When you are employed in an academic position at the university, you should be aware of training and other resources that will help prepare you for your role.
There are several steps you need to take as you begin working as a student employee.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about academic and non-academic employment at the university.
The Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) program can help provide you with opportunities to enhance your skill set, knowledge base and leadership potential so you can excel in the student workforce and in your future career.
Introduction for Teaching Assistants & Assistant Instructors
As a teaching assistant (TA) or assistant instructor (AI), your work impacts the lives of undergraduates and their learning. The work you will do in your role is essential to the university’s mission.
TA and AI duties range from grading, leading review sessions, and hosting office hours to leading field trips, writing exams, and generating course materials. Because responsibilities range so widely, you should arrange to meet with your supervisor as soon as you receive your assignment. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you to find out what is expected of you. Ask for a job description. If one is not available, get a copy of the one provided by the Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) program, a component of Learning Sciences.
Having a clearly articulated job description can help you avoid possible conflicts or misunderstandings with your supervisor. It also provides a tool for self-assessment at the end of the semester, or you may use it to ask your professor to provide feedback in each of the relevant categories.
The Graduate Student Instructor program offers semi-annual conferences on teaching for graduate student instructors.
If you encounter departmental conflicts that you can't resolve, you may want to consult the Employee Assistance Program.
Compliance & Other Training
The university requires that you complete compliance training modules related to your employment, accessible via the Compliance Training System.
Learn details about campus safety measures developed by the Office of Campus Safety and Security.
Get details about the English-language certification program that assists TAs and AIs whose first language is not English and who will hold positions with student contact.