Integrating a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant into your course can help make teaching a service-learning course more manageable. Offered in partnership with the School of Education, the Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program and the Service-Learning Graduate Teaching Assistant (SLTA/SLGTA) Program gives you the opportunity to nominate a student to work alongside you as your SLTA/SLGTA.
Adding a teaching assistant to your course offers a mutually beneficial experience for you and your SLTA/SLGTA. It offers faculty critical support for coordinating student service experiences and ensuring quality service and reflection; at the same time, it offers the SLTA/SLGTA a unique opportunity to develop professionally, engage more deeply with the community, and collaborate closely with a faculty member. Any faculty member teaching a service-learning course may nominate a student to be a SLTA/SLGTA.
Through this program, service-learning course instructors select a trained graduate- or undergraduate-level teaching assistant to work with them for an average of five hours each week throughout an academic semester.
Service-learning teaching assistants fill a number of critical support roles, including:
Instructors nominate outstanding students for the SLTA/SLGTA Program. Nominated students receive training and supervision from the Service-Learning Program Office staff before and during the time they serve as teaching assistants. You may have more than one teaching assistant work with you to support teaching and learning in your service-learning class.
If you are teaching a designated service-learning course in an upcoming semester, we encourage you to consider integrating an SLTA or SLGTA into your course. First, read about the SLTA/SLGTA Program and consider how an SLTA/SLGTA might help you in your service-learning class. Then invite an outstanding student to serve as your teaching assistant during the upcoming semester—preferably a student you know and have taught previously.
Once the invited student agrees to work as your teaching asssitant, e-mail Katie Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org the name and e-mail address of the student(s) you have nominated. Nominated students must also submit a SLTA/SLGTA Application (Word).
A teaching assistant can help you manage your teaching load in many different ways, and how you choose to incorporate your SLTA/SLGTA into your class is up to you. However your SLTA/SLGTA fits into your class, we ask that all instructors consider the following guidelines for cultivating a constructive relationship with your teaching assistant(s):
Instructors working with a service-learning teaching assistant will be asked to complete a written evaluation of their teaching assistant twice a semester and to share these evaluations with them in constructive, face-to-face meetings. These evaluations function both as grades for your SLTA/SLGTA and as important opportunities to develop professionally.
Learn about the benefits of taking service-learning to the next level as a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant.