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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Teaching Assistant (TA)


Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Job Description

Purpose of the position: Assist instructors in classroom. As a member of the teaching team, the Teaching Assistants are accountable to the other team members and to the Program Assistant Director and Counseling Coordinator.


  • Attend UBMS classes
  • Supervise students in classrooms and labs and during class breaks
  • Serve as a role model for high school participants in the college classroom and lab
  • Consult/coordinate with instructors to provide assistance as needed, especially in group research projects and academic tutoring
  • Assist instructors with classroom and laboratory preparation and supervision and discipline
  • Monitor student progress, attendance, and behavior and enforce program rules
  • Communicate with Central Staff and RTs if/when issues arise
  • Participate in class field trips



  • Must have completed Bachelor's degree or significant progress (60+ credit hours) toward completion of Bachelor's degree
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required
  • Enrollment in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math Education, Science Education, or Computer Science is required. (Successful structured teaching and/or tutoring experience may be substituted)
  • Strong mathematics/science and lab skills required
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Clear understanding and support of program's goals is required
  • Knowledge of effective teaching/learning processes
  • Experience working with high school students and open to diverse background of students
  • Personal experience in overcoming the barriers related to low-income, first generation status is preferred

Wage Rate

$10.00 per hour; up to five positions available

Hours Available

up to 20 hours per week for six weeks

Start Date

Mon. June 8th- Thurs. July 16, 2015; Monday-Friday

Application Deadline

March 1, 2015; To apply for the position please complete the Northwest application located online at:  In addition to the Northwest application an Upward Bound Math & Science application is required.  The Upward Bound Math & Science application is located online at:


Karen Woodard / Linda Davison


363 Administration Building


562-1632 / 562-1538

E-mail /

Contact the Supervisor to apply for this position. Apply for positions for which you meet the qualifications.