Teaching Assistantship Information
Our department has a limited number of teaching positions available every semester for graduate students majoring outside the Physics Department. Students applying for the graduate program in Physics are automatically considered for teaching assistant positions and need take no additional action. Graduate students applying from outside the Physics Department should follow the instructions below.
How To Apply for a Physics Teaching Assistant Position
- Print the Application Form [pdf].
- Fill in the form by hand. ALL information is required.
- Bring the hardcopy form in person to the Physics Department office staff in Physical Sciences room 145.
- If you are hired, you will be contacted by someone from our department.
- Applicants MUST use the provided Application Form [pdf].
- DO NOT attach any other information. NO resumes, NO vitae, etc.!
- DO NOT submit the form via e-mail. Forms submitted by e-mail will be rejected automatically.
- DO NOT fill out the form in any way except by hand. Forms not filled in by hand will be rejected automatically.
- SIGN and DATE the form.
Spoken English Proficiency for Employment
OSU policy requires all persons for whom English is a second language to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity, including laboratory assignments. Graduate students who serve only as laboratory assistants (e.g., setting up and/or maintaining equipment) are not required to comply with the provisions of this section.
Students who score a 26 or better on the speaking portion of the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) or an IELTS speaking score of 8.5 or higher will be cleared for classroom or lab instruction. Prospective teaching assistants with iBT speaking scores of 22, 23 or 24, or IELTS speaking scores of 7.0, 7.5 or 8.0 will be required to pass the OSU-administered ITA Test (see below) in order to be certified for classroom or lab instruction. Prospective teaching assistants with TOEFL iBT speaking scores below 22 or IELTS speaking scores below 7.0 are advised to seek English language training in order to improve their spoken language proficiency. After one semester of residence at OSU, students who wish to demonstrate that their English has improved sufficiently to be considered for teaching or lab assignments may take the Versant English Test, administered by the OSU Office of Testing and Assessment. A passing score on the Versant will enable the student to take the ITA test at its next regular administration. Prospective TAs who are unable to access the iBT or the IELTS prior to arrival at OSU may receive authorization to take the Versant English Test. A passing score on the Versant will enable the student to take the ITA test at its next regular administration.
Prospective teaching assistants who do not achieve a 26 or better on the speaking portion of the iBT are required to pass on the OSU-administered ITA test. The ITA test is a 10-minute evaluation procedure in which the ITA presents five minutes of information for an undergraduate lab, recitation, or lecture. Each ITA Test (the five minute mini-lesson and the question and answer period) is evaluated by two faculty members from the English Department, a faculty member from the ITA's department and a small group of undergraduate students. A score of 250 or better on the ITA test is an unconditional pass. A score of at least 240 is a provisional pass requiring the graduate assistant, if he or she is assigned to instructional duties, to concurrently enroll in GRAD 5991, a one credit course. Students who score less than 240 may not be employed in an instructionally related capacity (including laboratory instruction). Students who fail the ITA may retake it if they have either passed or are currently enrolled in GRAD 5991.
International Teaching Assistant Program
Any new international teaching assistant (ITA) is required to participate in the international teaching assistant orientation and evaluation workshop. New ITAs must attend the two orientation sessions (whether they have taught in a classroom somewhere else or not) offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. See the ITA Website for more information.
The information on English Proficiency presented above is taken from page 168 of the 2010-2011 University Catalog. Please refer to the current University Catalog for complete, up-to-date information.
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