International postdoctoral fellows: Teaching policies
ITAP postdoctoral policyInternational Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP)
- This evaluation can consist of either the SPEAK test or the OPT test.
- The OPT can be conducted in person or by videoconference.
- In either case, the testing will be taped and the ultimate evaluation by the ITAP director will be open to scrutiny by department chairs and deans.
Because of the nature of postdoctoral training and the qualifications that postdoctoral scholars bring to the university, the evaluation by ITAP will be considered advisory to the chair of the department, who will ultimately be responsible for determining the suitability of a postdoctoral fellow for classroom assignments.
ITAP will work with department chairs to ensure that evaluation of candidates can be done as efficiently as possible. Chairs will contact the director of ITAP as soon as they can, and will work with the ITAP director to find faculty and undergraduate students to assist with the evaluation so that testing can be done as quickly as possible.
Departments will keep student evaluations—early semester and semester end—for postdoctoral fellows.