Questions tagged [teaching-assistant]

Questions concerning the use of graduate students as course instructors, usually under the supervision of a faculty member.

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Dating my TA after the fall semester [duplicate]

Long story short, my TA and I have expressed romantic feelings for each other; I’m a man while she’s a woman, if that matters. We’ve not acted on our feelings yet, but now that grades are submitted ...
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Is it normal for a professor to contact only one specific TA regarding the course?

I am one of the teaching assistants for a course with multiple TAs. However, the professor keeps sending all the important information regarding the course, like when the exams are, information about ...
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Department forcing me to teach a course even though my advisor has funds available to fund me from a grant

My advisor has funds for me to use for research from his grant so that I don't have to teach in my final semester. Unfortunately my department is denying the request and forcing me to teach a course ...
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Am I being taken advantage of as a teaching assistant?

I'm a valedictorian of a university and wanted to continue the research path by applying for a teaching assistant position at my faculty. After submitting the profile, the faculty announced that I ...
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Summer or part-time teaching as a PhD student

I'm a PhD student in math/applied math. I hope to become a professor eventually, and would like more teaching experience (my program doesn't provide much). It is possible and/or recommended to get an ...
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Do outside-funded graduate students normally have TA or grading responsibilities in the US?

Assuming a student has full funding from an outside source. Do the TA and grading responsibilities become optional?
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Best practices after the termination of your teaching assistantship

My university is an "at will" employer. Graduate students are not unionized. I'm a PhD student and I'm sensing a possibility for a TAship termination, so I want to explore possibilities. (1) ...
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Dealing with a micromanaging instructor, as a teaching assistant

I'm a teaching assistant at a US university for a calculus class. My major duties are to write worksheets and then grade them along with the homework. I have been a TA long enough (5 years now) to ...
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Am I too young to be a TA for a Master's programme?

I will graduate from my Master's programme in a week. I did exceptionally well and landed a TA position within the same department. I am truly humbled by the faith that my professors have put in me ...
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Got negative teaching reviews, can this affect my prospects for postdoc

I’m a sociology PhD student in the EU. Back in September, I started teaching a recitation class. My MSc is from another institution (which is also in another country – I moved from Finland to France......
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Is it unusual for UK univerisities to give tuition waivers to teaching assistants?

I've been checking the websites of different UK universities for teaching assistantship benefits. None of the websites I've visited so far disclose the specific benefits that TAs receive. So, I wonder ...
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Is it polite to ask about scholarship/assistantship opportunities during a Ph.D. interview at a UK university?

I am scheduled for an interview in August for a Ph.D. program that I applied to at a UK university. However, even if I get an offer of place on the program, I would not be able to accept it unless I ...
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Are undergraduate TAs appropriate/ normal in upper level courses?

I came back to school after a long break (5+ years) and jumped right back into higher level courses (junior and senior level courses). First thing I noticed was that a professor did not lecture or ...
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As a TA how to ask for more time to prepare tutorials

I am currently a graduate TA and my duties include preparing tutorials for an undergrad course, we are supposed to prepare the sessions based on the material sent to us by the professor. The problem ...
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I've developed a close relationship with my past graduate teaching assistant, and I'm very interested in her: is it appropriate to pursue this?

The graduate teaching assistant I'm interested in taught one of my introductory courses. She needed research assistants, so I decided to join her lab. From all this we became very close. Ever since ...
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Is it okay to publish less and teach more during your PhD? (CS USA)

Background: I read this Quora post where someone mentioned they TA'ed pretty much their entire PhD tenure and took up extra TA spots as well for the same because they really liked teaching. The person ...
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Is my university using TA's excessively?

Currently, at a broad level, the scenario I am observing is as follows: Tasks by Instructor (assistant professor, associate professor, professor) Collecting presentations from either the internet or ...
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What to do with students requesting deadline extension due to the death of a relative (but without a doctor's note)?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant for several courses in STEM in the US at the college level. During the past two semesters since Covid19 started, I have noticed that whenever a deadline ...
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How do I voice my opinion that the teaching of students is being neglected?

I'm in a Phd program right now and it seems there are some unethical practices going on in my department. Examples include: testing over irrelevant material or material that was not really covered, ...
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Losing one's teaching assistantship due to weird circumstances [closed]

So my best friend is sort of in a strange situation. We are in the same graduate program. Here's the story. Last semester I was stuck in a class with a professor with an extremely weird way of running ...
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How to grade unequal contributions to group work as a TA bound by instructor's rules

I am a TA for a freshman course in the humanities at a US university. Due to pandemic restrictions, the class is entirely online and the medium through which students learn is Canvas. Lectures are pre-...
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How can I deal with students who try to steer a course (in the online setting)?

I am not a course instructor, but I am a teaching assistant for a large course in STEM in the large US school. I have been soliciting advice from students to improve the course and tutorial for the ...
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How can I motivate the teaching assistants to grade more strictly?

I am a lecturer in charge of a course with over 250 students and several TAs. The TAs are partly responsible for grading the homework assignments. Since these are assignments in programming, no two ...
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How to deal with student's feedback about tutor

I'm a professor's assistant and design the exercises for his class. Each week the students are assigned some homework, which will be corrected by a tutor. I got an email from a student, who "...
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How should a prof assign duty for a course with a discussion forum/board?

I am (with a few fellow TAs) helping a prof with an online course in STEM that has a discussion forum/board. However, it seems to me that this wasn't really thought through and now we have reached a ...
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Is it normal to have grad student instructors for upper division classes?

I'm almost done with my undergraduate degree (B.S. in a physical science) and, looking back, a good portion of my upper division major classes have been taught by grad students. Is this normal? I hope ...
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How common is it for universities to cover tuition and offer stipend for Master's students for RA/TA positions (USA)? [closed]

From my googling I found that only about 30% of the universities I looked at (in Computer Science) offer Research Assistant (RA)/Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to Master's students that cover ...
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Should I let a bad mark from 10 years ago discourage me from taking on a TAship? [duplicate]

10 years ago it was my first year in University and I bombed a course in programming. I had no programming experience and was competing with people have been programming since 10. I felt stupid and my ...
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Is it okay to reproduce the work as a teaching assistant?

Next week, I need to give a lecture on a topic (say T). I surveyed over the internet and found excellent video lectures by a professor (Say P). I learned T thoroughly. I can able to answer any ...
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What do professors do if they receive a complaint about incompetence of a teaching assistant?

If a professor is teaching a course with a significant number of students. My university randomly assigns teaching assistants (TAs) to courses. For example, I was given the assistantship of an ...
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How can teaching assistants deal with grade disputes?

From the answers to this question, it is clear that TAs in the US are usually responsible for grading students' work. In my country, most of the TAs face the following challenges: Students confront ...
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Do TAs in the US usually grade student responses?

In my country, many institutes have the custom of TAs evaluating and distributing the marks of students of that particular course the TA is handling. I am wondering whether it is a part of academic ...
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How much course preparation, grading, and student question handling can be reasonably expected of a graduate TA? [closed]

I am creating all homeworks, quizzes (two per week), exams (2x75 questions), review questions (2x75), projects, 20-page lecture notes (two per week), and answering all student e-mails, along with ...
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What is an "evidence based" teaching statement?

(I'm a PhD student in mathematics, for context.) What do people mean when they say that claims in a teaching statement should be "evidence based?" For background, I have been watching my ...
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TA salary between different university departments

Recently, I was talking to some fellow grad students and the issue of money came up. I was shocked to find out my two friends who are TA's in the philosophy and physics departments at the same ...
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Advice for first time mathematics TA during the COVID-19 pandemic [closed]

I'm set to start my first year as a TA at a large R1 institution. My teaching assignment consists of being a TA for an honors calculus I section. This includes holding a weekly problem solving session ...
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As a master's student, will a GRA or GTA position provide a greater benefit for PhD applications? [closed]

I am a Master's student with goals to pursue a PhD. I am currently a graduate research assistant (GRA), but have been offered a GTA (graduate teaching assistant) position in Machine Learning. The ...
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What to do about past errors or inconsistencies in assignments I graded?

I was a grader for my university couple of years ago. I'm also a PhD student. Out of the five semesters I graded..I got a "not fit for rehire" 3 times. I was not responsive, didn't cater to ...
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Why lab sessions are handled by TAs?

Consider a course (say machine learning). Professors attend to deal with a theoretical part and then does not involve in the coding part. The task of handling the coding part is left to the TAs of the ...
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Best way to apply for position as a teaching assistant

Soon, I'll start my last year of undergraduate studies in physics. At my university it is possible (but not too common for undergraduates) to be employed as a teaching assistant for a first year's ...
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TAing for two young hotshot postdocs (possible "in" for future research)? or TAing a lab with more student engagement?

Incoming theoretical physics PhD student in the US. I hope to get into academia after my PhD. When listing TA preferences, would it behoove my career goal more to list as my top preference a course ...
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Does saying ''I don't know" often decrease my authority as teaching assistant?

I worked as a TA for several courses. Some courses fall into the domain in which my research also happens. But some other courses are not at all familiar to me. My Institute conducts tutorial classes ...
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Is it ethical for professors to ask graduate students to teach? [closed]

Universities require a doctorate degree to apply for a faculty position which involves both teaching and research. Even if the professor did not receive any formal training in pedagogy, it is expected ...
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I think my TA winked at me and have developed feelings. Should I ask her out after the semester ends? [duplicate]

TLDR: I have feelings for my TA, think she winked at me, and would like to ask her out after the end of the semester. So my eyes do this weird thing sometimes when I'm sleep-deprived or stressed ...
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got a TAship award- is it a difficult task [closed]

i am awarded TAship to fund my phd studies although i know TA roles and responsibilities and actually quite excited to carry out these tasks but on the other hand i am dreading a little that what if i ...
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query related to Teaching Assistantship award

As a newly admitted student in PhD program, I have been awarded TA ship by my department for academic year Fall 2020-spring 2021. the stipend is quite generous that is 2300usd/month. In funding letter ...
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Can PhD students turn down teaching assistantships?

This question deals with PhD programs which guarantee their students funding via teaching assistantships in the US. In order to have more time for themselves (e.g., for PhD research, or for working a ...
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Tips for transition to online classrooms given university shutdowns in response to COVID-19

Given the recent shutdowns of many universities across the world, there's an increased interest in online education techniques. In my case, I am a TA for a quantum chemistry class, and I'm finding it ...
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How should I approach the issue of students not writing their name and student number on an exam?

I am a teaching assistant (TA) in a second-year undergraduate course and have just received the results of my students' multiple choice midterm exam, which were marked by an optical marking ("Scantron"...
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Offered TA position two months before, head assitant no longer responds

At the beginning of the last semester, I responded to a TA offer which was online, met with the head assistant of the course, meeting was positive, and I did all the needed talks and paperworks with ...

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