Subject: Job: BSCI UTA Fall 2021, application deadline April15
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 2021 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)
-Teach one lab or discussion section per week (lab/discussion UTAs)
-Adequately prepare for teaching
-Grade papers & assignments as assigned by the lab or discussion supervisor,
or the faculty instructor
-Hold office hours
-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 Tuesdays 3 pm
New UTAs teaching labs must attend a lab safety training session prior to or
during the first week of classes. This work will require an average of 10
hours per week, depending on the course requirements. The stipend is
$1,762.5 for the semester, paid in an hourly wage.
UTA applications are due April 15th, 2021.
Some UTA positions will be awarded before May 15th 2021. However, most
positions will be awarded between May15th and June 30th. 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 BSCI160 or BSCI170, taken at UMCP
-Sufficient time free for the UTA position
-At least one 3-hour block of time available to teach a 2 or 3 hour lab or
discussion (lab/discussion UTAs)
-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 (new UTAs
only). The teaching seminar course will be held on Tuesdays 3 pm
The courses available for UTAs and the typical prep meeting times for each
course are listed below. UTA positions will be filled based on staffing
needs and applicant backgrounds and preferences.
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
BSCI150 Beyond Race: Human Biological Diversity. Provides the scientific
evidence for rejecting race as a biological concept. The course covers basic
biology, human evolution, human phylogenetics, and a critique of race as an
explanation of human traits. Non- majors, general education.
Prep meeting: Thursday 4 - 6pm
BSCI160 Principles of Ecology and Evolution. Basic principles of biology with
special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
Prep meeting: TBA
BSCI161 Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab. Basic laboratory principles
of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
Prep meeting: likely Friday 2 - 4pm
BSCI170 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Basic principles of
biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
Prep meetings: TBA
BSCI171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab. Basic laboratory
principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular
Prep meetings: Friday 2 - 5pm
BSCI201 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: Friday 11am - 1pm
BSCI207 Principles of Biology III – Organismal Biology. 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
Prep meetings: Friday 12 - 1pm
BSCI223 General Microbiology. Fundamental concepts in morphology, physiology,
genetics, immunology, ecology, and pathogenic microbiology.
Prep meetings: TBA
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 4-5:30pm
BSCI410 Molecular Genetics. An advanced genetics course emphasizing the
molecular basis of gene structure and function in the context of modern
approaches to the genetics of humans and model organisms.
Prep meetings: TBA
BSCI441 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory. Laboratory exercises in experimental
Prep meetings: TBA
Interested students fill out the application found here:
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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