UNITE Program Teaching Assistant (TA) - Student Hourly - 24335BR

UNITE Program Teaching Assistant (TA) - Student Hourly

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The UNITE Program is a supplemental grant to the TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS-LT). UNITE is a pre-college summer program for talented high school students from groups historically underserved and underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). An initiative of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), Unite is administered by the Technology Student Association (TSA). TSA is a member of the AEOP Consortium formed by the AEOP cooperative agreement award (W911SR-15-2-0001), a group of education organizations that oversee STEM programs designed to support the goals and mission of the AEOP. The lead organization for the consortium is Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research and development organization with a strong commitment to STEM education. However, this summer, as mentioned before, will be virtual.

UNITE Primary Goal: provide rigorous academic coursework and hands-on activities that spark and sustain student interest in STEM and that will help prepare and encourage students to pursue college-level studies and, eventually, STEM careers.

Teaching assistant will need a minimum education qualification of undergraduate sophomore (minimum of 30 credit hours). Teaching assistant will provide assistance to the instructor in the development and implementation of STEM content-area curriculum, lesson plans, and activities. Teaching assistant will assist with all aspects of the course including preparation of materials, presentations to the class, proctoring exams, grading of assignments. Teaching assistant will assist in identifying opportunities for STEM career events or field trips. Teaching assistant will work with instructors as additional support to assure participant’s success in the program.

Classes are held Monday – Thursday afternoons starting June 12 through July 7, 2023. A mandatory training is scheduled for June 1 and June 2. The position is an on-going temporary summer appointment.

Job Description

55% Instruction

• Develop a thorough understanding of the project's overall goals and assist with a challenging program of study that will promote success and generate confidence within each student
• Aid the instructor in the development and implementation of STEM content-area curriculum/lesson plans
• Provide instruction for hands-on STEM activities as needed
• Reinforce STEM AEOP opportunities available to students.
• Assist in identifying opportunities for STEM events that are available and relevant to instruction and classroom activities

20% Administration

• Complete all administrative tasks fully and punctually
• Grade any assigned work and complete weekly progress reports and final grade reports for each student
• Always maintain sensitive student information
• Read and respond to all communication, stay up to date on change in schedules
• Maintain accurate participant attendance records
• Must attend training prior to program and weekly staff meetings as required
• Be flexible and willing to do other duties as assigned

10% Community Development

• Communicate respectfully and effectively with students, permanent staff, and fellow staff members
• Develop positive and supportive relationships with all students
• Establish an atmosphere that appreciates all student identities, cultures, and beliefs

10% - Policy Enforcement

• Model and enforce all university and program policies
• Respond promptly to student issues, conflicts, mediation needs, and crisis situations and report to appropriate staff
• Document all policy violations consistently

5% - Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  1. Candidate must be representative of the participant’s backgrounds (first generation college students, low-income, underrepresented minorities, women, etc.)
  2. Candidate must have strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in education as evidenced by application materials.
  3. 24+ undergraduate hours at the end of spring 2023 semester
  4. KU Student must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours each semester during the academic year. Enrollment of one (1) hour during the summer session is required if the student was not enrolled in the previous spring or is not pre-enrolled in the upcoming fall term.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with conducting research
  2. Experience with culturally diverse students
  3. Teaching expertise and experience in STEM field.
  4. Experience with Federal TRIO/UNITE Programs
  5. Available to teach, June 12th –July 7th, Monday-Thursday.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • online application
  • resume
  • cover letter
  • name and contact information for three (3) professional references

Contact Information to Applicants

Upward Bound Math and Science Program

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $10 per hour, commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday-Thursday, hours vary. Up to 20 hours per week.

Anticipated Start Date


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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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