Evaluation of Teaching Assistants
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Policy Purpose and Description
In accordance with the CLAS TA contracts, all departments must conduct a teaching evaluation in the middle of the first semester of a teaching assistantship. The contract reads as follows: “The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a policy on oral communication competence, designed to ensure that all instructors have ‘the ability to communicate appropriately in the language of instruction to students attending Regent’s institutions.’ New teaching assistants will be evaluated by the middle of the first semester of teaching, and by the end of every subsequent semester. A question on oral communication competence will be included in the form the department uses for student evaluations of teaching.”
Each department has procedures for the selection, preparation, supervision, and evaluation of TAs. In soliciting student evaluations of teaching, the DEO ensures that the evaluation form includes a question about the oral communication competence of the TA. New TAs must be evaluated by the department for teaching competence no later than the eighth week of the first semester of their appointment.
The DEO also sees that student evaluations of teaching are obtained by TAs and others in all departmental courses, including those sponsored by the Center for Credit Programs. The DEO reviews these evaluations according to the same procedures used for all other departmental offerings.
Additionally, CLAS strongly encourages departments to use these documents, which are designed to assist departments with evaluating teaching assistants’ performance in accordance with the contractual agreement outlined in the TA offer letter. The schedule and prompts in this document provide TAs and their supervisors space to promote success for teaching assistantships based on their contract.
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