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University of North Carolina Graduate Teaching Assistant Reviews

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  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 18 reviews)

  • University gives little to no oversight or support for higher level courses compared to what is available for entry level courses (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of North Carolina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment to work and it is challenging at times which brings up the best in you.

    Cons

    At times there is less work to do and at times the exact opposite of it. Otherwise its easy going


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly staff, excellent resources for health care research

    Cons

    compensation is lower than most other universities and no guaranteed summer support


  3. "Applied Sciences department could be better."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus, good work/life balance, peaceful lifestyle.

    Cons

    Employment opportunities, networking and specific job fairs can be improved. Funding has been a problem in applied sciences department as both teaching assistant and research assistant.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career opportunities for grad students.


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  5. "It is very nice to work with faculty and staff. Very professional working environment."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment, opportunity to build good relationships, diverse cultures.

    Cons

    Salary, promotions, work load, working hours

    Advice to Management

    Try to better eliminate role ambiguity.


  6. "The environment is nice, but don't expect a raise in the near future with the present legislature."

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers are great, and there is a laid back atmosphere at the university.

    Cons

    As a TA you will have a hard time making ends meet if you don't live in a modest place and budget wisely, especially if you want to live alone.


  7. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My professor I worked under was very kind and understanding. I learned a lot in my time TA-ing and have a better understanding of what professors and TAs are looking for when grading tests and assignments.

    Cons

    Sometimes lectures and recitations and assignments are a little disorganized. Its hard to evenly distribute work between TAs.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be a bit more fair in terms of how to divide up work between TAs since we're all getting paid the same rate.


  8. "Rewarding but demanding work as a graduate teaching assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding experiences consist of regular encounters with bright students who provide quick and honest feedback. Fair advising from the teaching faculty; however, consensus to most questions were addressed by a team of TAs.

    Cons

    An uneven distribution of workload can result in long busy streaks, particularly at the end of the semester. The compensation for teaching positions does not match this workload.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider raising teaching assistantship compensation levels to match estimates of workload throughout the semester.