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Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Teaching Assistants

New Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to attend the University’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop, from 8:00 AM -1:00 PM on Monday, August 11. It will be held in Ming Hsieh Hall, Room G20 and G21, up College Avenue from the Mountainlair. Attendance is mandatory and is recorded. Please also note that there is an online series of modules to complete as well. There is in addition a supplementary special orientation for international students that are GTA’s that will take place on August 7&8, 8:00-11:30 AM in Oglebay Hall Rm. 117, with the opportunity to take the SPEAK test (test of spoken English) the following week. This international student GTA orientation is not required, but if you are a new international GTA and are here at that time, we encourage you to attend. Registration is available at the linked web page. The Department will have a brief orientation for its GTA’s on Friday, August 15 in Room 315 Armstrong from 12:30-1:30. The Department's GTA Coordinator is Professor Jessica Deshler, from whom you will receive more details. Dr. Deshler coordinates GTA orientation, training, assignments, and supervision. GTA’s will be attending sessions that will orient them to the different assignments they may have during the semester. Most of these meetings will not occur until classes begin. There are a variety of duties to which you may be assigned, such as assisting in a class by grading papers and maintaining grades, working with undergraduate students in the Institute for Mathematics Learning (IML) instructional computer labs, working as an assistant instructor in the calculus sequence, running your own calculus recitations, and teaching your own course. Your assignment depends on Departmental needs and your own background and experience. More information about this will be available at orientation. Please note that all GTA's must register each semester for one credit hour of Math 590 Teaching Practicum.(If you do not have an assistantship but are interested in part-time work in the IML labs, see below.)

Graduate Assistants will receive office space, as assigned by Department staff. Office space for students that are not graduate assistants is in short supply, and is mostly restricted to Ph.D. students working on their thesis. Mailboxes are available for Graduate Assistants and for students doing grading and otherwise are distributed as available and/or needed. Most communication is by e-mail, however, using your WVU MIX email address. Graduate Assistants and Ph.D. students may use Department copiers for work or research-related copying.