Resolution Regarding Revision of Definition of Graduate Teaching Assistant

Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies

CGS&P Resolution 99/00 A

Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: November 3, 1999
First Reading at University Council
Approved by University Council
Approved by the President
Effective Date: Immediately

Whereas, the University occasionally uses graduate teaching assistants as instructors of record, and

Whereas, all instructors of record must be qualified to teach the courses that they are assigned, and

Whereas, the University accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) stipulates that Graduate Teaching Assistants who are instructors of record have earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching discipline, and

Whereas, all sources of information and policy documents need to be consistent in reflecting this requirement,

Therefore Let It Be Resolved, that the definition of Graduate Teaching Assistants included in section 2.3.3 of the Faculty Handbook be revised to read as follows:

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) assist faculty in the department in teaching lower division courses, including laboratory teaching assignments, or in providing other appropriate professional assistance. GTAs must have 18 hours of graduate-level course work in their teaching discipline to be assigned full responsibility for teaching a lower division course. GTAs lacking this training will be assigned to work under the supervision of a faculty member who will be the instructor of record for the course.

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