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Employing tutors and demonstrators

The purpose of these resources is to provide guidance for supervisors and co-ordinators of University of Otago employees whose principal role is teaching on a casual or part time basis as tutors or demonstrators. However, there will be processes and procedures that are particular to a Division, Department or Centre. It is intended that this information be used in conjunction with what is already in place at the local level.

Beyond financial needs, people who become tutors or demonstrators have a genuine interest in teaching and learning at the University. They bring their own expertise and insights into the classroom. Dr Sarah Stein explains what motivates many new tutors and demonstrators.

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The course coordinator role

It is important to explain to tutors and demonstrators their responsibilities as employees of the University. Coordinators should have a good awareness of their roles as well as support them in their professional development. Communication should include information about the conditions of their employment, work times, and salary.

Recruiting and employing

We have compiled checklists that you may find helpful to refer to when employing demonstrators and tutors. These are available in the documents area on the right. Two different checklists are available, depending on whether you are working at department or paper-level.

Find more information on the Human Resources Guidelines for the Employment of Tutors and Demonstrators page. The following pages may also be useful:

If you have applicants for the role that are not successful, it is important to provide them with constructive feedback.


HEDC offers tutor training workshops that will help a new tutor or demonstrator get started.
Find out about upcoming workshops on our professional development workshop page

If you plan on running your own tutor or demonstrating programme in your department or residential college please feel free to contact Dr Rob Wass for advice.

Teaching evaluation

Evaluation can be for immediate feedback during the course, or to conclude a particular teaching module. Many options are available, so it is important to talk with the tutor or demonstrator about what they would like achieve. All HEDC evaluation services are available to tutors and demonstrators.
Find more information on evaluation