Teaching Assistants

The primary role of an undergraduate Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide academic support that benefits students enrolled in the course. TAs work within a variety of courses across academic disciplines. All students are required to follow the College's Community Standards.

TA positions are merit-based, work-study positions. Faculty members identify talented students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have both the demonstrated knowledge in the content area and the appropriate disposition for working with fellow students. Because TAs work directly with one faculty member and class, most TAs are now overseen by the individual faculty members within the academic departments, rather than the CWAA. 

Those departments overseen by the CWAA include:
Environmental Science
Political Science
Religious Studies

Faculty in the above departments will continue to submit a TA Request Form to the CWAA. If the TA Request is approved, the TA/Faculty Contract must be signed by both the faculty member and the student and submitted to the CWAA by the first week of classes. 

The following minimum criteria for TA request approval have been adopted:

  • TA request submitted by due date (not late).
  • Course enrollment: 18+ students.
  • Supports 100- or 200-level course 
  • TA applicant has earned a 3.0+ GPA 
  • TA responsibilities are clearly defined and include directly assisting students with course work.

TAs perform a variety of duties, including:

  • Hold TA Review sessions
  • Hold PLTL sessions (chemistry)
  • Offer in-class support and assist with class discussions
  • Hold office hours to answer student questions/concerns
  • Meet with professor to plan for upcoming review/PLTL sessions
  • Communicate regularly with faculty member
  • Serve as liaison between students and faculty

For most disciplines, TAs offer review sessions prior to exams, providing the opportunity to re-examine concepts and ask questions in the company of their peers. This peer-to-peer model benefits all students interested in receiving additional academic support.

Depending on the requirements of the TA and the expectations of the faculty member, CWAA TAs typically work 2-4 hours per week, per section, with a maximum of 2 sections (4-8 hours per week). The position commences on the first day of classes and ends on the last day of classes. Any hours outside of those parameters require approval from the Coordinator of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, Susan Wall.