Two Teaching Assistantships: Design Thinking, Fall 2012

Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2012

Note: This position is open to Master’s and PhD level students enrolled in the Information School, Human Centered Design (HCDE), Computer Science (CSE), and Art as of autumn quarter 2012.

Job Dates:  9/16/2012 – 12/15/2012
Deadline to Apply: Fri, 08/31/2012 (All day)

UW Information School

Position Description
Teaching Assistant (TA) for INFO 360, “Design Thinking”

This position will average 20 hours per week. The University of Washington Information School is seeking applicants for two TA positions in the undergraduate Informatics course INFO 360, “Design Thinking.” This course introduces design methods for identifying user needs, devising new design concepts, prototyping these concepts, and evaluating their utility and usability. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of user-centered design and examine methods for identifying users’ needs, understanding users’ behaviors, envisioning and prototyping new systems, and evaluating the usability of systems. Emphasis will be placed on incorporating people in the design process from initial field observations to summative usability testing.

Please visit the UW time schedule for a listing of the days, times, and locations of the class and the lab sections. The TA for this course will be required to attend all class sessions, lab sections, and hold regular weekly office hours.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties: conduct lab section meetings, prepare and grade assignments, prepare test questions, proctor and score exams, maintain grading records, prepare and maintain course attendance records, calculate quarter grades, request student assessments for course, attend lectures, hold regular office hours, tutor students, manage and respond to course-related e-mail, prepare and maintain webpage for course materials, develop and maintain online communications, discussion sites, etc., attend instructor/TA meetings, act as liaison between student and professor, prepare and present lecture materials, prepare handout materials, review literature, place course materials on library reserve, facilitate discussions, hold extra review sessions for exams, obtain room for review sessions, request or acquire necessary equipment.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of course content

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enjoy tutoring students and helping students to excel in information science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

This position is open to Master’s and PhD level students enrolled in the Information School, Human Centered Design (HCDE), Computer Science (CSE), and Art as of autumn quarter 2012. Students are eligible for a tuition waiver and benefits (percentage of tuition covered is dependent upon the program the student is enrolled in). Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to Crystal Yost, Assistant HR Manager .  Successful student must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits autumn quarter 2012 to be eligible.

To apply

  1. Please include a cover letter describing your skills and experiences relevant to position.
  2. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.

Please submit all application materials to , no later than on Friday, August 31st.  All candidates will be contacted within three weeks of the closing date.

Note:  This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.

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