A Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
I am pleased to extend my best wishes for a successful year as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At UNC Greensboro, excellence in teaching is a central part of our mission. As a teaching assistant your work in the classroom is directly related to the quality of our educational offerings.
The Graduate Teaching Assistant Program is designed to provide you with information that will help you develop your teaching philosophy, and add to your repertoire of teaching skills. Today’s workshop covers those areas of teaching that are of concern to all graduate teaching assistants, regardless of your level of contractual responsibility in the classroom. During a regular fall or spring semester, UNCG employs some graduate students as Senior Teaching Assistants (STA). Those of you with this designation serve as instructors of record for undergraduate courses and you are considered part-time faculty. Others are hired as Teaching Assistants (TA). Your responsibilities may include a variety of activities that supplement a professor’s instruction and may include supervising recitation sessions, facilitating class discussions, grading papers or examinations, and/or supervising laboratory sections. Your individual contract specifies whether you are appointed as an STA or TA. The Terms and Conditions of Appointment describe the requirements and procedures for your employment as well as required academic qualifications. All graduate teaching assistants are supervised and evaluated by a faculty member.
Our Graduate Assistant Program extends well beyond today’s session. There are numerous opportunities to develop your teaching and leadership skills offered throughout the year, both through the Graduate School and the University Teaching and Learning Commons. For example, you may be interested in enrolling in our Preparing Future Faculty program (PFF), which is part of our Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) initiative. It offers valuable non-credit workshops on many aspects of teaching and learning. Upon completion of the program, a notation is made on your university transcript. In addition, I hope you will also take advantage of any training that may occur within your department. Your assigned faculty supervisor will also serve as a valuable resource and mentor.
We at the Graduate School have prepared this website to help you prepare for your teaching responsibilities. It will provide you with valuable information about University history and policy, as well as staff resources and ways to become a more effective teacher.
Developing as a classroom teacher is an important part of your professional growth. Serving as a teaching assistant will provide you an opportunity to share your passion for your discipline and enable you to create an environment for enthusiasm, excitement, and active learning in your classroom. Please know you are welcome to visit with us in the Graduate School at any time; we are here to help you. Most of all, enjoy your year as a teaching assistant.
Kelly J. Burke
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
What is the Graduate School?
The Graduate School is the home of graduate education at UNCG. More than 3,400 students are currently enrolled in over 50 certificate, 55 masters, 26 doctoral, and 2 education specialist programs, situated within the colleges and schools of the University. All matters of policy, procedures, and graduate curriculum are developed, approved, and implemented in consultation with the academic programs and the Graduate Studies Committee. The Graduate School comprises a dedicated group of faculty and staff who work with all graduate students, other University offices, and with individual departments or programs to ensure the excellence of graduate education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Directory – We are here to help you
- The University Resource Guide – Additional university resources
- Academic Calendars – You should sign up for Twitter reminders
- The Graduate School Calendar – Subscribe to this Google calendar
- Teaching Assistant Work Schedule – The 2016-17 work schedule
View the Teaching Assistant Training Videos here.
Your Teaching Assistant FAQ
- $6,000 for Masters students
- $8,000 for Master of Fine Arts students
- $9,600 for Doctoral students
Limited liability protection provided by state law for all University personnel also applies to Teaching Assistants arising in connection with their role as Teaching Assistants. In certain circumstances, the State may provide for the defense of a civil or criminal action brought against a Teaching Assistant in his or her official capacity. By observing established University policies and procedures for instruction, the Teaching Assistant can avoid the need for such services. Some general guidelines to follow include:
- Appropriate supervision of students during class time to minimize student risk from criminal, violent, or otherwise dangerous behavior;
- Proper and timely instruction of students in safety procedures for lab classes and other situations where improper use of supplies or equipment may create dangerous situations;
- Compliance with students’ rights to privacy regarding records, grades and personal information;
- Discretion and courtesy in handling student problems.
In compliance with FERPA, UNCG policy requires that personally identifiable information from a student’s educational record may not be disclosed to any third party in the absence of written permission from the student, except in the case of a UNCG official with a legitimate educational interest in the information. You are expected to maintain the confidentiality of your students’ private information.To become informed about FERPA compliance, please read carefully the information provided by the Office of the General Counsel:
For more information, see Classroom Technology Support Training and Consultation.
To be given a key, basic training on proper use of the teaching station is required. This typically takes only 5 to 10 minutes. To request a key and a brief training session, contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu. An appointment must be made to assure someone is present to conduct the training and issue the key.
For updated instructions on reporting grades, go to the University Registrar’s website: http://reg.uncg.edu/faculty/grading/
Instructors can also reserve, book, and borrow a range of technology for instructional use through the Instructional Technology Collection in Jackson Library.
The Teaching Resources Center in 310 School of Education Building and the Instructional Technology Collection in Jackson Library also have laptops available for checkout for a 4 hour time limit.
Instructors may withdraw students from a course for behavior that is deemed by the instructor to be disruptive to the class. The grade assigned will be “W” if the behavior occurs before the deadline for dropping a course without academic penalty, and instructors have the option of giving a “W” or “WF” if the behavior occurs after the deadline.
If you believe you have been treated unfairly on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, military veteran status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation, you should contact your immediate supervisor or the next level supervisor if the immediate supervisor is the subject of the allegation. Because you are also a student, you are encouraged to contact Office of Student Affairs. UNCG provides both faculty and affirmative action grievance procedures.
If a Graduate Teaching Assistant has a complaint relating to his or her teaching function, every effort should be made to resolve the issue with the faculty mentor or departmental director of graduate studies. If the supervisor or director cannot resolve the problem, the matter may then be referred to the department head.
The University does not condone amorous relationships between either students and employees or students and instructors. Members of the University community should avoid such liaisons, which can harm affected students and damage the integrity of the University. For a full statement of the policy see Policy 300.4.1 Improper Relationships, Between Students and Employees.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are illegal and endanger the environment of tolerance, civility, and mutual respect. It is the University’s policy that sexual harassment constitutes misconduct justifying disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
If your teaching assignment will involve exposing yourself or your students to possible hazards, you must adhere to the University’s rules and regulations for safe operation. Students will look to you for direction should an emergency occur and it is especially important that you know what to do and what resources are available before an incident occurs.