Teaching Assistant

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Teaching Assistants support the student experience and implement the academic philosophy of Duke TIP. Teaching Assistants assist the Instructor with general classroom duties including classroom management, providing feedback on students’ assignments, contributing to students’ evaluations, obtaining supplies, and assisting with laboratory or activity set-up. Teaching Assistants should promote and model Duke TIP mission and policy at all times.

Job Duties

  • Duties include full-time live-in day, evening, night and weekend commitments with one 24-hour day off per week (Marine Lab only) 
  • Emergency accessibility 24 hours a day 
  • Research, plan, and lead instructional activities as assigned by Instructor
  • Help students as needed
  • Actively supervise students during scheduled duty hours, particularly morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, and walking to and from class
  • Assist Instructor with classroom management
  • Communicate noticeable changes in behavior, concerns about students, and issues with student conduct to the instructor and administrators
  • Assist with student arrival and departure 
  • Assist in the completion of student evaluation tools
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein

Educational Requirements

  • A minimum of two years of college coursework, including some concentrated study in subject areas relevant to Duke TIP courses, is required.
  • Candidates nearing completion of undergraduate coursework or currently pursuing graduate-level studies are preferred.
  • Experience with elementary, middle school and/or high school students is preferred.
  • Experience with programs for academically gifted students is preferred.
  • Experience teaching or tutoring is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Actively redirect students to task
  • De-escalation and problem-solving of student conduct
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Ability to provide individual instructional support or coaching to a diverse group of students
  • Balance a trusting, friendly, and approachable but appropriate student-leader relationship
  • Support both program opening and closing
  • Evaluate and report as directed at the end of the program
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein


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