Details, Details, Details of being a TA

Here is information that TAs will need to know.

Audio-Visual Equipment   Sign‑up sheets for reserving these can be found just inside the door to the reception window.  You can sign up to reserve the relevant piece of equipment, and if necessary get a key to the storage area from the Chair’s Assistant in room 218.  TV-VCR is located in B128, get the key from room 218.  Overhead projectors (the old fashioned kind) are in room 213, get from the Receptionist.  LCD computer projectors are reserved and retrieved from the Math Library, room B224.

Copying   All Math Department employees have access to the department’s Copy Center, located on the second floor next to the mailboxes.  To have something photocopied, fill out the request form available just inside the room.  Be sure to give the folks in the Copy Center enough time to make your copies; generally 24 hours is sufficient.  For a small job they might be able to do it with in a couple of hours.  Larger jobs take longer, especially at busy times such as the beginning, middle, and end of the semester.  There iare also copy machines available on each floor for departmental use.  To operate this machine you will need a code, available from the Computer IT Staff.  TAs can make up to 200 copies on these machines per month before being charged.   You do not want to make all of your class copies on these machines as your 200 copy limit will max out very fast.

Email Accounts      All Math Department employees are given computer accounts enabling access to computers in Van Vleck.  An email account is also provided.  All TAs' email accounts are connected to the 'graduate student email listserve'.  This listserve is the place that important announcements are posted.  TAs are responsible to read all pertinent messages on a regular basis (semi-weekly is suggested) and heed all deadlines.

Math Library   During the academic year, the library (B224 Van Vleck) is open Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Intersession and summer hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Printing Policy   Each user is allowed 250 free pages per month (each side of a double-sided sheet is counted as one page).  Beyond that, they are charged 5 cents per page truncated to the nearest whole dollar.  A bill is sent via email on the first of each month to those people who have incurred charges.  Pay the Department Administrator that amount.

Reserving Rooms   You can reserve classrooms for review sessions, makeup exams, or any other purpose. Forms for reserving classrooms are available on the counter by room 213 (the main reception window on the second floor).  You should fill out the form at least 48 hours in advance.  If you want a room for a regularly occurring event or if you need a very large room, you should reserve it as early in the semester as possible.  You can also reserve the conference room (307) or the seminar rooms (901 and 903) directly through the Receptionist.  Room 901 has a built-in LCD computer projector and is larger.  This room is locked at 3:30pm daily but the key is available in the Library.

Textbooks and solution manuals for classes you teach are available to borrow from the Receptionist in room 213.  Calculators, office keys and after hours passes are available from the Chair’s Assistant in room 218.  
 

Back to main TA Program page