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Instructional Assistant service, MSE

Note: Instructional Assistant (IA) service is a requirement for graduate students in the MSE graduate program. IA service is not currently a requirement of WE graduate students.

A core graduate program educational objective in the department is intellectual leadership. Intellectual leadership involves more than the generation of knowledge through research, but also its transfer through effective communication. We expect our students to be able to teach what they have learned and to be able to critically judge the technical communications and ideas of others. Service as an Instructional Assistant in Materials Science and Engineering provides students with opportunities to meet this important objective while assisting the undergraduate academic program.

Instructional Assistant (IA) service credits are earned while assisting the faculty with the instruction of MSE courses. This assistance can take the form of aid in a lab class, recitation, web site maintenance, etc. On average, IA service should take roughly 6 hours of the student’s time per week during the semester of service.

Degree requirements:

MS without Thesis (terminal degree) students are not required to serve as Instructional Assistants.

Master's with Thesis students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for two terms.

BS/MS students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for one term. Should the student continue on to pursue a PhD, then one additional semester of service will be required (see below).

PhD students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for three terms.

Students admitted prior to AU10:

Different IA service requirements were in place through SU10. Students admitted SU10 and prior are required to meet these requirements:

  • Master's with Thesis students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for one terms.
  • BS/MS students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for one term. Should the student continue on to pursue a PhD, then one additional semester of service will be required (see below).
  • PhD students are to attend UCAT training and serve as an IA for two terms.

 

Timing

New graduate students are typically not placed as IAs during the first year in the department. Prior to the start of their first Autumn following initial enrollment in the MSE department, MSE students are to attend teaching orientation provided by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT). This training, held during the week before Autumn classes start, provides students with information on university policies, teaching & learning styles, the design of lessons, assessing student learning, and more.

Registration:

UCAT orientation

Students will be alerted to their need to attend UCAT training during the summer prior to the offering of the training.

Instructional Assistant assignments

Prior to the start of each term, MSE graduate students will be alerted to the teaching needs for the coming term. Volunteers' wishes will be accommodated, if possible, and additional students will be assigned as IAs, if necessary, to meet the department's service needs. IAs will be emailed assignments with instructions and registration class numbers.

Participants earn graduate credit (graded S/U) for IA service.

Paid 25% GTA positions

Students who have completed the IA service requirement may be eligible to take on a 25% Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) position on top of their existing funding. Eligible MSE and WE graduate students may be considered, with advisor approval. Limitations on who can take on this additional funding exist, please contact the MSE-WE Grad Studies Coordinator if interested.

Resources

Carmen--Instructor's Guide
Carmen, Ohio State's online learning management system, automatically provides a blank course shell for every course in the Registrar's Master Schedule. Often IAs are asked to maintain the Carmen site for the course instructor. This guide provides detailed instruction maintaining class lists, posting grades, making assignments, and much more.