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Francisca Saavedra <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Job: BSCI UTA Program, Fall  2016

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fellows Program Fall

The Biological Sciences Program, within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)
Fall 2016 in a program designed to develop teaching and communication skills,
organization ability, knowledge, and leadership. Each UTA will be supervised
by the lab or discussion coordinator for the course they are assigned to, and
will be required to perform the duties typically expected of a teaching

UTA duties will include:
-Attend weekly prep meetings as scheduled by the lab or discussion supervisor
(see below for times)
-Attend lectures.
-Teach one lab or discussion section per week (except for BSCI207, see below)
-Adequately prepare for teaching the lab or discussion
-Grade papers & assignments as assigned by the lab or discussion supervisor,
or the faculty instructor
-Hold office hours as directed by the lab or discussion supervisor
-Help to proctor lecture exams as needed
-Be available one week prior to the beginning of classes for scheduled TA
-UTA’s who have not previously done so will register for and attend a
1-credit weekly seminar course on teaching skills and issues, BSCI279P, which
meets on Wednesday 4-5pm (prep UTAs are exempt from this requirement).

New UTAs teaching labs must attend a lab safety training session prior to or
during the first week of classes. This work will require 10 - 15 hours per
week, depending on the course requirements. The stipend is $1500.00 for the
semester, paid in an hourly wage. Undergraduate students will be hired for
only one UTA position in any given semester, but will be allowed to apply for
a position in a later semester, assuming their performance is satisfactory.

Interested students fill out the application found here:

UTA applications are due April 24th, 2016.

Some UTA positions will be awarded May 2-13, 2016. Hiring will continue
throughout the summer until all positions are filled.

Minimum application requirements:
-Second year student
-Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Have taken the course they wish to TA at UMCP and earned a grade of B or
-Students with AP credit for a course will have completed the next higher
level course with a grade of B or higher
-For the non-majors courses a UTA will have earned a grade of B or higher in
either BSCI105 or BSCI106, taken at UMCP.
-Sufficient time free for the UTA position
-At least one four hour block of time available to teach a 2 or 3 hour lab or
-Time free to attend lectures for course
-Time free to attend prep meeting. Prep meeting times are provided below.
-Time to attend the 1-hour per week teaching skills seminar course. The
teaching seminar course will be held: Wed 4-5pm (prep-lab UTAs are exempt
from this requirement)

The courses available for UTAs and the typical prep meeting times for each
course are listed below. It is not assured that UTA applicants will be hired
for any particular course. UTA positions will be filled based on staffing
needs and applicant backgrounds.

BSCI135 Amazing Green: Plants that Transformed the World I-Series. An
interactive way to learn about plants and science, focusing on how plants
have changed human history, the biology of their growth, and the science
behind their use. Non-majors general education.
Prep meeting: Friday afternoon

BSCI161 Principles of Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (ex BSCI106 lab)
Prep meeting: likely Friday 2:00 – 5pm

BSCI171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory. (ex BSCI105
Prep meetings: Friday 2 - 5pm

BSCI189I Race, Genomics and Human Evolutionary History. Fundamental concepts
in chemical, cellular, genetic, molecular, & evolutionary biology required to
understand human biological diversity, its origins, & its implications for
concepts of "race," non- majors general education.
Prep meeting: TBA

BSCI 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Anatomy and physiology of the
skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems.
Prep meetings: Friday 1 - 3pm

BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Anatomy and physiology of the
cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive
Prep meetings: Thursday 2 - 4pm

BSCI207 Principles of Biology III. The diversity, structure and function of
organisms as understood from the perspective of their common physicochemical
principles and unique evolutionary histories.
Prep meeting time TBA

BSCI222 Principles of Genetics. Principles and mechanisms of heredity and
gene expression.
Prep meetings: Friday 8 - 9am

BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology. Biochemical and physiological mechanisms
underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible
and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and
integrate with each other and their environment.
Prep meetings: Friday 2 - 5pm

Interested students fill out the application found here:

Questions? Contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra, [log in to unmask]

Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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