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This information was passed out during the TA training session held during orientation week. As it is generally very helpful for new TAs we are including it in the wiki as well.

Thanks to Dr. Melissa Kinney, Duke alumna and former Duke TA, for this resource.

 Questions for TAs to Ask the Lecturing Professor

1. What are my responsibilities?

  • Grading?
  • Office Hours?
  • Class Attendance?
  • Audiovisual Equipment?
  • Lecturing?
  • Making Copies?
  • Placing Readings on E-Reserves?

2. What are your expectations of me as your TA?

3. What times during the semester should I reserve in my schedule for TA related responsibilities?

4. Do you want to set up a weekly meeting with me to discuss course related activities?

5. May I have a copy of the textbook and other course related materials?

6. Will the class have any field trips? If so, what do you expect of me?

7. Is there any point during the semester when I will need to drive a Duke vehicle?

8. Do I need to reserve AV equipment fo rthe entire semester? If so, what equipment is needed? Could I receive at least two days notice if any additional equipment is needed?

9. Do you have any readings that need to go on e-reserve? It takes the library two weeks to make the readings available, so if any readings need to be submitted later in the semester this deadline needs to be kept in mind.

10. Would it be possible to have at least two days notice for any copies that need to be made and distributed in class? Can you get copy privileges added to my Duke ID?

11. How many days do I have to complete grading?

12. May I have at least one week's notice for any assignments you would like me to create?

13. Will there be any guest speakers in the class? If so, what AV equipment do they need? Do I need to make any travel arrangements for them?

14. Is there a location other than my office that can be used to talk to students during office hours?

15. Is there anything that I need to be doing during class? Taking attendance? Taking notes? Other responsibilities?

16. Are there any opportunities for me to lead a lecture?

17. How many TAs will be helping with this class?

18. How do you plan to let me know of any of your expectations throughout the semester? Weekly meetings? Discussions after class? Email?

19. How many hours should I budget weekly to complete my TA duties?

_Table adapted from http://www.utexas.edu/academic/dila/gsl/teaching/Jobduties.pdf_

 Duty

How Often?

Expected Dates

Resources to Assist

Attend Classes

 

 

 

Read Textbook/Assignments

 

 

 

Take Attendance

 

 

 

Take Class Notes

 

 

 

Maintain Office Hours

 

 

 

Conduct Review Sessions

 

 

 

Conduct Lab Sessions

 

 

 

Grade Homework

 

 

 

Grade Essays/Papers

 

 

 

Show Videos

 

 

 

Conduct Field Trips

 

 

 

Prepare Teaching Materials

 

 

 

Write Exam Questions

 

 

 

Proctor Exams

 

 

 

Grade Exams

 

 

 

Arrange Scantron Grading

 

 

 

Maintain Class Records

 

 

 

Meet with Professor or Other TAs

 

 

 

Coordinate Other TA's Duties

 

 

 

Prepare Mid-Semester Reports

 

 

 

Help Compute Final Grades

 

 

 

Communicate with Students Online

 

 

 

Develop or Maintain Course Website

 

 

 













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