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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. 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.
  • Good standing in the Honors College.
  • Be able to enroll in HON 495 in the fall (one credit) and spring (three credits) semesters.
  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours by the end of summer 2020.
  • Be available to facilitate one section of HON 102 in the spring 2021 semester.

Becoming an Honors Teaching Assistant Helps Students

  • Earn a total of five academic credits (1.0 credit in the fall and 3.0 credits in the spring) for HON 495: Undergraduate Supervised Teaching to be applied toward their Honors Experience curriculum.
  • Improve and sharpen their written and verbal communication skills.
  • Expand their professional and academic portfolio through program planning.
  • Develop and strengthen their programming experience which demonstrates 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 (1.0 credit hour).

Spring Semester

  • Participate in three hour update in at the beginning of the spring semester.
  • Complete readings and lesson planning for the HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium section.
  • Participate in two-hour weekly TA meetings during the semester.
  • Grade all course assignments and input them into UBlearns.
  • Enroll in HON 495: Undergraduate Supervised Teaching course (3.0 credit hours).
  • Hold office hours one hour per week in the Honors College offices.
  • Facilitate one of the following 15 weekly HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium sections:
    • Mondays 1-1:50 p.m. (three sections)
    • Mondays 2-2:50 p.m. (two sections)
    • Mondays 3-3:50 p.m. (two sections)
    • Tuesdays 10-10:50 a.m. (two sections)
    • Tuesdays 11-11:50 a.m. (two sections)
    • Wednesdays 1-1:50 p.m. (two sections)
    • Wednesdays 2-2:50 p.m. (two sections)

Applications are due Monday, March 16, 2020 by 3 p.m.

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

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