The following guidelines pertain principally to teaching assistants. Students working with research assistants can expect the faculty members they assist to apply their principles of fairness when setting parameters for their assistants’ work.
The assistant may be asked to assist in any of the faculty member’s needs germane to his or her employment by Marquette University. The assistant is not obliged to assist in any task to be carried out in the faculty member’s home or elsewhere off campus.
The assistant is expected to work ten to fifteen hours a week during each academic term of his or her award. For teaching assistants, those hours include time spent observing classes. The assistant is not expected to operate at the upper limit of the stated range on a weekly basis.
The teaching assistant is expected to attend at least one class each week of each of course in to which one is assigned. The assistant is expected to take notes and to keep up with the course’s reading assignments so that he or she may help students with their work, offer review sessions, etc. If the assistant cannot attend a given section of a course to which one is assigned due to a scheduling conflict with the assistant’s own coursework, the assistant nevertheless is expected to visit that section briefly on a date at the beginning of the academic term to introduce himself or herself to the students. The assistant should notify the instructor of his or her graduate course that he or she will not be present for part of that date’s class session.
The teaching assistant must reserve no fewer than three office hours each week in which to meet with students or must make himself or herself available by appointment. The teaching assistant’s office hours do not substitute for the faculty member’s own office hours.
The teaching assistant may be asked to hold evening review sessions, to show films in the evening, or otherwise to be on hand for activities scheduled beyond normal class hours.
The teaching assistant may be asked to carry out occasional research and research-related assignments such as proofreading, line editing, compilation of bibliographies, etc., within his or her weekly allotment of work hours.
Should the assistant be asked to check out books or other materials from the library for the faculty member’s use, the faculty member and the assistant must complete an authorized assistant form a form enabling the assistant to do so. The assistant must submit the completed form at the circulation desk at Raynor Library upon first carrying out this responsibility. The form is available on the Raynor Memorial Libraries website.