Instructional Assistants in Professional and Continuing Education

University of Washington Continuum College

United States

Professional & Continuing Education, Part-Time Instructional Assistants

Position Overview

Organization: Continuum College

Title: Professional & Continuing Education, Part-Time Instructional Assistants

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service.

UW Continuum College expands the reach of the University of Washington by delivering educational programs that meet the needs of learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment, and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UW Continuum College (UWC2) has a range of outstanding opportunities for part-time instructional assistants in Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) non-credit Certificate programs. Instructional assistants serve in a key role in Certificate programs, engaging with students, collaborating with the instructor, grading student work, and monitoring student progress.

Professional and Continuing Education Instructional Assistants…

  • Support instructor in facilitating remote class sessions, if relevant (e.g. helping to manage Zoom).
  • Serve as the primary responder to student inquiries such as content questions, assignment questions, policies, etc. Use discretion on when to escalate questions to the instructor or the appropriate administrative staff. Timely response is 24 hours for email and discussion board posts and 72 hours to grade assignments.
  • Monitor student engagement with the online course materials and with peers, including online discussion forums.
  • Check in with students as needed to support their progress in the course.
  • Coordinate with the course instructor to ensure curriculum continuity.
  • Provide grading support as directed by the instructor.
  • Collaborate with program manager, instructor, and the rest of the instructional team to address student course evaluation feedback.
  • Work collaboratively with the course instructor, adapting an approach based on feedback and sound pedagogical practices.
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism, timeliness, and content relevance for diverse adult students.
  • Complete instructor onboarding process and relevant learning technology training.
  • Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies.

PCE courses are generally 10 weeks in duration and align with the UW academic quarter calendar. PCE offers courses in a variety of formats – see the course webpage to find out about the available formats. Information on PCE programs may be found at

UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructional Assistants are Academic Staff, not faculty. These are part-time, temporary positions.



  • Minimum one year of professional experience relevant to the course topics or equivalent.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability, and desire, to work with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Legal authorization to work and receive compensation in the United States.


  • Prior teaching or mentoring experience, particularly with adult learners.
  • Prior experience with online learning.


To apply to be an instructional assistant for any PCE non-credit certificate course or standalone course, please follow these instructions:

  • A cover letter describing your areas of interest and expertise. Please identify the specific course(s) you are interested in teaching (see
  • Resume or CV
  • Names and contact information of three references. [optional]
  • A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and Github profile (if applicable). [optional]

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and review of applications will occur intermittently dependent on program needs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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