Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

Be a part of an amazing team and help support the department!

The Department of Computer Science undergraduate teaching assistants (UGTAs) provide a vital service to the department, faculty, and students. UGTAs work as part of a team to help, support, and mentor students enrolled in CS courses. The experience provides an opportunity to develop soft skills (effective communication, team work, problem-solving, creativity, adaptability, and empathy) while reinforcing hard skills and concepts (programming languages, subject knowledge, teaching). 

We hire new UGTAs each semester. Please consider joining this elite group of students. 

Applications for current and former UGTAs: HERE 

Applications for new/prospective UGTAs: HERE 

For Fall hiring (occurs in spring semester): Applications open in late March/early April. 

For Spring hiring (occurs in fall semester): Applications open in late October/early November. 

 

Contact Martin Marquez (martinmarquez@cs.arizona.edu) if you have any questions about UGTA hiring. 

 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Course Coordinator-in-training

Course Coordinator

UGTAs in the Department of Computer Science assist instructors in delivering undergraduate computer science courses. CS introductory courses utilize active learning and collaborative learning spaces to provide a collaborative and supportive environment for students learning programming skills. All teaching assistants have taken and excelled in the courses they support and are familiar with the material to mentor new students as they learn.

UGTAs support CSC 101(fall only), 110, 120, 144, 210, 244, 252, and 335. There may also be opportunities to support other courses in the department, depending on need. 

UGTAs have varying responsibilities, depending on the course. In general, UGTAs will:

  • Attend class lectures to support collaborative in-class activities

  • Offer office hours to help students one-on-one

  • Answer student questions via course discussion forums

  • Offer supplemental instruction section each week

  • Assist with grading assignments and exams

  • Help develop and test course content

  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings

Qualifications for Teaching Assistant

  1. Willingness to mentor CS students and support them to be successful college students

  2. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills

  3. Ability to attend lectures of class in which applying to be UGTA

  4. Interest in supporting collaborative and positive environments for CS students

  5. Availability to attend weekly course meetings

  6. Currently in good academic standing with overall and major GPAs

  7. Availability to work 10-12 hours per week

Course coordinators are experienced UGTAs that assist the instructor with course management and will have a supervisory role with the course UGTAs.

Course coordinators are expected to help the instructor with the many facets of managing large courses that have many students and many UGTAs supporting these students. Course coordinator duties will vary in each course and in general course coordinators will:

  • Assist with classroom management

  • Assist with UGTA coordination and supervision

  • Assist with developing, reviewing, and testing homework problems, quizzes, and exam questions

  • Assist students via email and course discussion forums

  • Assist with grading and monitoring grading of UGTAs

  • Assist in covering for absent UGTAs

  • Assist with preparation for and attend weekly staff meetings

  • Other duties as assigned by instructor

Qualifications for Course Coordinator

  1. Previous SL/UGTA in course to which applying with positive reviews from instructor(s) and students (Preferred)

  2. Strong interest in supporting instructors with course management

  3. Willingness to mentor other students and support them to be successful UGTAs

  4. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills

  5. Ability to attend lectures of class in which applying to be coordinator

  6. Interest in supporting collaborative and positive environments for CS students

  7. Availability to attend weekly course meetings and other planning meetings, as needed

  8. Currently in good academic standing with overall and major GPAs

  9. Availability to work approximately 15 hours per week

  • 3-4 hours of course lecture

  • 2 hours for office hours

  • 2-3 hours grading

  • 1 hour weekly course meeting

Students may receive pay for being a teaching assistant. Compensation begins at RATE TO BE UPDATED and increases with academic years of experience and role; course coordinators do receive a higher hourly rate. Students are hired as department employees and are responsible for reviewing and understanding the policies in the Student Employment Manual.

Students choosing to earn credit for being a teaching assistant will need to confirm via email and will be enrolled in 3 units of CSC 391. 

Students choosing to volunteer for being a teaching assistant will be required to complete all necessary paperwork required for volunteering. Students choosing this option will be contacted by a member of the Department of Computer Science Financial and Administrative Services in order to complete the process. 

Applications for current and former UGTAs: HERE 

Applications for new/prospective UGTAs: HERE 

For Fall hiring (occurs in spring semester): Applications open in late March/early April. 

For Spring hiring (occurs in fall semester): Applications open in late October/early November. 

The interview is split into three parts (~10 mins each part):

  1. Getting to know you. Questions about relevant experience(s), motivation for being a UGTA, and discussion about the UGTA role. Conducted by current course coordinators. 
  2. Presentation on a CS topic of your choice. You will be presenting on a CS topic of your choosing to a couple of current course coordinators. We recommend that you present on a topic relevant for the course you would like to TA for. 
  3. In-class activity simulation. You will take on the role of a UGTA in a classroom-like setting. Current TAs will take on the role of students working on an assignment. A course coordinator will be observing you during this portion of the interview.

Consider reviewing the information on these slides. If you still have questions, contact Martin Marquez (martinmarquez@cs.arizona.edu).