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Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistant Application

Honors Teaching Assistants (TA) facilitate HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium sections in the spring semester. HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium is a required one-credit course that provides first-year Honors students an opportunity to delve into the city of Buffalo through research, community engagement, and small group projects. All students enrolled will also earn a Community Engagement digital badge for their work in the course. TAs will lead course discussions, facilitate group work, grade assignments, provide feedback and assistance to the course instructor, maintain office hours and serve as a mentor to students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful completion of HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium with an A- or better.
  • Be in good standing in the Honors College.
  • Be able to enroll in HON 495 in the fall (1 credit) and spring (3 credits) semesters.
  • Complete at least 60 credit hours by the end of summer 2021.
  • Be available to facilitate one section of HON 102 in the spring 2022 semester.

Benefits of Becoming an Honors Teaching Assistant

  • Earn a total of 4 academic credits: 1.0 credit (P/F) in the fall and 3.0 credits (P/F) in the spring for completing HON 495: Undergraduate Supervised Teaching. These credits will be applied toward your Honors College curriculum.
  • First-time TAs earn a Community Engagement digital badge while completing HON 495 in the fall semester, counting for one additional Honors College experience credit.
  • Develop and strengthen programming experience, demonstrating application of leadership skills.

Honors Teaching Assistant Responsibilities

Fall Semester

  • Participate in the Honors Kickoff Celebration (typically on the Friday before classes begin).
  • Enroll in HON 495: Undergraduate Supervised Teaching course, meeting one hour per week (1.0 P/F credit hour).

Spring Semester

  • Participate in a three-hour update at the beginning of the spring semester.
  • Participate in one 90-minute weekly TA meeting during the semester.
  • Hold office hours one hour per week in the Honors College office suite.
  • Facilitate one 15 week HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium section.

Applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021 by noon.

Only applications that are submitted in their entirety by the deadline will be considered for this opportunity. For more information, contact the Honors College at

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