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UNIV Teaching Assistant Application Due to Cole Field House, Room 1102 No later than Friday February 25, 2010 The UNIV Teaching Assistant (UTA) experience is an opportunity for upperclassmen to view the classroom from a different perspective. Students are paired with an instructor and placed in either a UNIV100 or 101 section. UTAs work with their assigned instructors in creating the class syllabus, activities, and assignments. This is not a traditional TA position; UTAs are active participants in all aspects of the course - from leading class discussions, to reading journal assignments, from explaining the honor code, to attending the First Look Fair. UTAs are representatives of the Office of Orientation and of the University of Maryland. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS UTAs begin their commitment at the end of August with a one-day training and remain in their position through the Fall semester. Given that this is a credit-bearing experience, students must feel secure that they can balance the responsibilities associated with being a UTA with the rest of their academic classes. Eligible candidates must be of Junior or Senior standing by the Fall 2010 semester and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. It is NOT required that you have taken UNIV100 or 101. A written application and an unofficial copy of applicant’s transcript must be submitted by Thursday, February 25th and a one-on-one interview must be completed in order to be fully eligible for this experience. RESPONSIBILITIES UTAs spend, on average, 8 hours a week fulfilling the responsibilities associated with this position. Prior to the Fall semester: Before the course begins UTAs are required to attend one day of training at the end of August. Multiple dates are arranged to provide flexibility in attendance. In addition, UTAs will be provided with the name and contact information of the instructor with whom they are paired. It is the responsibility of the UTA to initiate contact. The earlier this is done, the more input the UTA will have with course planning. During the Fall semester: The UTA experience is composed of two parts: 1. EDUC388 – This is a three-credit seminar course taken by the UTA in order to prepare for, and deal with, the challenges of teaching college freshmen. This classroom time provides an environment for a peer network, as well as instructor support and feedback. UTAs use weekly journals to reflect on course readings as well as their experiences. 2. EDCI498 – This is the one-credit received for the experiential aspect of the UTA experience. The instructor with whom the UTA is paired submits mid- term and final evaluations, thereby providing the grade for this credit. The minimum expectation is that UTAs lead 3 to 5 activities on their own, as well as multiple other activities in conjunction with the instructor. UNIV Teaching Assistant Application Fall 2010 PLESASE WRITE LEGIBLY! Name: ______________________________ Class Standing (Fall 2010): Junior Senior (circle one) Student ID#: _________________________ Local Address: Permanent Address (if different from local): ___________________________________ ____________________________________ ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Local Phone Number: Permanent Phone Number: ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Email Address: Major: ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Did you take a UNIV class? Yes No (If yes) who was your instructor/UTA? ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Is your cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher? Yes No What is the best way to contact you? Cumulative GPA (optional): ____________ ______________________________ ***NOTE: You must submit an unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript with your application. You can download and print this from TESTUDO. Please provide typewritten responses to the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. 1.) What do you believe is the purpose of UNIV? What do you think that you can add to the students’ experience with this course as a UTA? 2.) Describe the characteristics that you believe will help you to be a successful UTA. 3.) What are your commitments outside of class? What types of activities have you been involved with in the past? What types of leadership/teaching experiences have you had? ***In addition to submitting this written application you must also complete a one-on-one interview to take place during the week of March 1-10, 2010. You can arrange an interview time when you drop off this application or you can call Lindsay Throne at x40403 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unavailable during the interview dates please contact Lindsay ASAP.
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