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.
If you are a faculty member in one of the following departments, please submit the TA Request Form to the CWAA. All other faculty members requesting TAs will work directly with their department to determine TA positions.
The following information is intended for faculty who are requesting TAs through the CWAA.
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. If the request is approved, a TA/Faculty contract will be sent to you with your confirmation email.
*The signed contract is due by end of the first week of classes. It is important that you and your TA review the items on the contract together. Please do not submit a contract with your request.
Minimum Criteria for TA Request Approval
Please note: satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee you a TA. Preference is given to TA requests that clearly justify the need for a TA to provide assistance to students in their academic pursuits. Late submissions may result in delayed or rejected requests.
- 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.
What is the role of a TA?
The primary role of a TA is to provide academic support that benefits students enrolled in the course. All TAs are required to follow the College's Community Standards.
TA responsibilities include:
- TA Review sessions
- In-class support and lead class discussions
- Hold office hours to answer student questions/concerns
- Meet with professor to plan for upcoming review sessions
- Serve as liaison between students and faculty
TA responsibilities DO NOT include:
- Proctor examinations
- Grade high stakes assignments
- Conduct research unrelated to class preparation
- Provide clerical support to faculty in departments
- Teach class without the faculty member present
- Conduct personal business for faculty
- Discipline students
- *Provide 1:1 tutoring services outside of the classroom
*If a TA would like to tutor students, he or she must contact the CWAA.
Since there is a wide variety of coursework across disciplines, TAs will have different roles and tasks depending on the course.
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 in class and on syllabus.
How many hours can I expect my TA to work?
TAs typically work 2-4 hours, per week, per course or section. 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.
Have other questions related to the TA Program?
Assistant Director for the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement
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 their 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.
- Please be sure to complete your TA Request Form completely and accurately.
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.