InterAg 155 and 165 Teaching Assistant Job Posting

The Academic Affairs Office in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is seeking a teaching assistant for a fall first-year seminar and a spring international seminar.

The teaching assistant’s primary responsibility will be to help with a Fall first-year seminar InterAg 155 – Issues in Agriculture, Environment, and Life Sciences and a Spring International Seminar Course InterAg 165. These courses provide first-year students with both an introduction to the large topics CALS addresses through research, teaching, and outreach, and provide new students with ongoing advising and an orientation to UW-Madison. Combined the two classes enroll ~ 250 students.


  • Work with course leaders to develop syllabi and course assignments such as case studies for course discussion;
  • Help course instructors with grading;
  • Manage the course websites: add content, trouble shoot student problems accessing sites, address student questions regarding the online submission of assignments;
  • Manage student attendance records;
  • Respond to student questions regarding the course;
  • Work with course leaders to coordinate guest speakers and group leaders;
  • Participate in class discussion;
  • Identify and develop new learning opportunities;
  • Help administer an online version of the course.

The teaching assistant might also contribute to other courses and / or curriculum development depending on office need incumbent’s qualifications.

Desired Skills and Experiences:

  • Extensive work with first-year students;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in an area relevant to the courses;
  • Experience working in an academic affairs unit strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of course management systems preferred.

This is a 33% teaching assistantship for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. To receive full consideration, applications must be received by Wednesday, March 26, at 4:30 pm. Complete applications will include a statement describing your approach to working with first-year students, a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and how your experiences relate to the job duties, and a resume / CV. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent to: Debbie Schiess / CALS Academic Affairs Office / 1450 Linden Dr. / 116 Ag Hall / Madison, WI 53706. Application materials can be sent via email to

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.