The STARS program in the UW College of Engineering has an opportunity for an outstanding teaching assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year.
STARS supports highly motivated Washington state residents from low-income backgrounds and underserved high schools to graduate with degrees in engineering and computer. STARS provides a comprehensive set of resources and services to a select cohort of roughly 30 students per year. The program is intensely rigorous and takes a “no-holds barred” approach to working hard to achieve personal, academic and professional success. Our Chemistry TA plays a pivotal role in this results-centered program. Serving as the STARS Chemistry teaching assistant provides an excellent opportunity for a graduate student interested in sharpening their teaching skills as the program provides guidance and regular feedback. It is also an excellent way to have a meaningful experience to describe in a diversity statement for future faculty candidates.
The program is seeking a TA to support STARS students in our supplemental workshops for chemistry. Qualified candidates will demonstrate competency in chemistry. Preference will be given to Ph.D. students interested in developing excellent teaching skills, promoting diversity in STEM fields.
To be considered for this TA position, candidates must be willing and able to attend approximately 8 to 10 hours of training during May/June 2021 (specific times and dates TBD). Hours spent in training will result in a commensurate reduction in the total number of service hours required in one or more quarters during the 2021-22 academic year as specified by the TA supervisor.
Under the supervision of the STARS Director:
● Serve as the lead instructor for support workshops in CHEM 152 (fall quarter for second-year students), CHEM 110 (winter quarter for first-year students), and CHEM 142 (spring quarter for first-year students).
● Handle one-on-one student communications with regards to courses they teach.
● Communicate pertinent course information to students via multiple platforms including Canvas announcements, email, and in-class announcements.
● Work with students individually or in small groups to provide academic, study skills, and motivational support.
● Attend extended study sessions in their assigned subject(s) on several weekend dates per quarter.
● Set-up and manage course Canvas pages.
● Perform administrative functions such as course preparation/planning, grading, and assist in final grade assessments in addition to weekly teaching and tutoring.
● Attend scheduled meetings and training or planning sessions required by the STARS program.
● Perform other duties as assigned.
● Undergraduate degree in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, or related discipline.
● Strong commitment to teaching, with teaching or tutoring experience strongly desired.
● Strong commitment to working with first-generation and underrepresented students and students from low-income backgrounds.
● Patience and strong organizational skills for helping students who may be struggling with chemistry.
● Ability to maintain, track and update attendance sheets and work closely with STARS counselors on obstacles to success that individual students may experience.
● High motivation, good interpersonal skills, flexibility and ability to strive in fast-paced environment.
● Superior time management skills.
● Strong communication skills using multiple platforms and ability to work as part of a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment.
This is a 50% FTE academic student employee appointment and includes the standard tuition waiver and health benefits. Salary is commensurate with the appointee’s academic standing. For salary information, please see: https://grad.uw.edu/graduate-student-funding/funding-information-for-departments/administering-assistantships/tara-salaries/. Please note that the salary schedule for the 2021-22 academic year is unlikely to be published until summer 2021.
The position is open until filled. To apply, send a CV, a cover letter, and an unofficial copy of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts to Carrie Mills at email@example.com.
● For more information about the STARS program, please see: https://www.engr.washington.edu/stars/.
● The position is an academic student employee position covered by the UW/AUW 4121 contract. For more information about the union, please see: http://hr.uw.edu/labor/unions/uaw/contract?redirect=contract/index.html.
● The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or firstname.lastname@example.org.