Teaching assistants have it rough
Graduate Student (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – June 1, 2017
As a TA, I helped the professors:
Craft the curriculum,
Create, test, debug and administer laboratory sessions,
Grade student work, and
Hold office hours, mostly to explain to said students how I know they cheated on their homework.
Only 15 hours were paid for this position each week.
The professors are great, but they're just as overworked as the TAs are.
The UNM administrators are horrible, and they treat the school as a business which sells pieces of paper, at a very high markup.
Teaching is rewarding, when the students have questions that I am able to help them understand.
Teaching is horribly frustrating when students copy multiple paragraph answers, word for word, from the teacher's manual, then swear up and down that they never did such a thing. There is a lot of cheating going on, too.
Cheating students, way too much work for the hours allocated