Foreign Languages and Literature

APPENDIX 3       Approved 11/20/1998; Updated 4/25/2005.

ASSISTANTSHIP DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) are required to perform 20 hours of service per week for the department by either (A) teaching elementary language courses or (B) leading two discussion sections a semester in the Western Traditions program. TAs are assigned to A or B service according to the department’s needs. Failure to accept a teaching assignment constitutes forfeiture of the Assistantship.

TAs assigned to elementary language instruction normally teach either one course in the Fall semester and two courses in the Spring semester, or two courses in the Fall semester and one course in the Spring semester, according to the department's needs.

TAs are required to be enrolled in and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in the department per semester to retain their Assistantships.

TAs assigned to lead Western Traditions discussion sections must consult with the chair of Western Traditions to ascertain their duties.

TAs assigned to teach French or German courses must consult with the French or German section coordinator to ascertain their duties.

TAs assigned to teach Spanish courses must consult with the basic Spanish language program coordinator to ascertain their duties.

Fall semester duties begin the 4th week of August and end the 3rd week of December; Spring semester duties begin the 3rd week of January and end the 3rd week of May. The Spring semester includes a one-week break. First-time TAs are required to attend mandatory orientation meetings the week before instruction begins, and are required to satisfactorily complete FLL 703 (offered once a year).

TAs who request it may receive a copy of the department's By-Laws. Questions about the By-Laws should be directed to the department chair or to the chair of the By-Laws committee.