Use this form to request Readers, UMass Graduate Student Teaching Associates and Assistants, and UMass Research Assistants.
Please read the information below before completing the form to understand the guidelines for readers and the basis on which requests are evaluated.
Current practices regarding readers in courses (see Appendix B, Faculty Code) are as follows:
A faculty member may request a reader if either (a) the number of students in a single course is 50 or greater, in which case a reader may be assigned for that course; or (b) the faculty member's total student enrollment in all courses for the semester is 100 or more, in which case a reader may be assigned to the largest course. Readers are not generally granted for team-taught courses.
A reader is expected to assist with the grading of three large items (e.g., midterm, final examination, and paper) or the equivalent for each student in the course and normally must attend the lectures in the course.
A reader cannot be an undergraduate at a Five College institution or a member of the faculty member's immediate family. If the proposed reader is an employee of Smith College, there may be limits to the number of hours the individual is authorized to work each week as a Reader. Particularly if the proposed reader is employed full-time, the authorization to work as a reader may not be possible.
Readers (excluding UMass graduate students) will be paid $750 plus $7.50 per student, per semester. Please note that payroll for readers will be processed after final enrollment figures are verified. These rates are for 4-credit courses and will be prorated for courses with fewer than four credits. UMass graduate students are paid the minimum hourly rate set by the University.
Contact Patty Tran (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty for more information. For UMass graduate student readers, contact Emily Robinson (email@example.com).
Please complete and submit this form to request a UMass graduate student teaching associate (TO) to teach a course or a teaching assistant (TA).
The Associate Provost meets with Chairs during the fall semester in order to review and approve staffing needs for the following academic year.
Once a course or position is approved by the Associate Provost, it is also required that a Temporary Appointment Form is completed by the Chair in order to appoint a specific individual to the college.
Please complete and submit this form to request a UMass Graduate Student Research Assistant appointment.
UMass graduate students are under a Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) contract. Salary/wage increases may be mandated by GEO contract during the appointment period. These increases (often established retroactively) and any other costs associated are the responsibility of the named supervisor.
Note: UMass graduate students new to Smith College are required to complete a Smith College Affiliate Form. Appointment arrangements are made through the UMass Graduate Assistantship Office. Questions regarding the university's terms, conditions, and benefits should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.