Teaching Assistants

The primary role of an undergraduate Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide supplemental instruction and academic support that benefits students enrolled in the course. TAs work within a variety of courses across academic disciplines. Peer-Led Team Leaders (PLTL) perform TA duties for the Chemistry Department. 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. After the faculty member speaks with his or her TA candidate about the position, he/she must fill out a TA Request Form and a TA/Faculty Contract, which must be signed by both the faculty member and the student.

TAs receive compensation for their time and effort through the CWAA. TAs also receive ongoing guidance from faculty regarding review sessions and course content, as well as general leadership training through the CWAA. This position provides an opportunity to enhance leadership and teaching skills.

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.

TAs may work up to four (4) hours, per week, per section, with a maximum of 2 sections/eight (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.