Teaching International Relations
To: Prospective TAs and Assistants for Spring, 1999, P.S. 320, section 1
From: Prof. Chadwick, instructor for Pols. 320, 392.
Re: Agreement for your undergraduate teaching assistantship
Teaching Assistants' Duties
- register for Pols. 392(2) "Teaching Political Science" (permission required; my section); note that this is a 6-credit course.
- regularly maintain a weekly schedule as follows:
- attend lectures and negotiation sessions (MWF 11:30-12:30),
- tutor two discussion groups for one hour each, of no more than six students each,
- meet with me once a week for
- discussion with each other;
- administrative duties such as grading quizzes, exams, essays, and simulation participation, and recording grades;
- preparing for your lab and simulation sessions with students;
- designing and planning course improvements;
- training on computer software (ExC, IFs, pine, Netscape);
- reviewing recommendations for improving class; and
- preparing for class sessions;hours per week Regularly attend lecture sessions....................... 3 Two regularly scheduled tutoring groups @ 1 hr each..... 2 Meeting time with me for training, discussion........... 1 Study time to prepare yourself for tutoring..... (variable) -------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL time averaged for showing up (excluding study time) 6 hrs/wk. Note: do NOT schedule yourself for more time than this.
- Do not grade major exams or papers of students assigned to you for tutoring (I want to completely separate the tutoring role from the evaluation role for quizzes, exams, and essays).
- prepare and revise syllabus (on the Web) and all lectures, course materials, computer lab setups, and examinations;
- instruct you on how to use the above computer based materials, as needed, before and during the term;
- maintain regular office hours (MW 9:30-11:20, W 2-5 PM);
- complete essay grading and recording at the end of the semester;
- finalize all students' grades;
- handle all complaints.
Assistants' Duties (only if more than 6 "TA"s)
- register for Pols. 399, 3 credits (permission required; pre-requisite, PS 392);
- meet with tutors weekly or as needed to provide further instruction on the use of computers (Netscape, Expert Choice, International Futures, and email);
- tutor PS 329 students weekly on the application of the above programs through a series of IBM computer lab sessions and follow-up training periods;
- update and maintain Netescape pages on simulation, schedules, and Internet resources;
- help me conduct quarterly evaluations of the course itself and recommend structural changes as needed;
- write a final paper recommending changes to course structure.
Created 1994; last revised March 3, 1999.
© Copyright 1995 Richard W. Chadwick