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L&S Performance Evaluations for TAs, PAs, and UAs
This document outlines policy related to the evaluation of Teaching Assistants, Project Assistants, and Undergraduate Assistants
Performance Evaluation for TAs, PAs, and UAs
Each department establishes its own evaluation process to review performance of Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Assistants, and Project Assistants. Such employees shall be informed of the evaluation process and criteria for evaluation at the start of the period for which they are being evaluated (please note: hiring of Undergraduate Assistants requires Dean's Office approval. Visit KB# 93858 for more information on UAs and the approval process).
Teaching Assistant evaluations may include input from the following sources, but should not consist solely of student evaluations:
1. Individual student evaluation of the teaching performance of a Teaching Assistant in a course in which the student is enrolled.
2. Faculty and staff review of employee performance. If such a review includes an assessment of a Teaching Assistant’s laboratory or classroom performance, the assessment shall include at least one (1) visit by a faculty or staff member. A Teaching Assistant or Undergraduate Assistant will be given at least twenty-four (24) hours notice prior to the initial visit in a semester for this purpose. Prior notice is not required for faculty and/or staff visits for any other purpose, including subsequent visits for evaluation purposes.
3. Self review.
4. Peer Review.
If student evaluations are part of the evaluation process, employees must be notified at least forty-eight hours prior to distribution of student evaluation forms.
Comments and data that evidence illegal discrimination shall be excluded from consideration, and the presence of such comments shall be considered in weighing the evaluation as a whole.
Performance of Teaching Assistants will be reviewed at least once during the term of the appointment. Where a performance review is completed, a written performance evaluation report will be provided. A copy of this report and any written evaluations will be given to the employee who will have the right to make a written response to be placed in their personnel file.
Departments are encouraged to provide supervision and evaluation throughout the appointment period.