The Department of French and Italian

Assistant Instructors & Teaching Assistants

Assistant Instructor (AI) Information
The principal duty of an Assistant Instructor is to serve as auxiliary teaching staff of the university. He/She is employed to meet instructional needs at the undergraduate level, primarily in the lower-division areas. Approval for an assistant instructor to teach an upper-division course must be obtained from the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. The format for and content of their instructional service is established by the faculty. All duties and services of Assistant Instructors are to be carried out under established supervision and direction of departmental faculty.

An AI must meet the following criteria, as required by the Office of Graduate Studies:
• Have a Social Security Number, be eligible to work in the U.S., and have an I-9 on file with HR (contact the Graduate Coordinator, Michael Schmidt, for more information).
• Be a degree-seeking graduate student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree without existing conditional admission requirements imposed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.
• Hold a Master’s degree or have completed 30 hours of graduate coursework
• Have completed one semester of a course in teaching methods (398T)
• Remain registered for at least nine semester hours of course work in the long semesters (enrollment in three semester hours of course work is required for students holding summer assignments). This does not include enrollment in University Extension courses.
• Maintain at least a 3.0 graduate grade-point average.

An AI must meet the additional following criteria, as required by the Department of French & Italian:
• Maintain at least a 3.25 graduate grade-point average.
• Maintain a minimum average of 3.5 out of 5 for overall instructor rating on the student-generated Course Instructor Survey (CIS) and a satisfactory rating from the supervisor of course taught and from the Language Program Director.
• AIs must attend all orientation sessions and course meetings throughout the semester, organized by the course supervisor and/or Language Program Director.

In addition, the student must not have more than
• two grades of X (temporary incomplete), or
• one grade of X and one grade of I (permanent incomplete).

International students must have
• English language certification and
• Attended the International TA/AI Orientation if assigned as a TA or AI with student contact.
(From https://world.utexas.edu/isss/students/new/ita)

Teaching Assistant (TA) Information

The principal duty of a Teaching Assistant is to help faculty with the conduct and delivery of courses. Services provided by teaching assistants include, but are not limited to, assisting with course and materials design, grading, monitoring, leading lab and/or discussion sessions, offering office hour assistance to students, and performing clerical tasks associated with course instruction. Teaching Assistants are supervised by the course instructor of record and are subject to established departmental policies on student academic employment.

A TA must meet the following criteria, as required by the Office of Graduate Studies:
• Have a Social Security Number, be eligible to work in the U.S., and have an I-9 on file with HR (contact the Graduate Coordinator, Michael Schmidt, for more information).
• Be a degree-seeking graduate student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree without existing conditional admission requirements imposed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.
• Remain registered for at least nine semester hours of course work in the long semesters (enrollment in three semester hours of course work is required for students holding summer assignments). This does not include enrollment in University Extension courses.
• Maintain at least a 3.0 graduate grade-point average.

A TA must meet the additional following criteria, as required by the Department of French & Italian:
• Maintain at least a 3.25 graduate grade-point average.

In addition, the student must not have more than
• two grades of X (temporary incomplete), or
• one grade of X and one grade of I (permanent incomplete).


International students 
must have
• English language certification and
• Attended the International TA/AI Orientation if assigned as a TA or AI with student contact.
(From https://world.utexas.edu/isss/students/new/ita)

Dates of employment:
AI/TA assignments are made on a per-semester basis. Fall dates are September 1-January 15; dates for spring are January 16-May 31; dates for summer are June 1-July 15 and July 16-August 31. Graduating international students may not work past the last class day of their final semester due to visa regulations, unless they have obtained an extension of work authorization through the International Office.

Hours:
Graduate students may work no more than 20 hrs/wk in the first two long-semesters of study at the university, and no more than 30 hrs/wk in any combination of assignments after the first year.  Students may work up to an average of 30 hours/week during the 12-week summer period. International students may work up to 20 hrs/wk during the fall and spring semesters, and up to an average of 30 hrs/wk during the 12-week summer period.

Compensation:
AIs are paid monthly at the standard rate set by the Department of French & Italian, in conjunction with HR guidelines. For 2015-2016, the rates are $8,354/semester for appointments of 20 hrs/wk. Summer rates are $5,570/session for appointments of 30 hrs/wk.


TAs are paid monthly at the standard rate set by the Department of French & Italian, in conjunction with HR guidelines. For the 2015-2016, Teaching Assistants who hold an MA (or have completed at least 30 hours of graduate coursework) receive a stipend, for appointments of 20 hrs/wk, in the amount of $7,390 per long semester; TAs who do not hold an MA receive $6,708 per long semester.

Benefits:
• Students assigned at least 20 hours per week to a single AI/TA assignment or to a combination of eligible titles (GRA, TA, AI, Assistant (Graduate), etc.) totaling 20 hours per week, and for at least 4.5 consecutive months (usually long semester), are eligible for basic insurance benefits. Dental, vision, coverage of eligible dependents, and other optional/elective benefits are available at an one additional cost to the student, and must be signed up for within the first 31 days of employment.
• Out-of-state resident students appointed in benefits-eligible titles of 20 hours or more are eligible to be charged at the in-state tuition rate, and should claim a resident tuition waiver online.
• Students employed as Teaching Assistants (TAs) receive tuition assistance as a benefit of their student academic employment. The assistance amount is based on the number of hours of the TA/AI appointment and is paid on a semester basis.

  • Department of French and Italian

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