CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Graduate Assistants, Teaching

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed. Lead discussion sections, tutorials, and laboratory sections.
 
Evaluate and grade examinations, assignments, and papers, and record grades.
 
Return assignments to students in accordance with established deadlines.
 
Schedule and maintain regular office hours to meet with students.
 
Inform students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work such as lab reports.
 
Prepare and proctor examinations.
 
Notify instructors of errors or problems with assignments.
 
Meet with supervisors to discuss students' grades, and to complete required grade-related paperwork.
 
Copy and distribute classroom materials.
 
Demonstrate use of laboratory equipment, and enforce laboratory rules.
 
Teach undergraduate level courses.
 
Complete laboratory projects prior to assigning them to students so that any needed modifications can be made.
 
Develop teaching materials such as syllabi, visual aids, answer keys, supplementary notes, and course websites.
 
Provide assistance to faculty members or staff with laboratory or field research.
 
Arrange for supervisors to conduct teaching observations; meet with supervisors to receive feedback about teaching performance.
 
Attend lectures given by the instructor whom they are assisting.
 
Order or obtain materials needed for classes.
 
Provide instructors with assistance in the use of audiovisual equipment.
 
Assist faculty members or staff with student conferences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Graduate Assistant
Graduate Fellow
Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
Instructor
Proctor
Research Assistant (RA)
Teaching Assistant (TA)
Teaching Fellow
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Graduate Assistants, Teaching
 
 
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