Specialized Teaching Assistant
During the spring and fall semesters of 2012 Instructional Development piloted a program to fund specialized teaching assistants. The intent was to learn how to better optimize faculty time, increase student employment, and strengthen collaboration between faculty and students.
After piloting the program for two semesters, we are preparing to:
- Transfer all new TA monies to academic departments beginning January 2013. Funds for specialized TAs will be distributed through academic departments rather than Instructional Development. Department chairs will receive additional student employment funds in 2013. Faculty can request this funding for TAs from their department chair.
- Training workshops for TAs will continue. Additional specialized trainings will be developed and advertised. Currently new TA , I-Learn, and writing evaluation workshops are available.
- Faculty will be helped to find students with specialized skills. Ideas we will investigate and pilot in 2013, if possible, are an applicant pool, H.R. head hunting and screening, and a temporary job agency (with highly skilled students).
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact Brian Schmidt at extension 1154 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below two faculty members share their experiences using TAs in a specialized manner.