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UMS Teaching Assistant Position

Call for Teaching Assistant applications for the Understanding Media Studies Media Design/Audio and Acoustic Environments work group.

Qualifications and requirements as well as the details of the application process can be found below.

Please note that the priority deadline for this opportunity will be on June 3, 2013.
Applications (as detailed in the below description) should be submitted to Dawnja Burris ( of Media Studies_Fall 2013 Teaching Assistant: Understanding Media Studies workgroup:

Media Design / Audio and Acoustic Environments


  • High interest in teaching
  • Must be in last year of program or first year alumnus
  • Completion of UMS with grade of A or A-
  • Completed program concentration in the focus area(s) applying for
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.8
  • Authorization to work in the US and social security number
  • Excellent organizational, speaking and leadership skills


Oversee graduate students co-registered in work groups associated with required first semester course, Understanding Media Studies (UMS). Coordinate and lead Friday onsite meeting schedule with students (including online students via Google Hangout); maintain ongoing communication and coordination with students and UMS faculty member. Lead students through required assignments for work group and overall course, including: organizing students into subgroups to identify, research and deliver a presentation on a subject related to their work group’s focus area(s); assist students with creation of working resources document related to their research presentations; assist students with the preparation of individual finalassignments for the parent course, UMS.

Additional, Provost’s Office Description:

Teaching Assistants assist in course delivery and serve as apprentices under the supervision of the instructor(s) for a course. They are selected by the lead faculty or department chair for each course. Duties may include attending all course meetings; reading and grading a percentage of the assigned coursework;making themselves available to their students for individual academic assistance; participating in the University Pedagogy Seminar and The Introduction to Teaching Workshop for graduate student instructors prior to, or no later than, the first semester they are teaching as a Teaching Assistant; completing Blackboard tutorial prior to the beginning of semester teaching; familiarizing themselves with student services and other academic support so that students can be referred for support or assistance as needed; and abiding by all University academic and personnel policies and guidelines.


  • Onsite availability throughout 15 week semester
  • Conduct 7 bi-weekly Friday onsite sessions
  • Coordinate class online between sessions 12 hours weekly workload$4,125 semester stipend

To Apply: (priority deadline: June 3, 2013)

Send statement of interest highlighting involvement in the work group subject area, confirmation of all qualifications (including Media Studies MA transcript) and name and contact of (at least) one School of Media Studies faculty member who can provide reference to:

Dawnja Burris