Teaching Assistants

Undergraduate teaching assistants provide administrative support for general class discussions, offer tutoring sessions, and serve as general classroom assistants. Undergraduates should not take full responsibility for creating or leading any section of the course.

Hiring Process

After an instructor has identified you to be a teaching assistant for his or her course, please contact Linda M. White. There is some paperwork that will need to be completed prior to your being hired.

Submitting Hours/Payment Process

You will receive an email from Linda M. White about the exact dates on which you should submit your timesheets. Typically, the email will be sent two days prior to the cut-off date.

Undergraduate TAs must:

  • Submit timesheets on time in order to receive payment during the period in which hours where worked
  • Not exceed 10 hours a week or 20 hours in a pay period
  • Have the instructor sign the timesheet prior to submitting them to Laurie.

Timesheet

Cut-off dates

Responsibilities and Duties of a TA (Varies With Course and Instructor)

  • Attend lectures and provide feedback
  • Hold a 1-2-hour informal question and answer session each week
  • Facilitate class discussion
  • Hold extra study sessions for exams
  • Tutor students that are in need of extra help
  • Help administer and proctor exams
  • Help with grading exams with instructor present (number-coded exams only)
  • Monitor Blackboard discussions and reply to email questions from students
  • Assist with all of the technology aspects of the class as needed
  • Attend instructor/TA meetings

Areas to Hold Study Sessions or Office Hours

  • Brody Learning Commons
  • Library—Q level
  • Gilman Atrium
  • Schedule a classroom (usually for 15 or more people)
  • Dunning conference room

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education record and prohibits the university from disclosing information from those records without the written consent of the student.

Each student must sign a Confidentiality Agreement stating they understand and will adhere to the FERPA guidelines. The program office needs to have a copy of this on file each semester the student is serving as a TA.