Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teaching Assistant - INFO 470

The Information School is seeking applicants for a TA position for the undergraduate course Informatics 470: Research Methods in Informatics. This is an introductory course focusing on the research process and investigating information needs, creation, organization, flow, retrieval, and use. In this course, students will the stages of research methods, which include: research definition, questions, objectives, data collection and management, data analysis, and data interpretation. Students will also explore the various research techniques: observation, interviews, questionnaires, and transaction-log analysis

This position will average 20 hours per week. INFO 370 has two sections. Section A meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. with a lab on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Section B meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. with a lab on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Classes run from September 24th through December 12th. The TA for this course must arrange with the instructor which class days and times will be attended on a regular basis, be available to lead the lab sections, 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, hold extra review sessions for exams, obtain room for review sessions, 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, place course materials on library reserve.

• Demonstrated knowledge of course content, i.e., the research process, stages of research, and research techniques.

Preferred Qualifications
• Research experience
• 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 crystaly@u.washington.edu. 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 iApply@u.washington.edu or to Mary Gates Hall, Suite 370, no later than Monday, September 15th. All candidates will be contacted within two weeks of closing date.