What does a Graduate Teaching Assistant do?
Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.
- Lead discussion sections, tutorials, or laboratory sections.
- Evaluate and grade examinations, assignments, or papers and record grades.
- Return assignments to students in accordance with established deadlines.
- Schedule and maintain regular office hours to meet with students.
- Inform students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work, such as lab reports.
- Prepare or proctor examinations.
- Notify instructors of errors or problems with assignments.
- Meet with supervisors to discuss students' grades or to complete required grade-related paperwork.
- Copy and distribute classroom materials.
- Demonstrate use of laboratory equipment and enforce laboratory rules.
- Teach undergraduate level courses.
- Complete laboratory projects prior to assigning them to students so that any needed modifications can be made.
- Develop teaching materials, such as syllabi, visual aids, answer keys, supplementary notes, or course Web sites.
- Provide assistance to faculty members or staff with laboratory or field research.
- Arrange for supervisors to conduct teaching observations; meet with supervisors to receive feedback about teaching performance.
- Attend lectures given by the instructor whom they are assisting.
- Order or obtain materials needed for classes.
- Provide instructors with assistance in the use of audiovisual equipment.
- Assist faculty members or staff with student conferences.