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American Mathematical Society
Policy Statement in Support of Graduate Teaching Assistants

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is dedicated to advancing mathematical research and education, and connecting members of the mathematics community worldwide. We are keenly aware of the essential role that graduate teaching assistants (TAs) play in this endeavor. First their work in the classroom, in some cases as assistants and in others as the primary instructor, is essential to the success of undergraduates in mathematics courses. Second, many graduate students go on to become professors in colleges and universities. Their experience as TAs provides them with the basic training needed to become an effective teacher. Finally, unlike in other sciences where many students are supported on grants, in mathematics most graduate students are supported exclusively by their TA stipend.  Given these considerations, the AMS strongly supports fair and equitable support of graduate student teaching assistants.

Adopted by the Council on January 3, 2023.