University Teaching Assistantship
The University Teaching Assistantship (UTA) is designed to bolster undergraduate education while providing graduate students with enriching experiences teaching in undergraduate environments. This opportunity is for full-time graduate teaching assistants (incoming graduate students are not eligible to apply).
Departments may use the University teaching assistants in a variety of ways to enhance undergraduate teaching and graduate student development. The required teaching proposal must be designed by a student in conjunction with their faculty mentor. Each department may endorse a maximum of 2 (2) candidates – please make sure you are one of your department’s sponsored candidates before applying.
(Award may qualify the University Teaching Assistants for the university’s Tuition Benefit Program and subsidized health insurance, provided all other TBP criteria are met, including term limits.)
Upload a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
Upload Sections A&B to the application, listed below, as a single PDF file.
Section A. Nomination Summary
1. Name of department (or program and associated department)
2. TA assignment(s)
3. Name and email of teaching mentor(s)
4. Name, UNID and email address of UTA nominee
Section B. Proposal Narrative
2. UTA Assignment. Include a detailed description of the proposed UTA assignment. Specifically address the novel aspects of the proposal and how the proposed UTA assignment will impact the quality of the undergraduate experience at the University of Utah. Explain how the UTA assignment will represent a departure from traditional uses of TAs in your program.
3. Interaction with Undergraduates. Specifically address the nature of the interaction between the UTA and the undergraduate students.
4. Mentor. Include the credentials and recognition of the mentor(s) for excellent teaching and the detailed responsibilities of the faculty mentor(s) with respect to the UTA program.
5. The UTA. Describe the qualifications of the UTA being nominated for this award. In addition, the proposal must contain a statement of purpose prepared by the student who is being nominated for the UTA award. (See section C below.)
6. Prior support. For those departments having received prior University TA support in the last three years, include an evaluation of the success of your UTA program. Describe the methods used for this evaluation.
7. Assessment Plan. Include an assessment plan which articulates the purpose and goals of the assistantship(s) as well as the means by which their achievement will be assessed. If you are applying for renewal, please include an assessment of your first year based on this plan.
Letters of Endorsement & Recommendation
(a) Letter of endorsement by the chair or their designee. The letter of support from the mentor and chair must clearly indicate that resources necessary for a successful UTA assignment (computer support, general supplies, etc.) will be made available. This is not a traditional letter of recommendation.
(b) Traditional letter of recommendation from the mentor. Please comment on the student’s unique ability to carry out the proposed project.
Statement of Purpose from the nominated UTA. A statement of purpose prepared by the student who is being nominated for the UTA award must be included. This statement of purpose should include, but is not limited to, a discussion of long-term teaching goals and motivation to improve undergraduate education. The statement of purpose is limited to one page.
DEADLINES: Students must submit their applications by December 16, 2022, and letters or recommendation and department nomination must be uploaded by December 23, 2022.