Tuesday, November 17, 2009

U of I graduate instructors go on strike

Officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say classes are continuing after graduate instructors went on strike.

The strike hasn’t been felt at the U of I Springfield because graduate assistants are handled differently at each campus.

“We do not have any graduate assistants not showing up for work today,” said Leslie DeFrates, assistant to the vice chancellor for graduate education and research at UIS. “We don’t use graduate assistants as instructors of record,” she said. “We do have teaching assistants, but they assist professors in areas such as tutoring and grading papers.”

DeFrates' comments were featured in an November 16, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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