Graduate teaching assistants are responsible for teaching-related duties and assisting other faculty members, such as professors and heads of academic departments. They often assist in developing exams, grading homework and tests, assigning study materials to students, and recording grades. They may occasionally lead classes and disseminate information and material as professors do.
Close attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to take initiative are very important in this position. These assistants generally have bachelor's degrees and are pursuing graduate studies while working. Of course, they usually assist professors and faculty in the field in which they are earning their master's or doctorate degree.
Working hours for this position are generally class hours, and some night- or weekend-work may occasionally be necessary to create reports or grade homework/tests.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Tasks
Prepare teaching materials for presentations and lectures.
Prepare homework assignments and administer quizzes and tests.
Work under a senior faculty member to instruct introductory or lower-level classes.
Maintain regular hours for student mentoring and tutoring.