Sidebar: A Trio of Innovative T.A. Training ProgramsTeaching assistants (T.A.'s) were once regarded as second-class citizens by science graduate students with research assistantships. But things have changed over the past decade. Several factors-including recognition of the value of teaching skills, a tight job market, and public demand for quality in undergraduate instruction-have converged to stimulate academic departments to invest more in T.A.'s. As a result, many colleges and universities now offer T.A. training programs at the institutional and departmental levels. And in some schools, competition for positions is intense.
WIN-WIN: Well-trained grad students make undergraduate classes better and bolster enrollment, says Michigan’ s Constance Cook.
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