July 17, 2023

As you know, the AAUP-AFT contract was ratified recently. The TA/GA Portal has been updated to reflect these changes. Departments should be entering appointments into it as soon as possible.

Attached is a summary update.

AAUP-AFT COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS AGREEMENT JULY 1, 2022-JUNE 30, 2026

Salary Provisions Academic Year (AY) Calendar Year (CY)

FY23 - $33,178 FY23 - $38,155

FY24 - $35,335 FY24 - $40,635

FY25 - $36,395 FY25 - $41,854

FY26 - $40,000 FY26 - $46,000

Note: In addition, a lump sum payment of $1,500 will be paid in Fiscal Year 2024 to individuals employed as a TA or GA on an AY basis as of June 30, 2022 who remain continuously employed in a TA or GA position through June 30, 2023

TA APPOINTMENTS FOR FULL TIME PhD STUDENTS:

Full-time PhD students who are paid a salary by Rutgers University to teach courses in a Rutgers University academic program during an academic year and prior to the completion of the fifth year of the doctoral program shall be appointed only as TA's for such assignments.

  • Admission to candidacy status is no longer a consideration in appointing a TA

GRADUATE FELLOWS:

Graduate students, including those funded through fellowships, who are performing the duties of a TA or GA shall be classified as a TA or GA through the academic appointment process.

  • If there is a dispute as to whether a fellow is performing the duties of a TA or a GA, the graduate student or the AAUP-AFT may request a review by the Provost’s Office, as to whether the graduate student should be reclassified as a TA or GA.

TA/GA WORKLOAD:

In reviewing the claim of a TA or GA who reasonably believes that their specifically assigned duties routinely require hours that will cumulatively exceed the hours of effort required by the appointment percentage over its full term, the department chair, unit head or graduate director may: reject the claim, or direct either

(1) an adjustment in specifically assigned duties or,

(2) pending availability and approval of funding, an adjustment in the appointment, which may include an adjustment in compensation based on the annual salary of the TA or GA.

UNIVERSITY CLOSURES:

TAs and GAs should not be required to perform work during the University closures, including, between Christmas Day/Christmas Day observed and New Year's Day/New Year's Day observed and Thanksgiving Day and the day after, unless emergent circumstances require the assignment of work during those periods.

FALL 2024 PHD STUDENTS
(SEPARATE MOA WITH THE AAUP-AFT, NOT PART OF THE NEW CONTRACT):

Beginning with Fall 2024 students entering their PhD graduate program that semester, at the conclusion of a full-time PhD student’s one-year term of appointment as a TA or GA, or following the conclusion of such student’s one-year fellowship, the University shall offer the full-time PhD student support through the completion of the fifth year of the student's doctoral program provided the student is making adequate academic progress in their program through TAships, GAships or University-sponsored fellowships.


Please reach out to your DDA's to obtain guidance on processing an Exception Request Form (ERF) for these appointments.

Resources

SAS Contact Information

Jayla Jackson for Departments in Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Centers
Kisha Phillips - Human Resources Manager