Kip McKee

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Michael Schliessmann


Research has indicated teaching assistants are not satisfied with the training they undergo before entering the classroom as a faculty member. Concerns with teaching preparation, role conflict, TA resources, and how the TA will fit into the department are prevalent. A content analysis of post-reaction surveys was conducted to determine if the university-wide orientation program at South Dakota State University met the needs of the TAs. The results indicated the TAs were not satisfied with the program in the category of teacher preparation. Role conflict themes were contradicting. A majority indicated more information was needed, while some TAs felt the information given was adequate. The categories of resources and departmental concerns had very few themes, revealing little about TA needs in those areas. Two other areas of concern were also found in the surveys. Those areas were diversity and the format of the orientation program. The topic of diversity was well received, but consumed too much time. The large number of responses indicated the TAs did not like the format of the orientation program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University
Graduate teaching assistants -- Training of -- South Dakota -- Brookings
Graduate teaching assistants -- South Dakota -- Brookings -- Attitudes




South Dakota State University



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