The role of a teaching assistant is complex. A handbook developed by Erin Aspenlieder and Daria Ahrensmeier of the Teaching and Learning Centre provides SFU TAs with information and resources to help them handle their multiple responsibilities with greater confidence. The handbook, titled A Guide for Teaching Assistants at SFU, was released in early October as a PDF file. It covers the many challenges and duties that TAs face and offers advice for dealing with common issues that can arise in labs, classrooms, tutorials, or in relationships with professors and students.
The book’s ten chapters address practical issues (for example, setting office hours and responding to email), pedagogical issues (for example, how to grade quickly and fairly and how to prepare for and lead a tutorial), and professional issues (for example, how to evaluate and improve one’s performance). The guide also includes links and references to a multitude of teaching resources both inside and outside SFU.