Departmental Policy on Teaching Assistants and Graders

Teaching Assistants

  1. Teaching Assistants are responsible for discussion sections of courses that are taught by a member of the regular faculty.
  2. Under the supervision of the course instructor, TAs are to participate in the group preparation of each week's sections, including the pulling of slides for the discussion sections. They are also responsible for preparing individually for their sections.
  3. Under the supervision of the course instructor, TAs are to participate in the preparation of exams and paper assignments.
  4. Under the supervision of the course instructor, TAs have the responsibility of grading exams and paper assignments and reporting those grades in a timely fashion as determined by the course instructor. TAs are also charged with maintaining proper records of students' grades as well as their attendance and absence from class.
  5. TAs are expected to attend the lectures of the course for which they are assistants, unless they are explicitly exempted from this by the course instructor.
  6. TAs are to assist the instructor in preparing assignments and in administering examinations.
  7. TAs have no responsibilities or obligations to a faculty member or a course beyond those listed above.

Graders

Courses enrolling 50 or more students are entitled to a grader. A second grader may be assigned when the enrollment reaches 90.

Each gradership pays $750.

Graders are to grade quizzes, exams, and papers under the supervision of the instructor of the course. For a course enrolling up to 100, the instructor is expected to divide the grading for the course equally with the graders. For courses enrolling above 100, additional graders will be assigned as the budget permits. In such courses the enrollment above 100 will be divided among all the student graders for the course.

Graders are required to attend the courses (including the exams) they grade for unless they have the explicit permission of the instructor not to attend. Graders should be present from the beginning of the term.

Graders have no responsibilities or obligations to a faculty member or a course beyond those listed above. Graders are not expected to prepare syllabuses, assignments, or exams, pull slides for classes, or make or order slides.

Students may not work over 20 hours per week total at the University of Virginia without the permission of the Graduate Director and the Associate Dean. Approval to work over 20 hours will be granted only on a semester-by-semester basis.


 
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