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TA Planning in L&S
Academic Year TA Planning Exercise
- Plans for Academic Year 2024-25 are due February 7, 2024 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Departments/programs should use the Instructional Staffing Request form to send changes outside of this exercise (link to form, form instructions for adding or changing a TA position).
- Note: this exercise is for academic year TAs only. Summer Term TAs are initially requested as part of a Summer Budget Proposal. Changes for summer TAs are also requested through the Instructional Staffing Form
Overview: TA Planning spreadsheet
The TA Planning spreadsheet is a document assembled by L&S Teaching & Learning Administration based on previous TA plans completed by departments. The spreadsheet will typically show one row per course. Otherwise, there will be multiple rows for a course if there is more than one type of TA appointment associated with it (e.g., head TA).
TLA will distribute TA Planning spreadsheets each January, and departments/programs will update the spreadsheet with their plans for the upcoming academic year. This exercise is intended to help departments/programs plan how to best deploy their TA resources. This process also documents TA position and workload details in a simple and systematic format for easy reference by departmental staff and chairs as well as L&S administration.
Instructions for the TA Planning spreadsheet
L&S Teaching & Learning Administration will email each department/program with a TA planning spreadsheet.
See the table below for detailed explanations of each spreadsheet field.
Check for accuracy: course names, appt structure, appt %.
Courses with previously approved TA appointments will have 'Active' position status.
If a TA position is needed in the upcoming academic year: adjust the number of TAs planned for Fall and Spring semesters and make other changes as needed.
If the TA position is *not* needed in the upcoming academic year, update the Position Status field to 'Inactive'.
Add rows for any new TA positions, and set the Position Status field to 'Pending'.
Use the 'Notes' column to highlight change or add details.
Do not modify the 'Date of last workload review' column; this column is for use by TLA staff.
Email updated spreadsheets to email@example.com by February 7, 2024
Lynne Prost will reply with the approval and follow up questions if needed.
TA Planning spreadsheet fields
Note: This table has not been updated for the 2024-25 academic year exercise.The spreadsheet will typically show one row per course. Otherwise, there will be multiple rows for a course if there is more than one type of TA appointment associated with it (e.g., head TA).
|Fall / Spring # of TAs
Planned headcount of TAs per semester. Please estimate to the best of your ability; you do not need approval by L&S admin to later adjust these numbers.
|Briefly describe the structure of the position, e.g., number of discussions/labs. (ex: 4 discussions/TA)
Appointment percentage of this position.
Add notes if modifying an existing position, or to add additional info as needed.
|Date of last workload review
For use by L&S Admin staff, do not modify these dates.
Contacts for L&S Administration
- L&S Teaching & Learning Administration:
- L&S Budget Office
- Mary Beth Roberts, Assistant Dean for Finance-Budget, Planning & Analysis