,400 per semester plus a nontrivial addition in human capital and a strong signal on your resume.
  • Non-pecuniary: Utility stream from making “the dismal science” less dismal for UVA students taking Econ 2010 and Econ 2020.

Job Description

  • Lead two 50-minute discussion sections each week for the students enrolled in these sections. These discussion sections will be held early on all days except for Tuesdays.
  • Be available to students a minimum of three hours per week for “office hours.”  Office hours may be held at any accessible location on grounds.  Times and locations must be known both to students and to the Head T.A.
  • Administer the two mid-term tests and the final exam to students enrolled in the two discussion sections.
  • Grade the two tests and the final exam taken by students enrolled in the two discussion sections.
  • Explain the material presented in the lectures and the textbook and answer questions from students in the two discussion sections.
  • Explain the grading of the mid-term tests.
  • Produce an accurate tally of all students’ grades: two mid-terms, discussion section points, and final exam.
  • Each semester, attend two meetings with Mr. Elzinga and/or Mr. Coppock and the other TAs.

Application Timeline (approximate):

  • Informational Session: 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 19- Clark Hall, Room 107
  • Formal Application by the end of March
  • Selection in first week of April

Questions can be directed to Sarah Lapp