Lecturer (SA): Minimum Qualifications, Course Assignments, Supervision, Evaluation
This document provides guidance to departments concerning the hiring of graduate students as graduate assistants with the title "Lecturer (SA)."
Lecturer (Student Assistant)s, also referred to as LSAs, are graduate students who will teach a course in place of faculty or instructional academic staff. They are hired with the title “Lecturer (SA),” which indicates that they are in a student-assistant category.
The requests to hire LSAs are included in the L&S Annual Planning Processes for Short-Term Staffing and TA Appointments . In appointing Lecturer (SA)s, the College needs to consider both the appropriateness of the appointment and the supervision being provided. For best practices regarding hiring and deploying LSAs please see the following
memo: Setting up Lecturer (SA)s for Success, Some Effective Practices
- The Lecturer (SA) title is exempt from the campus minimum qualifications policy (Policy on Minimum Qualifications for Instructional Staff) since it is assumed that the graduate student is working under the direct supervision of a faculty member or instructional academic staff member.
- Graduate student should be prepared and have the background to teach a course. In all but the most unusual situations, the student will have completed academic course work that puts them at least at the level of a master’s degree.
- LSAs are typically hired for courses numbered below 700 that do not carry the graduate course attribute.
- If the course does carry the graduate course attribute, we consider factors such as the following:
- The course to be taught may be taken by Master’s level students, but the proposed Lecturer (SA) already has substantial work in the discipline beyond the Master’s level (e.g., has completed all coursework and is completing a dissertation in the area.
- The course is one in which the graduate students from other fields enroll to supplement their core studies, but the instruction is not a core part of the advanced graduate curriculum in the instructor's discipline (e.g. foreign language instruction for a graduate student preparing to conduct fieldwork abroad; broad level introductory statistics or research methods in a field that uses statistical methods); or,
- The graduate student who would be employed as the instructor is considered qualified under the terms of the the campus-wide Policy on Minimum Qualifications for Instructional Staff (e.g. a student with an MSW teaching a course for MSW students).
- Prior approval is required through the through the short-term staff planning exercise.
- Appointment letters for Lecturer (SA)s require review by your STS/SA HR Rep. Letter templates and additional instructions are available on the following page: L&S Letter Templates for Short-Term Staff
- A faculty member or instructional academic staff member to actively supervise all Lecturer SAs. Please see the following memo: Setting up Lecturer (SA)s for Success, Some Effective Practices
- For classes with enrolled graduate students who may be considered peers of the Lecturer (SA), the College may further request that the supervisor evaluate the graduate students enrolled in the class, and/or provide additional instruction, and/or provide additional mentoring and assistance to the Lecturer (SA). These situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis and require approval by the Academic Associate Dean.