How do we write the most effective comments possible?
Comments must be unique to be counted. The best comments will be specific to your experience or your knowledge of others’ specific experiences as graduate teachers and researchers.
General suggestions for allies
- Directly address the rule—e.g. “Any rule on this topic should recognize that graduate workers are employees”
- Describe details of the work graduate workers perform at your university—e.g.:
- Teaching: how many students graduate assistants teach; what graduate assistants teach and how it helps students fulfill requirements; specific work duties (class time, office hours, commenting/grading, etc.); how do students rely on graduate assistants’ work
- Research: area in which graduate workers perform research; variety of duties in your lab/research group; how graduate work contributes to the overall research objectives of the lab/research group and helps generate grant funding.
Some questions different groups of allies might want to answer include:
- Faculty: How have graduate teaching assistants, research assistants and graders contributed to the success of your courses, your research objectives, or your university’s educational mission?
- Undergraduates: What role have graduate workers played in your courses and your overall educational experience?
- Postdocs: How do graduate workers contribute to your lab or research group?
- Alumni: How would you answer any of the above questions when you were a graduate worker or an undergrad?