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  • July 6, 2020 Q&A

    Q1.  If campus doesn’t go fully online this fall, are there ways to try to get an IA/TA position that is online without having a direct medical condition? 

    A1.  Unless Texas State University opts to go completely online, we cannot guarantee that every IA/TA who prefers to work online will have that option. However, we will do our best to accommodate people’s needs.  If you think you might qualify for an exemption, such as a physical or mental health concern, please apply:  

    • The university’s COVID-19 Workplace Modification Request for Faculty can be found at the following web site: https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/COVID-19-Workplace-Modification-Request/COVD-19-Workplace-Modification-Request.html. These workplace modifications for fall 2020 are based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of medical conditions that may place individuals at a higher risk for serious illness and/or complications from COVID-19.
    • Additionally, the College of Liberal Arts Faculty may request a College COVID-19 Workplace Modification based on one or more of these three categories: 

    1. Faculty who reside at least 50% of the time with a person who has an underlying health condition listed on the University Workplace Modification Request form.
    2. Faculty who provide childcare at least 50% of the time for children 12 years of age or younger who attend a school or daycare that has been closed or has modified operational hours.
    3. Faculty members who are pregnant or caring for infants under the age of one.

    Faculty requests must be made by July 15, 2020, to the Department Chair and include (a) a statement (no more than 1-page in length) explaining why a modification is needed based on one of the three categories listed in this policy; (b) the faculty member’s proposed plans for meeting their job responsibilities; and (c) possible impacts on department operations, goals, and responsibilities. Faculty and Department Chairs will work together on a case-by-case basis to promote wellness to the greatest degree possible within the constraints noted above. An appeal to a Department Chair’s decision may be made to the College Dean, whose decision shall be final.


    Q2. Does an exemption for your employment mean you also have exemption as a student?

     

    A2. No, they are two different applications. I have listed the workplace accommodation link above; here is the link for student accommodations: 

    https://www.ods.txstate.edu/current-student-resources/COVID-19-Special-Request-for-Additional-Academic-Modifications.html


    Q3. If an IA receives an exemption, how will that person fulfill his/her/their IA requirements this semester. 

     

    A3.  IA duties vary depending on the lead professor’s needs and preferences, but possible online duties include monitoring the online chat, facilitating small group discussion via online breakout sessions, grading online work, and running online study sessions. 


    Q4.  If we are assigned to a Professor who chooses not to have an online course, how can we ensure that that the face mask policy is enforced in the classroom? I fear that there will be a few students who will think that the rules do not apply to them and will give us a hard time about wearing a mask if asked to do so. 

     

    A4.  In Texas State University’s “Health, Wellness and Safety” Webinar (2 July 2020, here) Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, stressed that our first approach to noncompliance should be to stress the normalcy of mask wearing. This sentiment is elaborated in the “Compliance & Enforcement” section of Texas State’s “Roadmap to Return.” If a student does show up to class without a mask, your supervising professor will take action. If a student simply forgot his/her/their mask, we will have extras on hand. If an unmasked student is unwilling to comply with requests or instructions to wear a mask, the instructor may request that the student leave the classroom. From Texas State's Covid-19 FAQ (here): “If a student does not conform after being notified of the requirement, the instructor can ask them to leave the classroom or office or report them to the Dean of Students for repeated violations.”


    Q5.  I know you're probably unable to answer this because there are a lot of factors at play, but I'm hoping you can talk about how Covid could affect the number of TA positions for next year. Another one of my worries is that the department will lose money do to Covid and will offer fewer TA positions the next couple years, thus making it more difficult for me to afford school. I'd love if you could go into this. 

     

    A5. You are correct that there are a lot of factors at play, so no one can predict what next year will bring. The Department of English and the Graduate College would certainly fight for continued funding for our graduate students.


    Q6. Since ENG 5372 (IA Practicum) does not count towards your degree, do you need to take twelve hours in order to be full-time?

     

    A6. Nope.  You just need to take ENG 5372 and six additional hours in order to be a full-time graduate student.  


    General University Information Re: COVID-19

    1) Texas State University's plans for Fall 2020 are available here: https://www.txstate.edu/coronavirus/road-map.html

    2) You can watch the June 30th Health, Wellness, and Safety for Faculty webinar here:

    https://www.president.txstate.edu/communications/webinar-health-wellness-and-safety-for-faculty.html

    Websites and information mentioned in the webinars include:

    3) The College of Liberal Arts has crafted its own policy on Workplace Modifications for Faculty (see below).  IAs and TAs who need workplace modifications are encouraged to apply for them. 


    College Policy on COVID-19 Workplace Modifications for Faculty

    College of Liberal Arts

    June, 2020

    The College of Liberal Arts is committed to help safeguard the wellness of all members of its community, particularly those most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19, while fulfilling the academic mission of the College. Our mission is to generate knowledge and provide an educational experience that prepares students to meet societal needs and realize a meaningful and rewarding life. Flexibility and communication are key as we adapt to new conditions and work towards our mission.

    The University has implemented several protective measures, including a COVID-19 Workplace Modification Request for Faculty, which can be found at the following web site: https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/COVID-19-Workplace-Modification-Request/COVD-19-Workplace-Modification-Request.html. These workplace modifications for summer II 2020 and fall 2020 are based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of medical conditions that may place individuals at a higher risk for serious illness and/or complications from COVID-19.

    The purpose of the present policy is to guide faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who have circumstances or conditions not included in the CDC list and who wish to request safeguards and options for alternative arrangements. Therefore, in addition to health concerns covered in the University COVID-19 Workplace Modification Request for Faculty, the College encourages Departments to consider requests from faculty in the following categories:

    1. Faculty who reside at least 50% of the time with a person who has an underlying health condition listed on the University Workplace Modification Request form.

    2. Faculty who provide childcare at least 50% of the time for children 12 years of age or younger who attend a school or daycare that has been closed or has modified operational hours.

    3. Faculty members who are pregnant or caring for infants under the age of one.

    Faculty requests for a College COVID-19 Workplace Modification based on one of the three categories listed in this policy will be made to the Department Chair. Workplace modifications must protect the academic mission of the College without posing significant difficulty or expense to allow faculty to effectively accomplish the necessary functions of their position. Workplace modifications may take many forms, which include (but are not limited to) changes in classrooms to increase social distancing, changes to teaching schedules to help faculty with childcare due to school or daycare closures, and changes in the modality of teaching one or more courses.

    Faculty requests will include (a) a statement (no more than 1-page in length) explaining why a modification is needed based on one of the three categories listed in this policy,1 (b) the faculty member’s proposed plans for meeting their job responsibilities, and (c) possible impacts on department operations, goals, and responsibilities. Faculty and Department Chairs will work together on a case-by-case basis to promote wellness to the greatest degree possible within the constraints noted above.

    To ensure a timely review of all requests, please submit a College COVID-19 Workplace Modification request to the Department Chair by August 1, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester. Early submissions by faculty are strongly encouraged so that appropriate plans for instructional duties and other responsibilities may be put in place. An appeal to a Department Chair’s decision may be made to the College Dean, whose decision shall be final.

    Any future revisions to this policy will be guided by the recommendations of public health authorities.

  • As a TA, you are entitled to purchase a restricted (faculty) parking permit.  Permits are available at Parking Services in the Mathews Street Garage, 202 Student Center Dr. (8:00 am-5:00 pm), or online at http://www.parking.txstate.edu.  A restricted permit costs $335.  First-year TAs may not be able to get their restricted permits until the University has processed all hiring paperwork.  If you need parking immediately, you may buy a student perimeter (purple) permit and then upgrade it to a restricted permit in a couple of weeks.  Keep your receipt.

  • Required Public Posting of Syllabi and CV

    Texas law (HB 2504) requires faculty at public universities to post undergraduate syllabi for easy access of students and others..

    As soon as syllabi are complete, post them at http://hb2504.txstate.edu/, using the “Editor Access” tab. A link to the site is also located on Texas State’s homepage.

    While on the site, be sure to add or update your CV that must include minimally the following information:

    1. All institutions of higher education attended, with the dates of attendance and degree(s) earned;
    2. All previous teaching and administrative positions relevant to higher education, including the names of the institutions, the position, beginning and ending dates, and brief description of the position’s responsibilities;
    3. A list of significant professional publications relevant to the academic positions held, including full publication data for each entry; and
    4. The CV may include the instructor’s professional contact information, such as office telephone number, work address, and institutional email address. It should not include personal information about the instructor, such as the home address or personal telephone number.
  • In addition to their assistantships, graduate students may apply for the following scholarships.
     

     

  • Students may also apply for:
     
    * Department of English Scholarships:
    http://www.english.txstate.edu/studentres/scholarships.html
     
    * Graduate College Scholarships:
    http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/funding/scholarships.html
     
    * University Scholarships:
    http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/scholarships.html
Graduate Directors (FH 361-64):
MFA (Cecily Parks) 512-245-7681 mfinearts@txstate.edu
MA Literature (Teya Rosenberg) 512-245-7685 tr11@txstate.edu
MATC (Aimee Roundtree) 512-245-3015 matc@txstate.edu
MARC (Rebecca Jackson) 512-245-8975 marc@txstate.edu
Contact Phone Email
Emergency 911  
University Information 512-245-2111  
Department of English (FH 365) 512-245-2163  
Katharina Redlin (FH 365) 512-245-2163 kir@txstate.edu
Taylor Cortesi (FH 354) 512-245-3011 tc1224@txstate.edu
Nancy Wilson (FH 360) 512-245-5273 nw05@txstate.edu
Stephanie Noll (FH 219) 512-245-8026 sn19@txstate.edu
Writing Center (ASBN 101): 512-245-3018
Deb Balzhiser, Director   dm45@txstate.edu
Round Rock Writing Center (Avery Building) 512-716-4077  
Flowers Hall Computer Lab and Tech Support
Matthew Greengold 512-245-7662 mg71@txstate.edu
Mary Rath 512-245-7663 mjr100@txstate.edu
Classroom Technologies 512-245-4822; option 1