The Department of Chemistry is seeking talented and highly motivated graduate students to fill positions as Out-of-Department Teaching Assistants (OODs). OODs guide students in chemistry courses to a deeper comprehension of material which the OODs themselves are expected to understand. They are to maintain the utmost standard of responsibility, integrity, and professionalism while in this position. OODs in the Chemistry Department are assigned to teach multiple course sections of a lower level lab, typically the General Chemistry laboratory (3 sections of CHE 111 or 2 sections of 113), as determined by the Academic Coordinator (laboratory supervisor). Assistantships are dependent upon availability of all teaching and instructional assistants.
This position requires a full semester commitment of approximately 20 hours per week and includes the following duties, expectations, and requirements:
The Graduate School’s university-wide TA Orientation.
The department’s orientation activities.
The following UK Environmental Health & Safety Training courses with record of completion provided to the Academic Coordinator before the first day of classes. Training must have been completed within the past nine months and be valid through the end of the semester.
Chemical Hygiene Plan / Laboratory Safety or the Annual Refresher
Hazardous Waste, specific
Chemical Fume Hood
Fire Extinguisher Training
Emergency Eyewash and Safety Shower Station Use & Inspection
Attendance and participation in weekly TA/ULA meetings.
Laboratory preparation, clean-up, and safety management before, during, and after class.
Instruction and monitoring of a maximum of 24 students per section, under the supervision of the Academic Coordinator(s), in the following capacities:
Assistance with experiments.
Answering questions, providing feedback, and other correspondence in-person and online via email, the course discussion site, Piazza, or other methods.
Three office hours per week in the General Chemistry Learning Center.
Grade and evaluate student work according to rubrics.
Specific training on the use of the grading rubrics are provided during orientation and during the weekly meetings to ensure all sections are evaluated consistently. Academic Coordinator(s) spot-check grades, resolve any discrepancies or disputes, and determine all final grades.
Records maintenance and retention of student coursework via the course Learning Management site as well as hard copies.
Participation in professional development included in but not limited to orientation, weekly meetings, formal in-lab observations and end-of-semester evaluations conducted by the Academic Coordinator (or delegate), and with any activities throughout the assignment in which there are discussions of appropriate behaviors befitting a professional in an academic setting.
Other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.
Students may not exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year for all assignments across campus. OODs receive a stipend, a tuition scholarship provided by the UK Graduate School/College of Arts & Sciences, and Student Health Plan Coverage provided by the Graduate School/College of Arts & Sciences. For more information on tuition scholarships, please visit https://gradschool.uky.edu/tuition-scholarship-information. For more information on health plan coverage, please visit https://gradschool.uky.edu/health-plan.
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