How to apply to be a UTA
In order to become a UTA follow the following steps!
- Reach out to a faculty member you would like to work with. Please note, you must have taken that particular class with that professor and passed the class with a B or higher.
- Have the faculty member write you a letter of intent. This should be a simple statement from the faculty member indicating they have agreed to have you as their UTA for the designated term and course.
- If the faculty is open to the idea of having a UTA for that course complete the application linked above.
- Applications will be reviewed and selected students will be notified.
What is an Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship?
An undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA), is an upper-level student, either a sophomore, junior, or senior, who helps a college professor with a specific class for a semester.
Prerequisite: Students must apply for the course and must have completed with a grade of “B” or higher the course for which they wish to serve as a UTA.
Course Description: Provides motivated students with an opportunity to acquire experience in hands-on teaching and course development through a partnership with a faculty member. Students are expected to meet once a week with the course instructor and to attend all the classes for the course in which they are the assigned UTA. Offered as needed.
What does a UTA do?
As part of the CORE 3001 student must attend a training orientation meeting prior to the start of the semester, complete a mid-semester evaluation form and attend a final course evaluation and reflection.
UTAs have a wide variety of responsibilities, but it really depends on the professor they are a TA for.
Duties may include:
- Attending the class the professor is instructing on a regular basis
- Helping lead class group discussions or in class activities
- Tutoring students outside of class
- Holding study sessions with students prior to a quiz or test
- Delivering short lectures under the advisement of your professor (each student should give two lectures during the course of the semester)
- Helping the professor prepare for class
Please note: UTAs are not able to grade assignments but might assist with other types of student feedback.
Benefits to being a UTA
- Improve professional communication and presentation skills
- Improve leadership skills
- Improve time management skills
- Increase knowledge of course development
- Increase in knowledge and understanding of topics in your major or future career field
- Establish a relationship with a professor/mentor who can help you when applying to graduate school or jobs after college
- Earn upper level course credit (CORE 3001)
Cheryl Bardales M.Ed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Science Building - 103