Thursday, August 28, 2008

Teaching Assistant INFO 424

Position Description

TA for INFO 424: Information Visualization and Aesthetics

Start Date: 9/16/08

End Date: 12/15/08

We are seeking applicants for a TA position for the undergraduate course Informatics 424: Information Visualization and Aesthetics. This course examines the visualization of information. Students will explore human perception, the aesthetics of information design, and the mechanics of visual display.

This position will average 20 hours per week. This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. with a lab on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Classes run from September 24th through December 12th. The TA for this course must attend all classes, be available to 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, tutor students, manage and respond to course-related e-mail, 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.


· The successful applicant must have strong computer skills with working knowledge of some scripting language(s) such as JavaScript and ActionScript. Visual design skills are highly desirable.

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 Monday, September 8th. All candidates will be contacted within two weeks of closing date.