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This document provides information on the process of requesting a reader or grader for a course you are teaching.
To request a reader/grader, please send an email to Alyson Amenda containing the following information:
1. Number of hours requested for each course
2. Enrollment for course
3. Percentage of coursework that will be graded by the instructor.
4. Name and email of prospective hire. Hourly Project Assistant reader/graders, as all Project Assistants, are expected to be graduate students enrolled for at least six credits or three dissertator credits unless the department has approved a request for an exception.
ALC staff will forward the request to L&S Assistant Dean Brian Bubenzer and if approved, the reader/grader will receive an appointment letter from department staff.
Please see L&S general guidelines for reader/grader requests below:
- Reader/grader assistance is intended to provide faculty members and instructional academic staff with assistance in the grading of problem sets, exams, homework, papers, and projects, but is NOT intended to relieve faculty members of their overall grading responsibility for the course. We expect faculty and instructional academic staff to play an active role in grading student coursework.
- Course enrollment and/or the nature of the course should justify the need for grading assistance. While reader/graders are often needed in relatively small enrollment courses that are homework intensive, other types of courses should have a substantial enrollment (normally at least 40 students) before reader assistance is considered. The overall instructional assignments of the instructor for the particular semester should also be considered.
- The reader/grader cannot be a currently registered student in the course for which the grading is done.
- Graduate assistant readers/graders should NOT be grading the research papers of their fellow graduate students. While it may be appropriate for one graduate student to evaluate certain types of work (e.g., routine homework, statistical problem sets) done by another graduate student, the instructor in charge of the course should take on any grading duties connected with graduate-level work, which is directly related to the discipline.
- In the relatively rare instances in which a reader/grader is needed in a course that also employs teaching assistants, it is important to distinguish carefully between what the TA is expected to do and what the reader/grader is expected to do. For example, an hourly reader/grader might be asked to grade short answer questions while the TA would be expected to evaluate essay questions or the reader/grader would be expected to evaluate routine homework while the TA is expected to evaluate semester-long projects.
- Any discussion with students or office hours held by the reader/grader are to be limited strictly to questions about the grading; the reader/grader should not be expected to provide general course instruction or guidance to students.
- Lecture attendance: The College does not have funding to routinely cover lecture attendance on the part of hourly readers/graders. Generally speaking, graduate students asked to serve in the role of reader/grader should be expected to have the disciplinary expertise necessary to perform grading duties under the guidance of the instructor, with the level of guidance somewhat higher when a graduate student's background in the area is not extensive. There may be exceptions to this in unusual cases; for example, when a new faculty member teaches a new course for which none of the department's graduate students can be expected to have the necessary background or when a highly interdisciplinary course is taught and there is no corresponding interdisciplinary graduate program in which a graduate student could have gained the requisite background for the breadth of topics to be covered.