Teaching Assistantships

CCA’s graduate teaching assistantship program offers graduate students meaningful, sustained, and practical teaching experience.

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Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

Teaching assistants (TAs) are selected and placed by the graduate programs through a competitive application process. TAs are generally assigned to introductory-level undergraduate courses.

The following goals help ensure CCA’s graduate teaching assistantship program remains a vital and viable part of the graduate experience:

  • Provide TAs with mentoring from an experienced faculty member who is committed to sharing the skills and knowledge needed for successful teaching and course design.
  • Offer graduate students with experience and feedback to enable them to be successful in the kinds of teaching opportunities they are most likely to encounter upon completing their degrees.
  • Lend assistance to undergraduate faculty and students in realizing the learning outcomes of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Augment financial support to graduate students as they develop professional skills.

Program Allotments & Eligible Courses

Each semester, the assistant directors of each division compile a selection of undergraduate courses eligible for TA assignments. (Note: The number of teaching assistantships is limited.)

Application, Selection & Evaluation

Applications and all relevant materials and policies are available as PDFs at Graduate TA applications.

Procedures

  • Graduate students submit applications to their respective graduate program managers by the stated deadlines.
  • Teaching assistantships are awarded by the graduate program chairs or faculty committee appointed for this purpose. Program managers administer the process throughout, communicating the offer/assignment to the TA and the faculty mentor; program managers also provide the finalized placement lists to the assistant/associate directors.
  • TA expectations, guidelines, and assessment forms are available at Graduate TA/Faculty Guidelines.
  • The teaching assistants and mentoring faculty submit written evaluations of one another at the end of the course. The TA’s home program keeps the evaluation on file. Student evaluations of the TA will also be collected. Graduate TAs have access to all evaluations.

The selection of graduate students for teaching assistantships and their specific assignments is made on the basis of merit, undergraduate course needs, and mentor-TA compatibility. An applicant’s experience and particular skills also factor as selection criteria.

Preference is given to continuing students who have yet to hold a TA position in prior semesters. Programs should rotate TA placement through experienced faculty members. As a general rule, a single faculty member should not mentor more than one TA per year.