Peer TA Program Departmental Information
After certification, FYLI courses may receive support for Peer TAs based on course enrollment and funding available.
- 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.
- Course Coordinators and departments are responsible for monitoring peer TA wage usage.
- All wage overages are the responsibility of the department
AY 2021-22 FYLI Peer TA Financial Policy
Allocation is based on the number of students enrolled in each course. For AY 2021-22 FYLI is providing TA Support for sections with an enrollment of 90 or more.
FYLI will be providing peer TAs for class sections with 90 or more enrolled for AY 21-22. For sections of 200 enrollment or more, we will continue to provide 12 hours of peer TA support section.
Each section of a FYLI certified course with 90 – 199 enrollment will have peer TA support totaling $1458.00 per semester. This is equivalent of:
- One TA working eight hours per week @ $12.15 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR two TAs working four hours per week @ $12.15 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR any configuration of TA deployment therein that does not exceed $1458.00 per semester.*
Each section of a FYLI certified course with 200 + enrollment will have peer TA support totaling $2187.00 per semester. This is equivalent of:
- One TA working twelve hours per week @ $12.15 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR two TAs working six hours per week @ $12.15 per hour, for 15 weeks
- OR any configuration of TA deployment therein that does not exceed $2187.00 per semester.*
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
- Course Coordinators / Departments will provide the correct information on hiring FYLI Peer TAs to your department’s Financials & Hiring Team (NAU Employee Dashboard)
- Initiate the Hire Express, ensure the 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 mandatory NAU Training for new employees
- Complete the FERPA Training
- Complete FYLI Peer TA training. Information will be sent to Faculty Coordinators.
- Provide your FYLI peer TA instructions on your departmental timesheet process
- We do expect peer TAs to be paid for training.
- 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 the FYLI Peer TA Deployment for guidance. If you need further assistance on classroom Peer TA best practices contact FYLI@nau.edu.
FYLI Peer Teaching Assistant Job Description Accordion Closed
We recommend using the following job description which is based on the FYLI Peer TA Deployment.
Primary job responsibilities of a FYLI TA include:
- Acting independently and/or at the direction of the faculty partner, foster a community of learners by:
- Building welcoming academic relationships with students
- Supporting diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts inside and outside the classroom
- Clarifying class content
- Engaging in active learning spaces with students
- Assessing students’ prior knowledge as a means of informing instruction and support
- Acting independently and/or at the direction of the faculty partner, identify students in need of additional academic support by:
- Being present and engaged in classroom activity (i.e., regularly circulating the room, asking students if they need additional support, asking clarifying questions)
- Attending to body language and other indicators of students withdrawing from the learning spaces
- Emailing or engaging otherwise with students who demonstrate academic struggle
- Assisting faculty in the presentation of content and/or facilitation of class discussions
Secondary job responsibilities of a FYLI TA include:
- Offering feedback on formative or “small-stakes” assignments (this would exclude major assignments like exams or papers)
- Offering the faculty logistical support such as passing out papers, taking attendance, or recording student activity
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