Teaching Assistant Position Description
First Year Experience Program
Northern Michigan University
Teaching Assistants will work with a faculty member in the planning, facilitating, and coordination of a UN 100 course. Teaching Assistants act as peer leaders, helping first-time freshmen successfully make the transition to college through activities including: 1) moderating discussions; 2) planning activities and informational opportunities; 3) leading whole group and small group initiatives; and 4) serving as a role model, mentor, and liaison.
Roles and Expectations:
- attend ALL FYP and UN 100 training sessions and meetings including UN 391
- work with the assigned UN 100 faculty member to plan the syllabus, course content, meetings, outside activities, etc
- serve as a mentor and role model for academic, co-curricular, and leadership behaviors as well as meet with students outside of class as requested by the UN 100 faculty member
- teach at least one lesson provided by UN 391; present information, arrange activities, and facilitate discussion
- be reasonably accessible to the UN 100 students and faculty member; provide assistance to include appropriate referrals to the students and facilitate communication between the students and UN 100 faculty member
- dedicate an average of six hours per week for UN 100 preparation, coursework and/or activities
Teaching Assistants play a very important role in the success of the FYE program. It is both an honor and a rewarding opportunity for professional and personal growth. Students serving as a Teaching Assistant have very high expectations for this significant role and are selected based on the following criteria:
Application Process: Winter Semester
- applications due by the end of week 6
- interviews are held between week 7 and week 10
- selection and block assignment is made by week 12
Selection Criteria: The following is considered when reviewing applicants
- cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- minimum 24 earned credit hours
- free from disciplinary probation
- involvement on campus
- good communication skills
- desire to connect with FYE students and committed to being a good mentor/role model
- ability to speak in front of groups
- exemplify personal management skills (time, stress, health) and achievement skills (study, note-taking, test-taking)
- letter of reference
To apply, visit the online application Fill out the form and select appropriate semester for application. Hit the "Submit Application" button.
- Have a letter of recommendation sent via e-mail to email@example.com If not, submit it in person at the FYP Office in room 2001 Hedgcock.
- All Teaching Assistants are required to attend the UN 100 Peer Leader Workshop during week 14. The workshop will include goals, ideas and format for the UN 100 class.
- All Teaching Assistants will be enrolled in UN 391 Peer Leader Seminar for the fall semester.