Teaching Associate in Psychology

University of Washington

United States


Position Description

Position Overview:

The role of the Teaching Associate is to assist with teaching undergraduate introductory-level Psychology courses. The goal of this position is to provide the best possible undergraduate education to a large and diverse group of students taking courses in Psychology.


  • Attending course lectures;

  • Meeting and coordinating with the teaching team on a weekly basis;

  • Preparing review materials, holding review/CLUE sessions, obtaining rooms for review sessions, tutoring students;

  • Holding office hours;

  • Assignment and exam development and grading;

  • Assisting with classroom facilitation and exam proctoring;

  • Monitoring and responding to email and discussion board communication;

  • Maintaining course Canvas site and/or other online materials (e.g., website, Catalyst tools);

  • Maintaining updated course grades;

  • Reviewing literature to stay up to date on course topics.

Position details:

The Psychology department intends to fill multiple teaching associate positions to start in Autumn 2019.  These are faculty teaching positions over a nine month appointment during the academic year, with a 3-month conditional review period and the potential to renew for up to two additional years.  These positions range from 50-100% FTE, on a quarter-to-quarter basis.  This teaching job will require regular availability throughout the quarter for all job duties and requirements. This is not a teaching assistant/ASE job, and it can not be done in conjunction with an active graduate program.


  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology (traditional as well as online sections, 5 credits), Course meets one hour per day, 5 days per week and enrolls as many as 440 students per quarter.  Students are often incoming first-year students. Traditional 101 sections will also have one graduate TA assigned to each section.

  • PSYCH 203: Introduction to Personality and Individual Differences (online, group-start, 5 credits),  Course meets exclusively online, and enrolls as many as 120 students per quarter. Students have already completed Psych 101.

  • PSYCH 206: Human Development (online, group-start, 5 credits),  Course meets exclusively online, and enrolls as many as 150 students per quarter. Students have already completed Psych 101.

These courses have well-established curricula, and teaching associates will be given instructor-created materials and/or guidance on developing new materials. Teaching associates will be supported by the instructor and a graduate teaching assistant where applicable.



Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field.

Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Canvas.

Previous teaching experience is desirable, but not required.



Application packages should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled, though applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please direct questions about this job description to Laura Little (Associate Chair for Undergraduate Instruction. llittle@uw.edu) or Ann Culligan (Senior Lecturer, anncv@uw.edu).

In your application, please refer to Professorpositions.com


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