Electrical Engineering TA Online Application

Electrical Engineering Teaching Assistant Application

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  • Awards of Teaching Assistantships are made on the basis of superior academic performance and promise. Another important factor in the determination of awards is communication skills. Only students with strong academic records and good communication skills are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to arrange to send at least two (2) confidential letters of reference to the Chairperson of Electrical Engineering. The TAST Test is required for all non-native English speaking applicants.

    Preamble

    To enhance the quality of the TA component of our instructional program, the Electrical Engineering Group puts in place the following Electrical Engineering TA Certification Program. The program comprises evaluation of TA qualification, and remediation in cases where needed.

    Evaluation

    Before the first day of classes, the Candidate TA will take a written exam on the course material, prepared and administered by the course instructor. The instructor will evaluate the course evaluation exam as:
    1. TA Certified for the course,
    2. TA Potentially Certifiable,
    3. TA not qualified for the course.
    Additionally, for lab courses, the Candidate TA will take a lab practical exam administered by the EE Laboratory Faculty Associate. The Laboratory Faculty Associate will evaluate the lab practical exam as:
    1. TA Certified for the course,
    2. TA potentially certifiable,
    3. TA not qualified for the course.
    • TA's who pass as certified, are certified to be TA for the EE course.
    • TA's who pass as potentially certifiable must do remedial work to improve their mastery of the material. (Typically, the remediation is to be required to attend the course lecture, or attend lab training offered by the EE Laboratory Faculty Associate.)
    • To be certified for a course, the Candidate TA must pass the course evaluation exam.

    Remediation

    Potentially Certifiable on the written exam:

    • A candidate TA who earns "Potentially Certifiable" on the written exam will attend the course lectures with no more that four absences during the semester. The TA will be evaluated again for certification.
    • If the instructor identifies specific areas of needed work, the instructor may reduce and focus this requirement on the specific areas (such as the lectures of a specific portion of the course).

    Potentially Certifiable on the lab practical:

    • A candidate TA who earns "Potentially Certifiable" on the lab practical will attend training sessions scheduled by the EE Laboratory Faculty Associate and/or sit in on a lab section instructed by a Certified TA; as determined by the course instructor and Laboratory Faculty Associate.
    • If the instructor and Laboratory Faculty Associate identify specific areas of needed work, they may reduce and focus this requirement on the specific areas (such as training sessions focused on a specific laboratory skill).

    Decertification: If the TA receives very poor student or instructor evaluations, the department may decertify the TA for the course.

    Course Appointments: All TA appointments are made by the department, based on departmental needs.