Annual Evaluations of
Ph.D. Students and Teaching Assistants
student will be evaluated formally at the end of each academic year,
and a report filed with the Department's Graduate Office and the
Graduate College. The annual evaluation of each current graduate
student will be an occasion for a careful (re)assessment of his or her
scholastic progress, accomplishments, and prospects of continuation in
If a student's
annual evaluation indicates that he or she is not making satisfactory
progress in either the scholastic or the teaching program, or both, the
Graduate committee will review the case and make an appropriate
recommendation, such as further advisement, probation, etc.
Towards the end of
each Fall semester, a Ph.D. student will submit to his or her Adviser a
folder containing a substantial sample of graded assignments done for
various courses during that calendar year.
The Adviser will
submit a written evaluation for the student's file based on:
a review of the student's grades and GPA;
(b) the student's progress according to the plan of study drawn up in
the first semester; and
(c) the sample of graded assignments.
The Adviser may
also meet with the student and consult with his or her instructors
during that year in order to make a well informed, overall assessment.
The Adviser may further solicit brief written evaluations of the
student from his or her instructors and attach them to the Annual
Evaluation as supporting documents. Each academic year, the annual
evaluations of graduate students will be discussed in a meeting of the
Department's graduate faculty as a whole before the Annual Evaluations
are placed in students' files and sent to the Graduate College.
Students will receive a copy of this evaluation and may request to read
their own files at any time.
If a student is
serving as a teaching assistant, the annual scholastic evaluation will
be accompanied by an evaluation of his or her teaching skills and
overall professional conduct as a member of the First-Year Composition
program. This teaching evaluation will be prepared by the Director of
First-Year Composition or his/her faculty appointee. The evaluation
will include a report on a class visit and an individual conference
with the student. The teaching evaluation will be placed in the
student's teaching file in the Department. It will provide one basis
for the renewal or non-renewal of his or her teaching assistantship for
the following academic year.
The Student Annual
Evaluation will be sent to the Graduate Office for the student's file
and a copy sent to the Graduate College. The student will have access
to each Annual Evaluation and teaching evaluation in his or her file in
All renewals of
assistantships will be based on the teaching and scholastic Annual
Evaluations and will be made by the Graduate Committee and the Director
of First-Year Composition working together.
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