Laboratory Instructor Training

Adjunct, GTA, and CPI 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, and attend lab meetings. GTA and CPI instructors are also required to attend the course lecture, attend 208 tutoring/office hours, and proctor exams. Please review the mandatory responsibilities (1-14) below:

1. Take the Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (BIOL 5514) during the Fall semester of your first teaching assignment.
2. Open the BioContact Form in Adobe Reader, fill it in using your computer, and then click on the green 'Submit' button in the upper right corner of the form. You will be asked for your email address.

Be prepared for and attend the instructor meetings each week:
A. During the first meeting you will be assigned a key to the teaching laboratory, a textbook, and an instructor manual.
B. Read the instructor notes and task sheet found in the instructor manual.
C. Access and review the lab content in the Google Drive lab folder including the Troubleshooting document.

4. Foster a comfortable learning environment:
A. Laboratory Rules
B. Academic Dishonesty
C. Disruptive Behavior
D. Student Mental Health

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. Use Moodle as a grade book and enter assignment grades in a timely manner (see grading schedule in instructor manual).

Review the stockroom policies and procedures for:
A. Pocatello
B. Idaho Falls


Learn about and use the laboratory equipment correctly:
A. MicroscopeLAS EZ & Leica AirLab Icon Guide software (1100L, 1101L, & 1102L)
B. Micropipette (1100L & 1101L)
C. Vernier Logger Pro, Go!Link, pH Sensor, O2 Sensor, CO2 Sensor, Gas Pressure SensorConductivity Sensor (1100L &1101L)
D. AVer Document CameraAVer Software (1102L)
E. Spectrophotometer (1101L)
F.  K'Nex DNA User Manual (1100L, 1101L)

10. Review the information about:
A. Important departmental lab contacts
B. Lab attendance
C. Accreditation
D. Seating
E. Computer Problems
F.  CPI UGTA positions
G. Registration
11. Hold one tutoring/office hour per week in LS 208.
12. Proctor lecture exams.
13. 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.
14. 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.
Updated: 09/19/2017


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