GUIDELINES FOR UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
ASSISTANTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND
This document details guidelines for the use of Undergraduate Teaching As-
sistants (UTA) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. These students will
help staff the departments "Resource Room", a room where students in the intro-
ductory physics courses may come to ask questions pertaining to these courses.
To be considered for a UTA position, undergraduate students must satisfy the
- The student must be a major in the Physics & Astronomy department and
- have at least 13 credits of Physics and/or Astronomy courses (including the current term)..
- The student must have a GPA of > 3.2 in PHYS/ASTRON courses.
- The student must have an overall GPA of > 3.0.
- The student must have obtained the following grades in introductory physics courses.
(1) A- in PHYS 0475 or A in PHYS 0174 or A+ in PHYS 0110
(2) A- in PHYS 0476 or A in PHYS 0175 or A+ in PHYS 0111
A student will sign up for specic hours in the Resource Room at the beginning
of the term in which they will be serving as a UTA. The UTA is expected to be
present in the Resource Room for the same hours every week for the duration of the
term. The UTA is expected to be able to help students who visit the Resource
Room with questions relating to their Physics and/or Astronomy courses, but
the UTA will not solve homework problems for the students. The Department's
Director of Graduate Studies or his/her designate will conduct a training session
at the beginning of the year for students staffing the Resource Room. All UTAs
will be expected to have attended this session.
Other Possible Duties
It is possible that the department may decide to utilize
a UTA in activities other than staffing the Resource Room. The UTA must still
satisfy the prerequisites listed above. Faculty wishing to propose these activities
should do so in writing to the Department. The proposal will be reviewed by a
committee composed of the Chair of the department and the Undergraduate and
Graduate program directors or their designates.
Subject to available funding, the department may offer an hourly wage for the
time the UTA spends in the Resource Room. Alternatively, the student may
elect to receive course credit for their efforts at the rate of 1 credit for every 3
hours/week the UTA works in the Resource Room.