Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

 

Prospective Teaching Assistants

Each fall and spring semester the Psychology Department offers paid positions for Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (uTA) positions. Serving as an uTA is a great way to develop leadership skills and earn teaching experience.

Applications for Fall 2021 uTA positions are now open. See below for the link to the application. Please reach out directly to the instructors of the courses you are interested in TAing, so that they know you are planning to apply.  Positions in courses go to full-time Psychology students who have performed extremely well in that course.  Faculty will select the uTA for their course. 

 

To apply for the Fall 2021 semester, click here.      

If you are a current undergraduate TA, please refer to our Canvas Page for Undergrad Teaching Assistants.

 

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Each year the Psychology Department calls for nominations for outstanding performance by an undergraduate student teaching assistant. Award winners will be chosen by the Department of Psychology Fellowship and Awards Committee. The recipient will be recognized at the annual Departmental awards reception and will receive a $250 award. 

 

Eligibility

Psychology undergraduate students who have held a Teaching Assistant position in the last academic year.  

Nominations

Nominations must be initiated by a faculty member and sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator. The nomination form for the TA semester are required. The nomination form consists of a series of questions regarding the student’s performance. Nominations are typically requested in January.  

2021 Recipient

Alexandra Garcia

"My experience as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UGTA) has been extremely positive and fulfilling. Being on the other side of the classroom has allowed me to revisit one of my favorite classes, have meaningful interactions with students, and build a relationship with a professor I respect. The most meaningful aspect of this experience for me has been the ability to interact with students and help them with the course. With the isolation that came with COVID, it was so fun to chat and connect with students during office hours, even virtually. With every chat about the class, grad school, or just about how their week was going, I was able to help students, give advice, and form relationships which made my job so much brighter. This opportunity also sparked an interest in teaching for me because of how fulfilling it was to help students be successful in their studies. I am so grateful that I was able to be a UGTA for two semesters and I would encourage others to take advantage of this new opportunity because it will allow you to gain invaluable relationships and experiences.

I am also incredibly thankful and honored to have received the first Outstanding Undergraduate TA award. It was reassuring to know that my hard work had paid off, and it felt great to be recognized for a job that I felt passionately about. I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Evans for allowing me to be a part of her teaching team and for providing me with a model on how to be a caring and passionate educator. I am also thankful to all of my professors and the psychology department for giving me invaluable education and experience throughout my undergraduate career. Hook 'em!"


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