Lecturer (Student Assistant)s, also referred to as LSAs, are graduate students who will teach a course in place of faculty or instructional academic staff. They are hired with the title “Lecturer (SA),” which indicates that they are in a student-assistant category
The requests to hire LSAs are included in the Annual Planning Exercises for Teaching & Learning in L&S
. In appointing Lecturer (SA)s, the College needs to consider both the appropriateness of the appointment and the supervision being provided. For best practices regarding deploying and supervising LSAs please see the following KB: Lecturer (SA) appointments in L&S: Supervision, Support, Evaluation
- The Lecturer (SA) title is exempt from the campus minimum qualifications policy. However, the Graduate student should be qualified to teach the course. In all but the most unusual situations, the student will have completed academic course work that puts them at least at the level of a master’s degree.
- LSAs are typically hired for courses numbered below 700 that do not carry the graduate course attribute.
- If the course does carry the graduate course attribute, we consider factors such as the following:
- The course to be taught may be taken by Master’s level students, but the proposed Lecturer (SA) already has substantial work in the discipline beyond the Master’s level (e.g., has completed all coursework and is completing a dissertation in the area).
- The course is one in which the graduate students from other fields enroll to supplement their core studies, but the instruction is not a core part of the advanced graduate curriculum in the instructor's discipline (e.g. foreign language instruction for a graduate student preparing to conduct fieldwork abroad; broad level introductory statistics or research methods in a field that uses statistical methods); or,
- The graduate student who would be employed as the instructor is considered qualified under the terms of the campus-wide minimum qualifications policy (e.g. a student with an MSW teaching a course for MSW students).
- These situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis and require approval by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic Affairs, Lynne Prost.
- Attention should be paid to ensure that the LSA appointment dues not interfere with the graduate student's time to degree.
- Attention should be paid that the graduate student is eligible for an assistantship appointment.
- The percentage of the appointment must be consistent with the teaching loads of renewable academic staff in your department. Lecturer (SA) appointment levels will be reviewed as part of the short-term staffing request process.
- Departments may supplement LSA appointments to include additional compensation for professional development (requires approval, see below). The appointment letter should clearly distinguish the appointment percentage associated with each activity (e.g., 33.4% for teaching and 10% for professional development). The percentage of the appointment for professional development is up to departmental discretion, but the total appointment should not exceed 50%.
An increase in appointment percentage for professional development may be offered at the department’s discretion. A detailed Professional Development Plan must be approved. Plans should be sent to Lynne Prost
for review and should include: