Graduate Teaching Assistant Application Fall 2018 - Spring 2019: Academic Transition Programs
Graduate Teaching Assistant Application Fall 2018 - Spring 2019: Academic Transition Programs
Academic Transition Programs (ATP) provides programming, coordination, resources, and leadership related to the success of first-year students at Northern Arizona University. Graduate assistants will teach NAU 120: Study Skills and College Success in the Fall and NAU 130: Back on Track in the Spring. NAU 120 is a three unit, highly interactive first year course designed to help new NAU students make a positive transition into college. NAU 130 is a one unit academic resiliency course designed for second semester freshman students on academic probation. These courses use a course-connected, peer-coaching model where students meet with their peer coach weekly to implement new techniques, attitudes and strategies for success.

Job Description – The Graduate Teaching Assistant position requires a total commitment of 20 hours per week, and all graduate assistants are expected to provide a certain level of availability and flexibility within their schedules. Responsibilities will extend past the scope of classroom teaching to include involvement in ATP events and student mentoring. Please see below for further details.

1. Teaching
• Instruct two sections of NAU 120 in Fall and up to three sections of NAU 130 in Spring.
• Implement provided curriculum to foster an engaging and learning centered environment.
• Record attendance, maintains grade rosters, and provides detailed documentation of student progress.
• Hold weekly office hours (between 2 and 3 hours per week).

2. Mentorship
• Aide in the supervision of 4-6 undergraduate peer coaches.
• Provide guidance, support, and professional development to peer coaches.
• Coordinate and facilitate weekly staff meetings with coaches to discuss student progress, concerns,
and course-related issues.
• Assist with new peer coach selection for the following academic year (Fall).
• Assist with new peer coaching training (Spring).

3. Reporting and Events
• Provide weekly information to ATP staff to include: attendance, lesson plan feedback, and student concerns
• Send weekly GPS notifications to all students.
• Participate and support ATP events that occur on evening and weekends. Typically two to three per semester.
• Input grading information into university learning management system, Bb learn.

4. Other
• Participate in all program training and leadership experiences. (Fall/August 12-23; Spring/January 6-10).
• Assist with departmental projects as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Possess teaching or group facilitation experience.
• Experience working with first-year college students or similar age groups.
• Demonstrate maturity and the ability to function as a member of a team.
• Promote a dynamic, inclusive, caring, and cooperative environment amongst all staff members.
• Be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing within the University throughout the period of employment
• Available to start Monday, August 12th, two weeks before fall classes start.

Preferred Qualifications
• Admitted to a graduate program in Educational Psychology.
• Understanding and application of student development theory.
• Previous teaching experience at a high school or college level.
• Commitment to a multi-year placement.
• Proficient with technology, specifically Microsoft Outlook and PeopleSoft.
• Self-starter who can excel with minimal supervision.

The graduate assistant stipend is for a 20 hour a week, academic year commitment and is set by the Department of Educational Psychology. If you are receiving Financial Aid through NAU, this position will modify your Financial Aid. Please check with the Financial Aid office for more details.

Application Process
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until qualified individuals are identified
1. Submit your full resume or curriculum vita and two letters of reference to
2. Complete the application below.

Can you commit to attending ATP events that occur in the evening and on weekends? *
During Fall this includes attendance at the NAUreads author event and the Sexual Health Educational Festival. During Spring this includes occasional participation in Monday afternoon peer coach training and one weekend retreat. Graduate work conflicts will be exceused.
Can you commit to attending a two week teacher training course prior to the start of the Fall 2013 semester? *
This training is Monday-Friday from August 12-23. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 28th.
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Short Essay Questions
What is the value of a first-year experience course on student success and retention? *
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List three key issues that first-year students encounter and how you think a first-year experience course could impact the issues. *
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Detail your involvement in extra-curricular or student life activities as an undergraduate and/or graduate student. *
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Provide a description of previous teaching or group facilitation experiences. *
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What is the relationship between failure and student success? *
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Skill Development Short Essay
Academic Transition Programs seeks to enhance the graduate experience and skill development of its graduate assistants. We are interested in identifying GA’s who are a good compliment to the work that we do in the department but we are also interested in providing the position to students who will specifically benefit from the experiences and opportunities as part of their educational and career preparation. Simply, we are looking for a balanced fit between what we need to accomplish and what the student needs to learn. After reading the overview and qualifications above, please respond to the following:
How would your work in Academic Transition Programs compliment your graduate program? *
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How would your work in ATP facilitate the development of a knowledge and skill set that you anticipate needing in your professional life after graduate school? *
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