College of Graduate Studies

Cleveland State University
Teaching Assistant Handbook

A Message from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Academic Calendar

Policies and Procedures for Graduate Teaching Assistants


  • Questions to Ask Your Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistants Whose First Language Is Other Than English
  • Role of Teaching Assistants with Grading Procedures
  • Student Rights to Privacy
  • Professional Ethics
  • Commitment to the Student
  • Academic Honesty and Integrity
  • Emergency Procedures in the Classroom
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Helping Yourself Become a Better Teacher


  • Technology and Your Class
  • Using the Electronic Course Reserve (ECR)
  • Using Blackboard/WebCT CE6
  • The CSU Writing Center
  • Syllabus and Course Design


  • The Importance of the Syllabus
  • Preparing an Effective Syllabus
  • Using the Syllabus in Class
  • Syllabus Template
  • Assessment Strategies


  • Creating Lesson Plans
  • Length of the Test
  • Frequency of Testing
  • Announcing Quizzes and Exams
  • General Tips about Written Tests
  • Grading and Record Keeping
  • Rubrics for Grading
  • References


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    Campus Location
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    Phone: 216.687.9370
    Fax: 216.875.9933

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