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Undergraduate Instructional Assistant for General Chemistry Laboratory - SUMMER 2019
University of Kentucky

Date Posted May 2, 2019
Title Undergraduate Instructional Assistant for General Chemistry Laboratory - SUMMER 2019
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8E030:Chemistry
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Chemistry - General

The Department of Chemistry is seeking talented and highly motivated, upper-level undergraduates to fill positions as Undergraduate Instructional Assistants Type 1 (UIA-I), commonly titled Undergraduate Laboratory Assistants (ULAs). ULAs guide students in chemistry courses to a deeper comprehension of material which the ULAs themselves are expected to understand. They are to maintain the utmost standard of responsibility, integrity, and professionalism while in this position. ULAs in the Chemistry Department are assigned to assist a TA or instructor in a course section of General Chemistry Laboratory (CHE 111 or 113) as determined by the Academic Coordinator (laboratory supervisor). These positions are dependent upon availability of all teaching and instructional assistants.
This position requires a full semester commitment of approximately 10-20 hours per week per section and includes the following duties, expectations, and requirements:

  • Completion of
    • The Graduate School’s UIA orientation requirements. (Two online training modules.)
    • The department’s orientation activities.
    • The following UK Environmental Health & Safety Training courses with record of completion provided to the Academic Coordinator before the first day of classes. Training must have been completed within the past nine months and be valid through the end of the semester.
      • Chemical Hygiene Plan / Laboratory Safety or the Annual Refresher
      • Hazardous Waste, specific
      • Chemical Fume Hood
      • Fire Extinguisher Training
      • Emergency Eyewash and Safety Shower Station Use & Inspection
  • Attendance and participation in weekly TA/ULA meetings.
  • Laboratory preparation, clean-up, and safety management before, during, and after class.
  • Instruction and monitoring of a maximum of 24 students per section, under the supervision of the Academic Coordinator(s), in the following capacities:
    • Pre-lab directions.
    • Assistance with experiments.
    • Answering questions, providing feedback, and other correspondence in-person and online via email, the course discussion site, Piazza, or other methods.
    • One "office" hour per week per section in the General Chemistry Learning Center.
  • Assist with grading and evaluating student work according to rubrics.
    • Specific training on the use of the grading rubrics are provided during orientation and during the weekly meetings to ensure all sections are evaluated consistently. Academic Coordinator(s) spot-check grades, resolve any discrepancies or disputes, and determine all final grades.
  • Records maintenance and retention of student coursework via the course Learning Management site as well as hard copies.
  • Participation in professional development included in but not limited to orientation, weekly meetings, formal in-lab observations and end-of-semester evaluations conducted by the Academic Coordinator (or delegate), and with any activities throughout the assignment in which there are discussions of appropriate behaviors befitting a professional in an academic setting.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.
    Students may not exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year for all assignments across campus. First time ULAs will only be assigned one section.

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