Revision of Definition of Graduate Teaching Assistant

Policy Memorandum No. 198


Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: November 3, 1999
Approved by University Council: December 6, 1999
Approved by the President: December 6, 1999
Effective Date: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, approved a Resolution Regarding Revision of Definition of Graduate Teaching Assistant

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

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,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT 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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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm198