Brian Schmidt explains the new policies regarding specialized TAs.

October 31, 2012
Writer: Hayden Coombs

During the spring and fall semesters of 2012, the Instructional Development Office 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, Brian Schmidt explained the following developments:

1. TA monies will be transferred to academic departments for 2013.  

Funds for specialized TAs will be distributed through academic departments rather than the office of Instructional Development. Department chairs will be responsible for allocating these fund sand faculty can request TA funding from their chair. 

2. 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. 

3. Faculty will be helped to find students with specialized skills. 

Ideas we will investigate and pilot, 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