New Optional Resources for TA Evaluations and Observations

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Christine Getz, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement
RE: New Optional Resources for TA Evaluations and Observations

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CLAS TA Teaching Observation Framework (

This document provides a framework for providing TAs with formative feedback on teaching via observations; it is a mentoring and reflective tool, not an evaluative tool. The goals are (1) to ensure TAs have adequate support in completing their teaching assignments, (2) to provide coaching and a space for reflective dialogue about teaching, and (3) to set growth goals for teaching.

Formative Teaching Observation Guide (

This document is a companion to the CLAS TA Teaching Observation Framework and provides additional guidance on best practices for conducting teaching observations, again with the goal of supporting mentoring and reflection.

CLAS TA Evaluation (

This document is designed to assist departments with evaluating teaching assistants’ performance in accordance with the contractual agreement outlined in the TA offer letter. The schedule and prompts in this document provide TAs and their supervisors space to promote success for teaching assistantships based on their contract. The college encourages TAs and their supervisors to also use the Teaching Assistant Teaching Observation Framework to assist TAs with growing as instructors. This evaluation document focuses solely on contractual requirements whereas the observation framework is a reflective process and is not intended to be used for evaluating a TA’s performance.

Per a departmental request, the Dean’s Office will create a pdf fillable form for the evaluation and observation framework documents. These will be available and distributed in the next few weeks. If you have any questions about these resources, please contact Gabbie McDermott (