Biological Sciences

Laboratory Instructor Training

Adjunct, GTA, and CPI instructor contracts are 18 weeks long.  During those 18 weeks, it is contractually expected that instructors teach all the labs they are on contract for, grade all assignments, and attend lab meetings. GTA and CPI instructors are also required to attend the course lecture, attend 208 tutoring/office hours, and proctor exams.

Laboratory instructors for BIOL 1100L, 1101L, and 1102L, have several mandatory responsibilities (1-12) in addition to teaching their assigned lab sections. Instructors will be evaluated on their fulfillment of these responsibilities and on their teaching abilities.

1 Take the Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (BIOL 5514) during the Fall semester of your first teaching assignment.
2 Fill in the contact information and the weekly schedule forms.
3 Attend instructor meetings (see schedules) each week:
  A At the first lab meeting you will be given a key to the teaching laboratory, a textbook, and an instructor manual.
B Read the instructor manual before each meeting.

Understand and maintain laboratory safety as well as public safety (twelve possible emergencies.)

5 Foster a comfortable learning environment.
6 Participate in laboratory set up and maintenance during the instructor meetings and during your assigned lab sections.
7 Use Moodle as a grade book and enter assignment grades in a timely manner (see grading schedule in instructor manual).
8 Learn about and use the laboratory equipment correctly:
A Microscopes (1100, 1101, & 1102)
B Micropipettes (1100 & 1101)
C Vernier Logger Pro, Lab Pro, Go!Link, pH, O2, CO2, gas, conductivity (1100 &1101)
D Spectrophotometer Genesys 20 (1101)
9 Hold one tutoring/ hour per week in LS 208 (Poc) or CHE 107 (IF).
10 Proctor lecture exams.
11 Attend the course lecture.  If you have attended the lecture (as a graduate student) in a previous semester you are not required to attend the lecture unless the new instructor of record for the course requires your attendance.
12 Find a substitute if unable to teach your lab section due to an illness (see schedules).  All other reasons must be approved by Dr. Austin and/or Smith, the lecture instructors, and the lab coordinator.
Last Modified: 1/19/2016


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