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Teaching Assistant Job Description/ISE Department

Teaching assistants are responsible for assisting their assigned professors in student instruction. Exact duties can vary from class to class, but may include:

  • Creating solution sets for homework and examinations.
  • Assisting students outside of class in understanding course material and assignments.
  • Grading homework assignments.
  • Providing tutorial sessions outside of normal class hours.
  • Instructing students during scheduled laboratory sessions (if applicable).

All teaching assistants are expected to hold a minimum of 2 office hours per week for 25% appointments or 4 office hours per week for 50% appointments. Office hours must be held in the assigned, according to a schedule determined with the instructor and the ISE Department. 

On occasion (no more than twice per semester unless approved by the Chair), teaching assistants may act as a substitute instructor for their assigned professor.

Teaching assistants are not allowed to proctor final examinations.

The normal workload for a 25% appointment is 10 hours per week. The normal workload for a 50% appointment is 20 hours per week.

Ph.D students have priority for TA assignments over other graduate students.


Grader Job Description/ISE Department

Graders are responsible for assisting their assigned professors and/or teaching assistants in grading problem sets and non-essay homework assignments. Graders are expected to meet with professors and/or TAs as needed to discuss assignment grading. Graders may also assist the professors in creating answer sheets and handouts, under direction from the course professor or TA. Graders are not responsible for grading tests, providing classroom instruction or tutorials, or holding office hours.

Workload and compensation varies from course to course depending on the number of students.