Teaching Assistants (T.A.'s) are highly valued members of the Washington University instructional team. The duties of a teaching assistant vary widely across the disciplines. They may include assisting faculty in the preparation, instruction and grading of an undergraduate course; tutorial responsibilities; monitoring the laboratory segment of an undergraduate course; and, in some instances, full course responsibility.
- T.A. Training - Each department serves as the primary source of Teaching Assistant (T.A.) training, through course-specific supervision and evaluation and through discipline-specific instruction in pedagogy.
- University-wide T.A. Orientation - All first year teaching assistants are required to attend the annual T.A. Orientation which is organized by The Teaching Center.
- Teaching Assistant Training Workshops - The Teaching Center also sponsors interdisciplinary workshops on teaching topics specifically designed for Graduate Students. The Teaching Center offers a specialized series of Teaching with Technology Workshops led by the Liberman Graduate Fellows; these are designed to help Ph.D. students learn to use new media options in University classrooms. Ph.D. students may enroll in individual workshops or as part of the Teaching Citation Program.
- Teaching Assistant Handbook - The Graduate School has produced the Teaching Assistant Handbook in order to provide every Teaching Assistant with an overview of University policies and expectations, as well as resources available to support graduate students’ teaching and professional development.
For more information on Teaching Assistantships, contact your Graduate Program Director.
The Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence
Each Spring the Dean of the Graduate School invites departments to nominate TA candidates for the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence as a recognition of the importance of TA contributions to the University. The Award inlcudes a certificate of recognition and a generous cash prize.
TA Online Survey
Beginning in Fall 2007, online surveys have been conducted among the Graduate School Teaching Assistants to determine how we can improve the TA experience for graduate students and learning experiences for undergraduate students. Results of these surveys as well as the Graduate Council Teaching & Professional Committee responses to the areas of concern are compiled in an Executive Summary Report.
Please click here to review the current 2008 - 2013 Executive Summary.
To view past Executive Summary Reports click here .
A Spring TA Survey will be conducted annually. If you serve as a TA during the Spring semester, you will receive a detailed email regarding the survey. Please respond to the online survey when you have completed your TA responsibilities for the semester.