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Job description Drama 460-461 TA

Course Name: Drama 460, 461
Curricular purpose:

Drama 460, 461 - The primary objective of these courses
is to introduce students to the history and fundamental skills of directing plays.


  • Attend all class sessions
  • Assist faculty in the running of the course as requested.
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Collect and manage any written assignments given
  • Take subsections of students to work through exercises
  • Tutor students, hold outside coaching sessions
  • Manage and respond to course-related e-mail
  • Prepare final exam performances if needed
  • Reserve rooms for final exam performances
  • Proctor exams if needed
  • Maintain course attendance records
  • Maintain records on individual students’ assignment completion
  • Attend instructor/TA meetings
  • Prepare handout materials as requested

Drama 460/461 TA

Assigned Course Drama 460, 461
Faculty member or supervisor to whom the ASE will report Valerie Curtis-Newton
Procedures used for evaluation (if any)

During your appointment as a teaching assistant, you will be evaluated by the TA evaluator. This evaluation will be placed in your employee file - not your student file. You will receive a copy, and will have an opportunity to comment on the evaluation. It will then go to the Administrative office for processing. This processing includes a confirmation to the Graduate School that the evaluation has been done, but no copy of the actual evaluation will be forwarded to them.

If the evaluator concludes that the TA is not meeting departmental criteria for teaching competence, then s/he will work with the TA to determine a specific, written plan for addressing the TA’s teaching difficulties.

A TA should feel free at any time to give input to the observation process. Any appeal, should one feel the need to appeal the outcome of any decision based on the observation, should follow procedures outlined in Executive Order 28. This appeal would begin with contacting the Executive Director of the School.

Criteria to be used in the evaluation will include at least the following:
   effective use of class time
   organization of material
   engaging full class
   clear direction on assignments
Responsibilities to students
   office hours
   assignments returned in a timely manner
   teaching from the syllabus
   consistent grading
   understanding/enforcing University policy

Course meeting times and location T/Th, 11:30-1:20, Hutchinson 218
The maximum number of students for which the ASE will be responsible approximately 12-14
Office hours (if applicable) TBA by TA
Training programs (if applicable) As arranged with supervisor
Work location Hutchinson 218