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Reader/Graders

Reader/Grader is a paid student position that assists Management and Organization faculty with their teaching responsibilities. The Reader/Grader pool is a list of students interested in working as reader/graders that is provided to faculty when they are in need of a reader/grader. We encourage students interested in being a reader/grader to read through the following FAQs and join our reader/grader pool.

WHAT ARE A READER/GRADER’S RESPONSIBILITIES?

Specific responsibilities will vary from instructor to instructor and from quarter to quarter, but reader/grader tasks can include any of the following:

  • Prepare/maintain the course webpage or Canvas site;
  • Print/Copy overheads, slides, and handouts, as directed;
  • Maintain other e-resources, as directed;
  • Obtain resources as needed (rooms, etc);
  • Attend meetings w/instructor and/or TA to discuss grading criteria and grading outcomes;
  • Score exams and provide written feedback on exams, homework, and other deliverables, according to criteria established by the instructor;
  • Proctor exams;
  • Maintain participation records;
  • Maintain grading and other records on student performance;
  • Attend class sessions.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING A READER/GRADER?

All reader/graders must be an enrolled student in the quarter in which they are working. We welcome applications from all levels (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, graduate) and from non-Foster students. While some faculty prefer that their reader/graders have taken (and excelled in) the course, many faculty do not have a preference.

IN WHAT KINDS OF COURSES DO READER/GRADERS WORK?

Reader/graders can be utilized in any of the courses taught in the department of Management and Organization. This includes both undergraduate and graduate (e.g., MBA) courses. Topics taught in the department include business law, organizational behavior, strategy, ethics, entrepreneurship, HR, negotiations, general management, and more.

WHEN DOES A READER/GRADER WORK?

Reader/Graders work on a quarterly basis (Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer). As part of their responsibilities, they might be asked to do some work a few days before the quarter begins and/or a few days after the quarter ends. Some instructors might ask the reader/grader to attend one or more class sessions, which means the reader/grader must be available at a specific time. Most other responsibilities, however, allow for a more flexible schedule. On average, faculty employ reader/graders 7-9 hours per week, but the maximum number of hours a reader/grader can work in any week is 19.5 hours.

WHAT IS THE PAY?

Reader/Graders can earn $17.22-$22.00 per hour, depending on their qualifications. The total number of hours available depends on the number of students enrolled in the course but cannot exceed 195 total hours.

If you hold another appointment on campus, you will need to consult with those units about your eligibility to serve as an M&O reader/grader (e.g., international students will need to contact the ISS office, PhD students will need to contact their program directors).

AM I GUARANTEED A POSITION EACH QUARTER?

Unfortunately, being in the pool does not guarantee that you will be a reader/grader in any given quarter. Demand for reader/graders varies depending on the time schedule and faculty needs.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Click the link below to complete an application. The application will ask you questions about your qualifications, your schedule, and your academic interests. If your application is accepted, you will be directed to a short Canvas course (20 minutes) that shares details about serving as a reader/grader. Upon completion of the course, your name will be entered into our reader/grader pool. Faculty will review your qualifications and, if they have need of your services, will contact you directly. At the end of each quarter, you will have the option of continuing in the pool or opting out temporarily or permanently.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Questions about this process should be directed to the department’s Administrator, Jennifer Payne, at [email protected].