GTA/GA Policy: 1. General Information


1.1 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs)

1.2 Duties of Graduate Teaching Assistants

1.3 Credit Hours

1.4 Office Hours

1.5 Eligibility

1.6 Test of Spoken English for International Teaching Assistants

1.7 Applications and Evaluations


1.1 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs)

A graduate teaching assistant is classified as a GTA (e.g., in COMP1000 and COMP1100), if at least 50% of his/her responsibility as a teaching assistant is devoted to the direct instruction of students in classrooms or computer laboratories. If the assistant’s role is a grader (e.g., a grader for COMP3500), he or she will be categorized as a graduate assistant (GA) rather than a graduate teaching assistant (GTA).

1.2 Duties of Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and graduate assistants (GAs) work with the CSSE faculty, supporting professors in a variety of ways. For example, GTAs may teach lower-level undergraduate courses; GAs may assist professors in grading homework assignments. GAs may assist course instructors with proctoring large classes, particularly when there is overflow and a few students need to be accommodated in the other places (e.g., the CSSE library).

Kickoff Meeting. GTAs/GAs have a responsibility to schedule a kickoff meeting with course instructors prior to the first day of classes of in each semester. The GTAs/GAs must be present on campus from the first day of classes till the day of commencement in each semester; any absences require prior permission of the course instructor(s) of the assigned courses.

Working Hours. GTAs/GAs are expected to work up to 20 hours each week including exam weeks. It is of importance for GTAs/GAs to balance educational requirements with the pursuit of the graduate degrees and teaching assistantship requirements.

1.3 Credit Hours

GTAs/GAs must maintain office hours, perform service assignments, and must be enrolled in nine (9) graduate credit course hours in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering per Fall or Spring semester. In summer semesters, GTAs/GAs should be enrolled in at least three (3) graduate credit course hours. Although exemptions may be approved by the director of graduate programs, the minimum number of credit hours is three (3) per semester.

Please note that graduate students must be enrolled for at least 9 hours per semester. A student may be exempt from being full time in three circumstances: 1) during the summer, if summer is not the student’s first semester at Auburn University, 2) if the student has been authorized to drop below a full course of study, 3) be certified as pursuing a full course of study. If a graduate student is an international student, the student will have to file the “Full Course of Study Gold Form” to the Office of International Programs to be exempt from being full time. The form is available here: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/international/isss/docs/full_course_of_study_instructions.pdf

1.4 Office Hours

The GTA is responsible to provide their office-hour schedules to their students, the professors, Graduate Program Director or GPD, and the departmental administrative staff. Office hours should be publicly posted on your office door by the first day of classes. Permission to hold office hours in another location should be granted by course instructors or GPD. GTAs/GAs cannot have office hours outside of normal university operation hours.

1.5 Eligibility

Graduate teaching assistantships or GTAs/GAs are available to graduate students in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) on a competitive basis. All international students who apply for a teaching assistantship are required to score a minimum of 79 on TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS (i.e., International English Language Testing System).

1.6 Test of Spoken English for International Teaching Assistants

If you are a graduate teaching assistant who has classroom teaching responsibilities (i.e., GTA), you will be required to pass the test of spoken English or TSE. The GTA requirements for international students are:

  • TOEFL, 23 or higher on speaking section
  • IELTS, 7 or higher on speaking section
  • SPEAK Test administered at AU, 50 or higher

If you have any question regarding the SPEAK test, please contact Ms. Diamond – the Coordinator of International Scholars English Center. Ms. Diamond’s phone number is (334) 844-2747; you may also reach her through emails at diamoms@auburn.edu

You may download the Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification Form of Eligibility for Employment here: http://graduate.auburn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/gta-certification-updated.pdf

1.7 Applications and Evaluations

CSSE graduate teaching assistantships are awarded on the basis of the undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, TOEFL (for International Students), letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose, and interviews (optional). Assistantships can only be awarded after a student has completed their Graduate School application. All CSSE GTAs/GAs must satisfactorily pass a University background check, the cost of which is covered by the GTAs/GAs.

Teaching assistantships are required to have an annual evaluation each semester. The renewal of the teaching assistantships is contingent upon satisfactory performance as well as GTA funds.

1.8 GTA Orientations

GTAs/GAs are required to attend all graduate-student-orientation sessions scheduled at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters by the department and the Graduate School.

All new GTAs/GAs are required to attend a new GTA orientation conducted by the Biggio Center in the semester, in which the GTAs/GAs are assigned the GTA appointments.

Vacations, internship plans, and the like aren’t excuses for nonattendance. Nonattendance can result in revoking a graduate teaching assistantship.

1.9 Parking Permits

The department generally does not provide justification to the Parking Office for B zone permits for graduate students. Grad students are eligible for C zone permits. Tiger shuttles (and on-call safety shuttles during evenings and nights) are available to go to/from CSSE to the C parking lots.

 




Last Updated: 9/8/17 5:33 PM