Service appointees, including Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Writing Link Instructors, Pre-Doctoral Instructors and Readers, contribute to the University's teaching and research effort and, at the same time, gain valuable academic work experience. Service Appointments are awarded to graduate students only. With the exception of Readers and Writing Tutors, students who are on-leave are not eligible for service appointments.
The Graduate School requires that all appointees make satisfactory progress in the graduate program and, with the exception of Readers and the Writing Tutors, register each quarter for ten credit hours or more, applicable to the degree. Students holding appointments that carry a tuition waiver are expected to apply for Washington state residency as soon as they are eligible. Competence in speaking English is required for teaching appointments.