TA Information

Are you interested in being a TA for Plants, Parasites, and People? There are many reasons why being involved with this course is a great professional development opportunity. Please scroll down to the Application Form below if you would like to be considered for this position.

Some people are born teachers, but for most of us teaching is an acquired skill. If don’t have much teaching experience and want to develop your own teaching style, this course is for you. You will work with enthusiastic knowledgable colleagues as you learn how to adapt and implement laboratory activities, develop consistant and fair grading schemes, and work with students of various backgrounds. In addition, most TAs are offered an opportunity to present a lecture to the large group, which is a great learning experience.

If you are looking for a positive and fulfilling teaching experience, you have come to the right place. Because PP123 is an elective for non-science majors, almost all students are motivated and engaged. Although some students find the course material difficult, student evaluations reflect consistant appreciation and enjoyment of the class. The labs emphasize making science dynamic, fun and applicable, and student response is generally very positive. In addition, Teaching Assistant evaluations are consistantly high as well, which can be a nice CV booster in a job search.

Being a TA for PP123 is a valuable experience if you are interested in a career at a small college that focuses on undergraduate education. If your career path involves any teaching at all, you will be better prepared if you have had a chance to try out undergraduate teaching in a fun and supportive environment. Being a TA will give you background in how a successful well organized class functions, and will give you an opportunity to try out a variety of different teaching stratagies. In addition, becoming familiar with pedogogical buzz words like Cooperative Learning and Active Learning will give you an edge when interviewing for a teaching positions, and will give you the appearance of having made a serious committment to teaching.

Although being a TA for this course is an unpaid position, it is a valuable experience that will enhance your CV. To apply for this position, please contact Maya Hayslett at mch@plantpath.wisc.edu.