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How to Request a Floating TA?

Floating TA Information

Floating TAs provide ad hoc assistance such as grading (short answer or brief responses), proctoring, entering assessments into Blackboard, entering grades on Blackboard etc.  All Instructors may request Floating TA help, but

  • priority will be given to requests from those who do not have a TA specifically assigned to their course.
  • priority will also be given to early requests. Please try to request Floating TA help at the beginning of the semester for proctoring and small grading assignments.  

Xiaofang Xue (xx1@umbc.edu) is the Floating TA Coordinator for Fall 2020, and all requests for assistance should go directly to her.  She will coordinate coverage of tasks with the other Floating TA, and communicate with the Instructors.

Please submit your requests for Floating TA assistance to Xiaofang Xue (xx1@umbc.edu).  Include the following information:

  • Course name/number
  • Date/time/location of class meeting (for proctoring or other task)
  • Brief summary of task (e.g. grading (include rubric if relevant), entering grades, creating tests in Blackboard, assembling instructional materials)
  • Length of time (estimated number of hours) needed for the task
  • Date by which the task must be completed

You should receive a response from Xiaofang within 48 hours in most cases, with the name/contact details of the Floating TA who has been assigned to assist.   If more time than initially estimated is required for task completion (e.g. grading), the assigned Floating TA will contact you directly to discuss. 

Unfortunately, it may not be possible to meet all requests due to limited resources.

  • Floating TAs cannot teach a class with 24 hours notices. They need more time to prepare for the class.
  • There might be changes in TA availability during the semester due to unforeseen changes (illness, personal issues, etc.)
  • Scheduling grading assistance and exam proctoring at the beginning of the semester allows for planned time for your course needs.

Please contact Eileen O’Brien, TA Coordinator (eobrien@umbc.edu) if you have any questions or concerns regarding Floating TA help.

Best wishes for a good semester.