Thursday, August 28, 2008

Teaching Assistant INFO 320

Position Description
TA for INFO 320: Information Needs, Searching, and Presentation

Start Date: 9/16/08
End Date: 12/15/08

We are seeking applicants for a TA position for the undergraduate course Informatics 320: Information Needs, Searching, and Presentation. This is an introductory course focusing on information needs, database and organization structure, web and database searching/browsing, and information presentation. Students will examine the underlying principles in knowledge representation, indexing, record structures, online search process, search strategies and tactics, assessment of user needs, reference interviewing, post-processing, and organization and presentation of information.

This position will average 20 hours per week. INFO 320 meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. with a lab on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Classes run from September 24th through December 12th. TAs must attend all classes, lead the lab section, and hold regular weekly office hours.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties: attend lectures and conduct lab section meetings as needed by the instructor, facilitate discussions, , request or acquire necessary equipment, hold regular office hours, tutor students, manage and respond to course-related e-mail, prepare and maintain webpage for course materials, develop and maintain electronic bulletin boards, discussion sites, etc., prepare and grade assignments, prepare test questions, proctor and score exams, maintain grading records, prepare and maintain course attendance records, calculate quarter grades, request student assessments for course, attend instructor/TA meetings, act as liaison between student and professor, prepare and present lecture materials, prepare overheads, prepare handout materials, review literature.

• Demonstrated knowledge of course content

Preferred Qualifications
• Enjoy tutoring students and helping students to excel in information science
• Be interested in developing skills for running labs, giving lab presentations, and critiquing student work

This position is open to all University of Washington students. Undergraduate students will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate DOE. PhD and Masters level students are eligible for tuition waiver and benefits (percentage of tuition waived will be dependent upon program student is enrolled in). Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to Crystal Yost, Human Resources Coordinator Successful student must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits autumn quarter 2008 to be eligible.

To apply
1. Please include a cover letter describing your skills and experiences relevant to position.
2. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.

Please submit all application materials to Crystal Yost at or to Mary Gates Hall, Suite 370, no later than noon on Monday, September 8th. All candidates will be contacted within two weeks of closing date.