Faculty FAQs

Deadline for TA Requests for Fall 2014: MAY 30, 2014. Please read the FAQs thoroughly before requesting a TA, as some requirements have changed. These changes have been developed in consultation with the faculty members of the Teaching Assistant Advisory Board (TAAB).

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.

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 you or your student are abroad or unavailable to sign the TA/Faculty Contract before the deadline, please be sure to have it signed and turned in to the CWAA by the first day of classes.

Minimum Criteria for TA Request Approval

Please note: satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee you a TA. 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.

  • TA Request submitted by due date (not late). Due date for Fall 2014 requests is MAY 30, 2014.
  • Course enrollment: 10+ students.
  • Supports 100- or 200-level course.
  • TA applicant has earned a 3.0+ GPA.
  • TA applicant has proven his or her competence in the subject matter by previously serving as a CWAA TA or tutor, previously earning an excellent grade in the course (as defined in the Hillbook), or previously working with you (faculty) through SURE, research projects, etc.

Priority is determined by the CWAA Director and Assistant Director, with direct input from the faculty members of the Teaching Assistant Advisory Board (TAAB). The deadline for TA Request Forms is May 30, 2014. 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 the class as a whole. All students are required to follow the College's Community Standards.

TA responsibilities include:

  • TA Review sessions
  • PLTL sessions (chemistry)
  • In-class support and lead class discussions
  • Hold office hours to answer student questions/concerns
  • Conduct course-related research
  • Review and comment on subjective assignments (not grade)
  • Correct objective assignments (not grade)
  • Meet with professor to plan for upcoming review/PLTL 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
  • Provide 1:1 tutoring services outside of the classroom
  • 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 Center for Writing & Academic Achievement.

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, correcting homework, etc.
  • Provide feedback to CWAA and to TA 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 may work up to 4 hours, per week, per course or section, but no more than 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 Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement.

How do I document my TA's hours?

You don't - your TA will document their hours in two ways: their time sheet on myHill and through TutorTrac. In order for the student to be paid, both forms must be submitted at the end of each pay period. MyHill timesheets much match exactly to the hours entered in TutorTrac.

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?

Devon Sprague
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 work one-on-one with students outside the classroom; 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 Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, Dana Wilson.

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.