GTA/GA Policy: 5. Note to CSSE Faculty


5.1 Recruiting and Supervising GTAs/GAs

5.2 Teaching Assistantship Awarding Preferences

5.3 Courses with Large Enrollments


5.1 Recruiting and Supervising GTAs/GAs

To ensure high-quality GTAs/GAs, the CSSE faculty are encouraged to recommend, with justification, graduate students to the graduate program director (i.e., GPD) as GTAs/GAs for the courses the faculty members are assigned to teach. For example, a good justification might be that a student earned the A grade in the undergraduate course (or its graduate version) that he/she is being recommended for either at Auburn or another institution. Faculty members are also allowed to recommend their graduate student advisees as GTAs/GAs of their courses. Final decisions on GTA assignments will be made by the GPD and are subject to departmental approvals. Therefore, faculty members should not promise graduate teaching assistantships to students verbally or in writing. GTAs/GAs assigned to one course should not be asked to do tasks unrelated to their assigned course(s), including helping with another course the faculty member is teaching.  Any additional work, if voluntarily undertaken by the GTA, should be pre-approved by the GPD and should involve appropriate compensation for the GTA.

5.2 Teaching Assistantship Awarding Preferences

The department prioritizes the award of Teaching/Graduate Assistantships to incoming graduate students as follows (in decreasing order of priority):

(1)   Students, admitted to the doctoral program, hold a Master’s (thesis) degree in CS, SE or a related field

(2)   Students, admitted to the doctoral program, hold a Master’s (non-thesis) degree in CS, SE or a related field

(3)   Students, admitted to the doctoral program, hold a Bachelor’s degree in CS, SE or a related field

(4)   Students, admitted to the master’s program, hold a Bachelor’s degree in CS, SE or a related field

Note that this preference rule only applies to the award of assistantships. All qualified students will be considered for admission to our graduate program leading to MS or PhD degrees.

5.3 Courses with Large Enrollments

The CSSE faculty should discuss the possibility of assigning additional GTAs/GAs to your course if it has a large enrollment (e.g., 60+). Whether additional GTAs/GAs will be assigned or not depends on several factors, such as class sizes, availability of students, and funds. Such decisions on additional GTAs/GAs rests with the GPD in consultation with the department chair.





Last Updated: 9/8/17 5:50 PM