How do I request a TA?
Faculty select their own TA (they are not assigned). Faculty should identify a talented student, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, who has both the demonstrated skills/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 Teaching Assistant/Faculty Contract each semester and submit it to the Center. Given budget constraints, not all requests can be honored. Priority is determined by the Department Chairpersons. Typically, introductory courses are granted the most support. Requests are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for TA Request Forms is December 13, 2013. 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 TA sessions should be conducted in a public location and not in residence hall rooms. Please have your TA reserve a room for the semester through Conference and Events. We ask that you exercise professional judgment in supervising the location of TA interactions to ensure the safety of all students. All students are required to follow the College's Community Standards.
What is the role of the Faculty?
Faculty mentor TAs by including them in the teaching and learning process. Some faculty include their TAs in the following ways: developing the course itself, leading class discussions, supporting special projects outside of class, and providing valuable feedback to students during the semester.
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 CWAA Director. 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?
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 time sheets much match exactly to the hours entered in TutorTrac.
Have other questions related to the TA Program?
Interim 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. For further clarification on the role of a TA, please refer to the guidelines below.
- 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.
TA responsibilities include:
- Facilitate in-class discussions
- Direct peer led team learning (PLTL)
- Hold review sessions outside of class
- Assist with exam preparation
- Review and comment on drafts of work
- Correct objective assignments, quizzes, and homework
- Provide lab support for students
- Assist with co-curricular activities
- Conduct course-related research
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.