Summer 2016-2017 TA Position in the College of Engineering STARS Program

Application deadline:   Open until filled

The College of Engineering office of Diversity and Access needs a teaching assistant (50%, Summer 2016 – Spring 2017) to provide academic support for freshman and sophomore engineering students. The principle focus will be to support students participating in the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) Program.  The position will provide support in freshman and sophomore mathematics and physics courses and assist students with building an understanding of the engineering disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of SAS Staff and Instructor:

  • Over the 2016 summer design a one credit “pre-physics” workshop to include basic calculus III components that are needed in order to be successful in physics.
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Mathematical Problem Solving workshops offered during autumn quarter for first year students. Lead two sections of this ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week (including quizzes and grading).
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics Prep course offered during winter quarter for second year students who will be taking physics 121 in the spring(ENGR 202 three credit course with lecture and workshop components)
  • Serve as lead course teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics 121 workshop offered during spring quarter.  Lead two sections of ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week.
  • Collaborate one-on-one or in small groups with students in the Engineering Academic Center to provide academic and learning skills support.
  • Attend scheduled meetings and training events for the STARS program and for the Engineering Academic Center tutors/workshop facilitators.


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, or physics.
  • Strong commitment to teaching required.  Teaching or tutoring experience desired.
  • Strong commitment to working with students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is a 50% FTE teaching assistant appointment and includes the standard tuition waiver and health benefits for TA’s. The salary is commensurate with each appointee’s academic standing.

The position is open until filled.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received and setting up interviews with the aim of filling the position by the end of May 2016.  Please send an email with your resume, cover letter, and an unofficial copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate work) to Lynne Spencer (lspencer at uw dot edu).

Information on the STARS program is available here:

This position is an Academic Student Employee position covered by the UW/UAW 4121 contract.  More information about the union can be found at:
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or