Division of Biology and Medicine
Biology Undergraduate Education

Teaching Assistant Program

Being a Teaching Assistant is a great opportunity to develop and practice multiple skills.

Teaching Assistant Program

The Teaching Assistant (TA) Program offers students part-time job opportunities when they are pursuing academic excellence on campus. Being a UTA (Undergraduate Teaching Assistant) or STA (Supplementary Teaching Assistant, graduate students only) helps develop multiple skills - organization, multi-tasking, interpersonal communication and more. Being a helpful community member to both the instructors and students is an exceptional sense of fulfillment, plus you are getting paid!

TA Hiring Calendar - Fall 2024

Planning to hire or become a UTA for Fall 2024? Here is the timeline you can look out for:

  • April 15, 2024: Last day for Fall 2024 instructors to submit UTA requests (details will be emailed in advance by the BUE Office)
  • Late April - Early May: Most of Fall 2024 UTA are available to apply on Workday
  • June 1, 2024: Last day for students to apply for UTA positions
  • June 21, 2024: Last day for instructors to make UTA selection
  • End of June: Students will receive result of their application

STA hiring information will soon follow. The timeline for Spring 2025 hiring cycle is similar and TBD.

TA Job Qualification & Description Overview

This standard job post will offer you an overview of the qualification and expectation of a TA. Please note that there will be additional requirements specific to courses, which will be bolded on Workday posts. 

  • Candidate must be a currently enrolled Brown University undergraduate student (for UTA)/graduate student (for STA) in good academic standing 
  • Candidate must have successfully completed the course they are applying to (or demonstrate evidence of other course enrollments that are equivalent in content knowledge)
  • Candidate must conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner
  • Candidate must maintain confidentiality per University standards
  • Candidate must demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Candidate must complete I-9 process prior to first day of work

Biology Teaching Assistants will be exposed to at least one of the following learning objectives: 

  • Critically reflect on their teaching practices and any biases to support and engage all students in the learning process
  • Collaborate with instructors on improving course learning goals and creating equitable teaching and learning environments by giving and receiving critical course feedback
  • Create a community of learners across course TAs, students, and instructors
  • Identify and effectively communicate key concepts in their respective course(s) with students
  • Develop professional skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, ethical conduct, mentorship, and time management
  • Effectively engage with course concepts to enhance their own learning
  • Incorporate teaching and disciplinary skills to their everyday lives

Biology Teaching Assistants support course instructors with tasks that may include the following:

  • Leading discussion sessions or labs
  • Holding office hours and/or review sessions
  • Providing feedback and academic support to enrolled students
  • Overseeing/performing administrative tasks
  • Grading with supervision from the instructor
  • Posting grades to Canvas (applicable to STA only)
  • Canvas communications monitoring and support

Available UTA Opportunities for Fall 2024

Course UTA Application Link
BIOL0170 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27453.htmld
BIOL0190P https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27439.htmld
BIOL0190R https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27568.htmld
BIOL0200 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27459.htmld
BIOL0210 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27449.htmld
BIOL0220 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27450.htmld
BIOL0380 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27501.htmld
BIOL0410 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27901.htmld
BIOL0470 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27441.htmld
BIOL0480 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27528.htmld
BIOL0530 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27514.htmld
BIOL0940A https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27444.htmld
BIOL0940D https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27445.htmld
BIOL1140 To be posted
BIOL1160 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27533.htmld
BIOL1260/BIOL2260 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27573.htmld
BIOL1270/BIOL2270 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27424.htmld
BIOL1290 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27442.htmld
BIOL1300/BIOL2300 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27447.htmld
BIOL1310/BIOL2310 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27443.htmld
BIOL1470 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27422.htmld
BIOL1560/BIOL2560 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27427.htmld
BIOL1575/BIOL2075 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27569.htmld
BIOL1630 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27673.htmld
BIOL1945 https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27440.htmld
BUE Curricular UTA https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27499.htmld
BUE Student Ambassadors https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$392530/9925$27497.htmld

Student Hiring FAQs

If you are studying abroad this semester (Spring 2024) and having difficulty in submitting a Workday application for Fall 2024 TA, please email the course instructor and the BUE Office directly to express interest. You can provide your resume and other application materials in your communication. If you are chosen by the course instructor, the BUE Office will contact you with instructions to finalize the job hiring process beginning mid-late June.

The instructor(s) of the course you applied to will view all the received applications and make the final hiring decisions. 

Your pay rate depends on your experience level. You will receive email communication about timekeeping prior to beginning of the class. 

All students must complete I-9 prior to working. If this is your first time being hired as a Teaching Assistant, you will need to complete the form electronically on Workday AND present the documentation at the HR Service Center, if you have not already done so.

More information about I-9

If you are a repeat TA, you do not need to redo the I-9 process.

Any questions or concerns, please contact bioundergradeducation@brown.edu. 

Other Available TA Opportunities

Title   Application Link

MDL Summer Teaching Associate