Biological Sciences

Laboratory Instructor Training

GTA, CPI, irregular, and adjunct instructor contracts are 18 weeks long.  During those 18 weeks, it is contractually expected that instructors teach all the labs they are on contract for, grade all assignments, attend the course lecture, attend lab meetings, attend 208 office hours, and proctor exams.

Laboratory instructors for BIOL 1100L, 1101L, and 1102L, have several mandatory responsibilities (1-12) in addition to teaching their assigned lab sections. Instructors will be evaluated on their fulfillment of these responsibilities and on their teaching abilities.

1 Take the Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (BIOL 5514) during the Fall semester of your first teaching assignment.
2 Fill in the contact information and the weekly schedule forms.
3 Attend lab meetings (see schedules) each week during the semester:
  A At the first lab meeting you will be given a key to the teaching laboratory, a textbook, and notes.
  B Print the required materials from the Moodle website and read them before each meeting.
C Read the notes before each meeting.
4 Understand and maintain laboratory safety.
5 Foster a comfortable learning environment.
6 Participate in laboratory set up and maintenance during the TA meetings and during your assigned lab sections.
7 Use Moodle as a grade book and enter assignment grades in a timely manner (see grading schedule in your notes bundle).
8 Use all laboratory equipment correctly:
A Microscopes (1100, 1101, & 1102)
B Micropipettes (1100 & 1101)
C Vernier Logger Pro, Lab Pro, Go!Link, pH, O2, CO2, gas (1101)
D Spectrophotometer Genesys 20 (1101)
9 Hold one office / tutoring hour per week in LS 208 (Poc) or CHE 107 (IF).
10 Proctor lecture exams.
11 Attend the course lecture.  If you have attended the lecture (as a graduate student) in a previous semester you are not required to attend the lecture unless the new instructor of record for the course requires your attendance.
12 Find a substitute if unable to teach your lab section due to an illness (see schedules).  All other reasons must be approved by Dr. Austin and/or Smith, the lecture instructors, and the lab coordinator.
Last Modified: 1/13/2013


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