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Laboratory Instructor Training

Adjunct, GTA, and CPI instructor contracts are 18 weeks long (4-8 weeks in the summer). During those 18 weeks, it is contractually expected that instructors teach all the labs they are on contract for, grade all assignments, and attend lab meetings. GTA and CPI instructors are also required to attend 208 tutoring/office hours, and proctor exams. Please review the mandatory responsibilities (1-13) below:

Updated: 08/28/2019

1. Take the Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (BIOL 5514) during the Fall semester of your first teaching assignment.
2. Fill in the Lab Instructor Schedule & Contact Form.
3. Instructors will be; 1) given an instructor manual that includes the syllabus, instructor notes, task sheets, LS 261/262/263/122 and CHE 107 equipment/supply lists and locations, and stockroom supply lists for each lab exercise, 2) assigned a key to the teaching lab(s), 3) given access to the Moodle site and the Google Drive for lab, and 4) given access to the Biology Instructor Training Moodle site. The Drive includes the pre- and post-quiz banks, Power point presentations, random assigned seating spreadsheets, and data analysis spreadsheets. Using these materials, be prepared for and attend the instructor meetings each week:
A. Read the instructor notes and task sheet found in the instructor manual.
B. Access and review the lab content in the Google Drive lab folder.
C. Take the training quizzes.
D. Prepare your lesson plan, presentation, assigned seating chart, and quizzes.
4. Foster a comfortable learning environment and learn about student behavior.
5. Understand and maintain:
A. Laboratory safety
B. Campus safety
6. Participate in laboratory set up and maintenance during the instructor meetings and during your assigned lab sections.
7. Learn about grading and use Moodle as a grade book to enter assignment grades in a timely manner (see grading schedule in instructor manual).
8. Review the stockroom policies and procedures for:
A. Pocatello
B. Idaho Falls
9. Learn about and use the laboratory technology correctly.
10. Review the information about:
A. Important departmental lab contacts
B. CPI UGTA positions
C. Registration
11. Hold one tutoring/office hour per week in LS 208 (Fall and Spring only).
12. Proctor lecture exams (Fall and Spring only).
13. Find a substitute if unable to teach your lab section due to an illness (see schedules).  All other reasons must be approved by the department chairs, the lecture instructors, and the lab coordinator.