It is important that all faculty supervisors and their AMPs have a clear understanding of the program and its requirements for eligibility and participation.
To be eligible for the program, the faculty member must articulate how AMPs will be trained and utilized to support active learning. Although some occasional administrative work may be required, the primary role of the AMP should involve face-to-face or online interaction with students for academic guidance and support.
- The course instructor is responsible for supervising the activities of AMPs, establishing clear performance expectations, and providing constructive feedback. To participate, faculty must agree to have regular meetings between AMPs and supervising instructional staff.
- Faculty supervisors must take care when assigning duties to AMPs, always keeping in mind that they are a peer of the students in the class. It is inappropriate to have AMPs leading class meetings unsupervised, proctoring exams, or grading work that is subjective in nature or of substantial weight in the course. Responsibilities must be directly related to the University of Maryland course approved for AMP participation and should not exceed 15 hours per week.
- In the interest of transparency, the instructor must inform students if any minor coursework is graded by undergraduate assistants, explain the guidelines that AMPs are given to assess that work, and encourage questions or concerns to be brought to the instructor (or graduate assistant) directly.
- Access to student information, including course grades, should only be available to those who need it to complete their assigned duties. Faculty must ensure that AMPs are in compliance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the University Policy and Procedures on the Disclosure of Student Education Records.
- Faculty must also consult with their academic unit to ensure compliance with any College- or unit-level policies relating to undergraduate assistants.
Academic Peer Mentors
- All AMPs must complete the TLTC 333 course on teaching pedagogy prior to or concurrently with their first semester as an AMP. If they wish to receive course credit for AMP service, students may enroll in TLTC 399 (or a departmental equivalent) with the permission of the TLTC and a faculty supervisor.
- All AMPs must complete the University’s training on the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training prior to the start of the semester in which they are participating. AMPs must comply with FERPA and the University Policy and Procedures on the Disclosure of Student Education Records and promptly report any potential deviations to their faculty supervisor.
- AMPs should seek and adhere to guidance from their faculty supervisor on appropriate dress, conduct, and communication with students and instructional staff.
- Promptly identify to the faculty supervisor any conflicts of interest, whether real or if they could reasonably be perceived by others to exist, and avoid any conduct that would create a new conflict of interest during that semester.
Faculty instructors and AMPs are encouraged to openly discuss any concerns they have about workload, conditions of participation, performance, or personal or ethical issues. Both are also welcome to consult with the AMP Program Coordinator for guidance. Ultimately, if a formal resolution becomes necessary, please refer to the University of Maryland Policy on the Conduct of Undergraduate Courses and Student Grievance Procedure.