Graduate Funding Information Service

January 20, 2022

Teaching Assistant – Biology – Spring 2022

Application Deadline: February 24, 2022

  • For UW graduate students enrolled full time during Spring Quarter 2022 (10+ credit hours)
  • Compensation includes salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance eligibility
  • For Spring Quarter 2022, March 16–June 15
Department of Biology Teaching Assistant (Spring Quarter, 2022) (Handshake link accessible to current UW Seattle and UW Bothell students)
Biology typically hires several non-Biology TAs every quarter, depending on commitments to Biology graduate students. TAs may be required to lead labs or quiz sections at lower division or upper division levels. Courses are offered in: Introductory Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Plant Biology; and Physiology. This application is for Spring Quarter 2022.
Responsibilities:
Teaching assistants perform a wide range of instructional and instructional support positions within their course. Depending on the course, TAs will be asked to attend and facilitate lectures, teach sections, grade exams and other student work, and perform additional course specific requirements decided by the course instructors.  All applicants should check the UW Dates of Instruction for the relevant quarter to ensure that they have no major conflicts. There may be some administrative work or even a meeting prior to Spring quarter, and possibly a small amount of effort in the few days after the end of appointment, but the vast majority of work conforms to the academic calendar.
Courses: 
The courses that require Teaching Assistants vary quarter to quarter. Applicants are asked to do the following:
  • Review descriptions of all Biology courses (available at: http://www.washington.edu/students/crscat/biology.html) to indicate which fall within their areas of expertise.
  • Review the current version of the Time Schedule at http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/SPR2022/biology.html to indicate the courses work with their schedule. Attendance at lectures and a subset of labs or sections may be mandatory, so applicants should compare with courses or other responsibilities they have that cannot be adjusted before indicating interest in a particular course. If this schedule is not currently available, then it will be soon, and changing 2022 to 2021 in the URL will often give a reasonable estimate of scheduling for large courses.
Salary and Benefits: 
Teaching Assistants in Biology are paid at the Biology variable TA rate (as of Jan 17th, 2022, this is $2,418/month for 20 hours per week). Teaching Assistant positions include health insurance and waiver of the quarterly operating fee and other fees required per the UW-UAW contract. Teaching Assistants are personally responsible for paying required additional fees such as the S&A Fee, the Facilities Renovation Fee, and the IMA Bond Fee.
Requirements: 
  • Must be a currently registered UW graduate student in good standing and eligible to hold a graduate student assistantship.
  • Must demonstrate strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have satisfactory grades or equivalent experience in one or more upper division courses in the appropriate field.
  • Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the course, including final exam grading. Must be available to lead labs and/or sections between 8 am and 7 pm.
  • Appointments are contingent on ability to schedule satisfactorily for a combination of sessions, sections, teaching team meetings and grading work.
To apply, do all of the following:
1)    Complete the form linked here: https://form.jotform.com/200976962601055
2)    Email to benlw@uw.edu:
  1. With the subject line “LastName FirstName OOD TA Application QuarterYear”
  2. Attach any relevant college transcripts with the filenames “LastName FirstName Transcripts CollegeName.pdf”
  3. Attach any CV or resume you have with the filenames “LastName FirstName CV-or-Resume.pdf”. You do not need to format it in any way for this application, and please do not include a cover letter.
Only candidates who complete both the form and the email by the deadline will be considered.
Inquiries may be made to Ben Wiggins, benlw@uw.edu, Hitchcock 302.
Application Deadline: February 24th at 11pm
Notification date: Within 2 weeks of application deadline
Acceptance date: Within 14 days of offer or March 20th, whichever is later
Click here for original Handshake posting(Handshake link accessible to current UW Seattle and UW Bothell students)