Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

Support Computer Science Courses

Applications now available, for current UGTAs and prospective/new UGTAs. Applications are due April 24 before 12pm**UPDATE: NEW DEADLINE,11:59pm SUNDAY APRIL 26**. Interviews will be scheduled on April 27 and candidates notified on that day via UA email. Interviews will be held May 1 and May 2.

 

What positions are available?

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Course Coordinator

 

What is an undergraduate teaching assistant (UGTA)?

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.

 

Which courses do UGTAs support?

Currently UGTAs support CSC 101, 110, 120, 210, 245, 252, and 335. There may also be opportunities to support other courses including CSC 317, CSC 337, CSC 345, CSC 372 and 400-level CSC courses.

 

What do UGTAs do?

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

 

What is a course coordinator?

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

 

What do course coordinators do?

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

 

What are the qualifications to be a course coordinator? A teaching assistant?

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

 

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. Completion of CSC 120 with a grade of B or better

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

  8. Availability to work 10-12 hours per week

 

What does the typical weekly schedule look like?

  • 3-4 hours of course lecture

  • 2 hours for office hours

  • 2-3 hours grading

  • 1 hour weekly course meeting

 

Is this is a paid position? Can I earn credit instead? Can I volunteer instead?

Students may receive pay for being a teaching assistant. Compensation begins at $12.50/hr and increases with semesters 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 complete and submit the Individual Studies Proposal Form.

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.