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Guidelines for Teaching and Research Assistants
A number of graduate students receive financial support through
assistantships. Unlike fellowships and grants, Teaching Assistantships (TA's)
and Research Assistantships (RA's) come with responsibilities that provide
rewarding and beneficial experiences. These positions should be viewed by
students and faculty as important opportunities to further one's career in
engineering. While responsibilities and expectations differ between TA's and
RA's, there are some important guidelines which are applicable to both roles
which are outlined below.
Guidelines Which Apply to both TA's and RA's:
- All TA's and RA's must register for the 0 credit course CEE405 (TA's)
and CEE406 (RA's) each semester. This provides a record of satisfactory or
unsatisfactory performance in the position.
- All assistantships (both TA's and RA's) carry a 20 hr/wk appointment.
This leaves 20+ hours a week for graduate students to complete their course
work and thesis research. Thesis research may be distinct from research
conducted as an RA.
- Graduate students and faculty advisor(s) should establish specific
expectations at the beginning of each semester. This will ensure that all
parties are cognizant of the specific responsibilities and aware of any
major deadlines associated with a particular assistantship.
- Provide regular updates on your progress to your faculty advisor(s).
Most professors are very busy, and if regular meetings are not scheduled by
your faculty advisor(s), you should take the initiative to schedule them.
- Do not leave on vacation or during semester breaks without first
discussing this with your faculty advisor(s). The responsibilities of
graduate assistantships do not end with the final exam of each semester.
Often, as in the case of winter holiday break, it is expected that graduate
assistants work on their assignments (when the University is open) unless
previous arrangements have been made with your faculty advisor(s).
- Funded graduate students receive priority for student offices. Please
make good use of this space.
- Telephones are for business related calls only.
Guidelines Which Apply to TA's:
- Each TA will have at most two advisors: (1) advisor for TA position
termed the teaching advisor (TAD) and (2) research advisor (RAD). Research
advisor will act as academic advisor and chair of thesis committee.
- The primary function of a TA is to provide support and assistance to
their TAD. Their responsibilities may include; attending course lectures
and/or laboratories, assisting instructor in preparation of course materials
or laboratory experiments, providing instruction for course recitations
and/or laboratories, performing trial runs of lab experiments to ensure
quality control, grading course assignments, holding office hours for
students, ordering, tracking, and cataloging materials and supplies used and
needed in the teaching laboratory, maintenance of equipment including
routine checks on the proper operation and condition of all laboratory
equipment, and review and enforcement of safety and security guidelines.
- The TA may have other responsibilities necessary to their position and
will be notified of them by their TAD.
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