FAQs for Faculty Requesting a TA
Please note: Each semester the CWAA can fund 120 TA positions, though consistently receives far more requests. Please be sure to complete your TA Request Form completely and accurately.
How do I request a TA?
Faculty select their own TA applicant by identifying a talented student with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, who has both the demonstrated knowledge in the content area and the appropriate disposition for working with fellow students. The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement (CWAA) does not recommend students as TAs.
What paperwork do I need to complete?
Faculty need to complete a TA Request Form* and a TA/Faculty Contract* for each TA applicant each semester and submit it to the Center. Due to the increasing demand for TAs, not all requests can be honored. TA Request Forms for the spring semester are due December 1st and forms for the fall semester are due May 1st.
*Please note that the signed contract is due by the first day of classes.
Minimum Criteria for TA Request Approval
Please note: satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee that your request for a TA will be granted. If your request does not satisfy the minimum criteria, your request will be brought to the Teaching Assistant Advisory Board (TAAB) for final evaluation and decision. Preference is given to TA requests that clearly justify the need for a TA to provide assistance to students in their academic pursuits.
- TA Request submitted by due date (not late).
- Course enrollment: 18 students.
- Supports 100- or 200-level courses.
- TA applicant has earned a 3.0 or higher GPA.
- TA responsibilities are clearly defined and include directly assisting students with course work.
Priority is determined by the CWAA Director, with direct input from the faculty members of the Teaching Assistant Advisory Board (TAAB). Late submissions may result in delayed or rejected requests.
What is the role of a TA?
The primary role of a TA is to provide supplemental instruction that benefits students enrolled in the course. All students are required to follow the College's Community Standards.
TA responsibilities include:
- 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
TA responsibilities DO NOT include:
- Proctor examinations or quizzes
- Assign grades
- Conduct research unrelated to class preparation
- Provide clerical support to faculty in departments
- Teach or hold class without the faculty member present
- Conduct personal business for faculty
- Provide 1:1 tutoring services outside of the classroom or office hours.
- Discipline students
Since there is a wide variety of coursework across disciplines, TAs will have different roles and tasks depending on the course. If faculty have questions regarding the role of the TA, please contact the .
What is the role of the Faculty?
Faculty work with TAs by including them in the teaching and learning process. Faculty also:
- Keep open communication with TA via email, phone, in-person meetings, etc.
- Guide TA(s) on best practices for holding review sessions, leading class discussion, etc.
- Provide feedback to the TA and CWAA about TA progress, concerns, etc.
- Promote TA Review Sessions and office hours in class and on the syllabus.
How many hours can I expect my TA to work?
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. A requested TA may be accepted for one or two TA positions, but not three. If you plan to include your TA in a travel LC, please consult the Assistant Dean of General Education, Todd Gernes.
How do I document my TA's hours?
It is your TA’s responsibility to document his/her hours in two ways: a time sheet on MyHill and through TutorTrac. In order for the student to be paid, hoursmust be submitted at the end of each pay period in both systems. MyHill time sheets much match exactly to the hours entered in TutorTrac. TAs who do not consistently complete their TutorTrac and MyHill records may be denied to return as a TA the following semester.
How does my TA reserve a room for Review/PLTL sessions?
All TA sessions should be conducted in a public location and not in residence hall rooms; we ask that you exercise professional judgment in supervising the location of TA interactions to ensure the safety of all students. Please have your TA reserve a room for the semester through Conference and Events. Please see detailed instructions here, which indicate the proper title and description format for the Events Calendar.
Have other questions related to the TA Program?
Please contact Susan Wall, Coordinator for the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, with additional questions either by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (508-565-1570).
Other pertinent information:
- This is a merit-based position, and students will be compensated for their time and effort. Faculty members determine how the TA will contribute to the course and establish mutually-agreeable expectations/outcomes for improved teaching and learning in the course.
- TAs do not provide tutoring for students; that is the role of a Tutor, and our office coordinates these assignments.
- The faculty member is responsible for assigning the final grade on each assignment, quiz, and homework (even if the TA marks it first). The faculty member makes all ultimate decisions related to partial credit.
- If a disciplinary situation arises, TAs should contact his/her faculty member. In the event of an escalated situation, the TA and/or faculty member should contact the Coordinator of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, Susan Wall.
If a student in your class requires additional support, please refer him/her to the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, or fill out a Faculty Referral Form.