Peer TA Program Departmental Information
After certification, FYLI courses receive support for up to one Peer TA per section of the course. Peer TAs must be full-time undergraduate students at NAU during the time they will be working as peer TAs, and they cannot work over 29 hours per week for any combination of NAU paid positions. There is no FYLI TA support for Winter or Summer sessions. Coordinators and instructors identify Peer TAs and initiate the hiring process through their own departments using our department-specific FYLI peer TA position number.
Fall 2020 FYLI Peer TA Financial Policy Summary
Allocation is based on the number of students enrolled in each course. For Fall 20 FYLI is providing TA Support for sections with an enrollment of 70 or more.
Each section of an FYLI certified course is eligible for Peer TA assistance at $1,320 per semester. This is equivalent of:
- One TA working eight hours per week @ $11 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR two TAs working four hours per week @ $11 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR any configuration of TA deployment therein that does not exceed $1,320 per semester.*
Each unit is responsible for tracking TA wages and the deployment of TAs.
- All FYLI TAs must complete a brief (one-hour training) within the first three weeks of the semester. TAs will be contacted directly with more information.
- They must be full-time undergraduate students at NAU. Graduate students cannot serve as Peer TAs
- Faculty choose their own peer TAs & directly supervise them
- Peer TAs are limited to 29 hours per week in any combination of NAU positions
- Peer TAs are paid $11 per hour in accordance with NAU policy, and are classified as “Academic Level 2 (2002) Student Wage”
- Peer TAs are only hired for Fall and Spring semesters. There is no funding of FYLI peer TAs for Winter or Summer terms.
- If the number of course sections is increased, compared to historical levels, please contact the FYLI Director to discuss possibilities for additional peer TA support.
- All wage overages are the responsibility of the department
- FYLI will be monitoring payroll, TA allocations are finite resources. If funds are not utilized fully they will be allocated to departments that are in need of peer support.
For those that need assistance with the recruitment of peer TAs, we have the surveys below.
FYLI Peer TA Interest form for students who may have an interest in becoming a peer TA for your course.
Peer TA Recommendation form for faculty who would like to recommend a previous peer TA or students they have identified as potential peer Tas. The information will be provided to faculty teaching FYLI courses that are in need of finding a peer TA.
FYLI Peer TA & Department Checklist for Departments Accordion Closed
Checklist for Department for hiring the FYLI Peer TA:
- Determine the number of FYLI Peer TAs based on funding allocation provided to you by FYLI
- Initiate the Hire Express, make sure student completes
- I-9 documentation needs to be completed within 3 days of the start date
- Create EPARs using FYLI position number provided to the department, contact FYLI@nau.edu if this information is needed
- Scheduler adds FYLI Peer TA id # to build if they need to access class in Louie
- Online NAU Time Reporting in place for each peer TA (NAU Time & Labor)
- A spreadsheet summary of hiring is sent to FYLI@nau.edu at the beginning of each semester.
- Peer TAs are paid following the NAU Payroll Schedule.
Checklist for the FYLI Peer TAs after hiring is complete:
(Hire Express & I-9 completed / EPAR has been approved)
- Complete the FERPA Training
- Complete CERT Training
- Complete the Harassment & Discrimination Prevention (approximately 90 minutes)
- Complete the Accommodating Disabilities (approximately 60 minutes)
- Additional training for new employees
- *As of Fall 2020* All FYLI TAs must complete a brief (one-hour training) within the first three weeks of the semester, provided by FYLI.
- Provide your FYLI peer TA instructions on your departmental timesheet process
- The FYLI peer TA position number may not be used for summer or winter sessions, nor for non-FYLI Peer TAs
- Peer TAs no longer working under FYLI need to have EPARs terminated. This should occur at the end of each semester.
What do peer TAs typically do in a course? Accordion Closed
A FYLI Peer Teaching Assistant (often simply referred to as a “TA”) collaborates with faculty in maintaining a strong learning environment while supporting students in the construction of new knowledge. Beyond collaborating with faculty, TAs greatest impacts are in the areas of building student engagement, increasing overall comprehension, student-facing assessment preparation and analysis of course material.
Faculty and coordinators determine the best way to deploy Peer TAs in their courses. However, refer to NAUFlex Fall 20 Peer TA Deployment for guidance. If you need further assistance on classroom Peer TA best practices contact FYLI@nau.edu.
Who manages peer TAs’ work? Accordion Closed
It is up to individual faculty and coordinators to guide and supervise the work of the Peer TAs.
FERPA and peer TAs Accordion Closed