Employing KFUPM Undergraduates
as Teaching Assistants
A major part of the faculty member's time
is devoted to teaching and administrative
work, with little time left for research.
The typical way to solve this dilemma is
to employ graduate students as teaching
assistants. The current number of graduate
students at KFUPM, however, falls well below
the teaching assistance demand. This talk
suggests tapping into the undergraduate
students' body and employing undergrads
as teaching assistants. Specifically, the
talk proposes two kinds of assistants for
a given course: 1) a teaching assistant—someone
who assists the instructor after having
taken the course and 2) a student assistant—someone
who assists the instructor while being concurrently
registered for the course. The talk provides
some suggestions for implementing the teaching
assistance program including assistants'
choice, responsibilities, and compensation.
The talk also highlights some of the advantages
of this program and how it relates to some
current initiatives at KFUPM as well as
some of the program's potential challenges.