The primary role of a Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide supplemental instruction that benefits individual students and the class as a whole. TAs work within a variety of courses across academic disciplines.
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.
Teaching Assistant positions are merit-based, and students receive compensation for their time and effort through the CWAA. TAs receive on-going mentoring from faculty, and have the opportunity to enhance their leadership and teaching skills.
TAs perform a variety of duties, including:
- Facilitating classroom discussions
- Directing peer led team learning
- Assisting with exam preparation
- Reviewing and commenting on drafts of written work
- Correcting objective assignments, quizzes, and homework
- Providing lab support
- Assisting with co-curricular activities
- Conducting course related research
TAs occasionally offer review sessions prior to exams, providing the opportunity to 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 are approved to work up to 4 hours per week, per course or section. Additional hours must be pre-approved by the CWAA.