Teaching Associate (TA) for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks graduate students as Teaching Associate applicants. Teaching Associates typically are responsible for providing classroom and/or laboratory instruction for general education courses. Eligibility is determined by successful TA eligibility, department eligibility and adequate funding.
The department reserves the right to choose the most qualified candidate for each position and to assign TAs to the courses that are appropriate for the department program and curriculum in any given semester. Due to staff and curriculum changes, courses offered may vary, and no guarantee of employment from semester to semester can be made.
Anticipated Appointment Dates: This position is opened until filled. If you have applied and no other positions are available, you will be notified.
Fall 2023: August 17, 2023 - December 22, 2023
Spring 2024: January 16, 2024 - May 18, 2024
Hours/Units per week: Students can work up to 20-hours per week;
- 1-unit is equivalent to 2.66 hours per week (40hrs x 1-unit/15-unit)
- The typical range for labs is between 1.3-wtus - 5.2-wtus (dependent on courses and number of section(s) assigned)
- The typical range for lectures is between 3-6 units (dependent on courses and number of section(s) assigned)
- No more than 6-units
Job Duties may include the following, but will be dependent upon the specific course to which the teaching associate will be assigned, as well as upon the specific needs of the faculty member in charge of the course:
- Perform laboratory or discussion section instruction for one or more course offerings
- Create a laboratory or discussion classroom environment that is conducive to learning
- Use of Canvas or designated learning management system (LMS)
- Create assignments for students
- Prepare course materials, e.g. organizational set-up of lab materials or quizzes
- Administer/proctor examinations (in lab/discussion sections or for the lecture course associated with such)
- Assess student performance on lab exams/assignments and help faculty instructor integrate laboratory performance by each student into their final course grades
- Show responsiveness to improvement suggestions from faculty, coordinator, and student evaluations of instructional performance
- Supervise small discussion groups
- Assist students outside of class and/or laboratory hours, including but not limited to holding office hours and by appointment
- Attend TA orientation sessions at the beginning of each semester
- Attend meetings scheduled by the faculty or staff for purposes of briefing, coordination, and discussion of course content
- Attend appropriate safety training sessions and ensure that students in laboratory sections are following safety procedures
- Assist with departmental assessment activities when requested
- Perform other assignments supportive of university instruction
- Operate in a collegial fashion with members of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and with other university employees
Qualifications: A candidate for the position of teaching associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Admission to and concurrent enrollment in the Fresno State Master’s Program in Chemistry in good academic standing.
- Completion of a bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related field pertinent to the course(s) being taught.
- Enrollment in at least 6-units for the semester or in two courses toward the degree.
- Demonstrated, satisfactory progress towards the degree.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to relate well with others within the academic environment and have the ability or potential to learn how to instruct and evaluate students.
- Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin in Spring 2023 for a Fall 2023 start date.
*For full consideration, the application and all required materials must be submitted by March 31; consideration will continue on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
The following documents are required to upload:
- Current unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate education. If you have attended more than one institution, please copy and combine these transcripts into one document. How to submit your unofficial transcripts:
- If you are a Fresno State student: Sign into https://my.fresnostate.edu. Access your Unofficial Transcript. Highlight all text throughout the document, copy it and paste it into a word processor document, and save the document with your name somewhere in the file name.
- If you are not yet a Fresno State student: Most U.S. universities allow students to access their academic records online, in a way similar to the way described above for Fresno State students. Contact your institution’s registrar to find out how to access your unofficial transcript and follow the process described above. If you have transcripts from more than one institution, please copy them all and paste them into one document, as PageUp only allows one document to be uploaded into the link for transcripts. Make certain that each institution is clearly indicated within this document.
- Curriculum Vita, or résumé. Your Curriculum Vita, or CV, is the academic equivalent of a résumé. It should contain your contact information, your employment and educational history, skills such as computer programming, familiarity with commonly used computer programs, as well as internships, awards, volunteer service, training and any other experience you have that is relevant to education and a list of three references.
- List of three references. The online application will request you to enter your three references separate from your C.V. The letters of references will be requested by the committee. Be prepared to enter the following for each of your three referents:
- First name
- Last name
- Type of reference
- Position Title
- Phone Number
- E-mail address
Inquiries: Dr. Krish Krishnan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finalists: may be asked for an interview
Teaching Associates additional information regarding assignment:
The California State University Teaching Associate Classification and Standards
- Evaluations: For details please view the Academic Policy Manual, Section 311
- Salary: Each department has different salary scales. Please check with your department for your Base Salary. The monthly salary is calculated based on the Weighted Teaching Units assigned.
- Salary Schedule: The CSU Salary Schedule can be found here (Class Code = 2354 for Teaching Associates).
- Assignments: Assignments are made by Department Chair or Program Coordinator after consultation with the teaching associate.
- Duties Form: Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Unit 11, a Duties Form (see Appendix E of the CBA) will be completed between the Department and Academic Student Employee. This form substantiates the jobs included for the department teaching associate position.
- Teaching Associate is a student position for those actively enrolled in a graduate program at Fresno State.
- Students are limited to 20-hours of part-time work on campus.
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