work hours
Part Time
position type
Federal Work Study

As TA, student will assist in course administration, including 1) Setting up and updating Moodle site, 2) tracking student participation and assignment submission, 3) fielding student questions. If desired, assistant may participate in class preparation, gaining some experience in planning, implementing and evaluating a graduate-level course.

Additionally, this position requires the skills and willingness to complete the following special project:

Create the first incarnation of an ESR/BTS Style Book geared primarily to the MATW program (but usable beyond it). This will not be a guide to citations or footnotes, but rather a guide aimed at grammar, punctuation and usage, with an eye to common errors. (For example, the Style Book may include questions like, “When does a punctuation mark go inside quotation marks?” Or, when do you write out numbers, and when do you use numerals? Do you use periods when you abbreviate things, like ESR and B.T.S.?) The student will come up with the topics to be covered in consultation with Joelle Hathaway and Ben Brazil, and with a few well-known style manuals

Duties and Responsibilities

ESR/BTS Style Book to be completed by October 22nd, 2021.

The student will be responsible to upload files to Moodle for students to access, especially prior to first class session (to be done during the summer, if possible), and track student submissions. Other tasks may include leading tutorials for students, assisting with small and large group discussions, or assisting with comments on papers. The specific tasks involved are negotiable and vary depending on the interests of the assistant and the needs of the students taking the course. Other duties as assigned.

Skills Required

Specific Qualifications: Applicants must have prior experience with academic writing and editing in order to complete the special project that is part of this position – this qualification might be met in a variety of ways including English literature or composition degrees, prior experience working as an editor or working in a writing center, etc.

General Skills: Computer skills, especially familiarity with Moodle; attention to detail; able to work independently after given task; ability to communicate well with students and faculty; respect for diversity of views and understanding of the nature of the topics being discussed.

Physical Demands


Reports To

Joelle Hathaway

Days of Week

To be negotiated

Time of Day

To be negotiated

Hours per Week

7 hours per week plus 20 hours during the summer

Pay Rate


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