The instructors for Biology 171 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will be selecting Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for the FALL of 2015.

The requirements for being a UTA in the Program in Biology are set by the faculty involved with the courses. For Biology 171, the Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology faculty set the requirements.

1.  The first time a UTA works in Biology 171, they must take EEB 302 “Teaching Experience for Undergraduates” for course credit (2 credits recommended). For WINTER of 2015, this will include training activities (~10 hours); times are set based on UTA schedules.  This also includes all course-related activities, including preparatory meetings, going to lecture, giving exams, grading, student management and classroom teaching.

Note: The second time a UTA works in Biology 171, they have the option of accepting a small stipend instead of course credit.

2.  UTAs should take EEB 494 “Teaching College Science”, a 2 credit seminar course. If a potential UTA has taken this course, that is preferred. In the 2015/16 academic year, EEB 494 will be held in the winter term.

Teaching Biology 171 is rewarding; our UTAs tend to repeat the experience. However, teaching is a lot of work. We suggest you only undertake this if you have enough time in your schedule and can be flexible with time, so that you can effectively deal with grading and student needs. If you would like to know more about the responsibilities, please contact Dr. Laura Eidietis (; she is the course coordinator.

What do we look for in applicants for UTA positions in Biology 171?

  1. Overall academic excellence, particularly in the sciences

  2. Excellence in ecology, evolution and genetics: There are a variety of ways to show this. If you have  BIO 195 credit, you may wish to apply after taking (or while taking) upper-level courses in ecology, evolution, and genetics. If you did well in BIO 171, 172, & 173, feel free to apply prior to taking upper-level courses. We prefer applicants with the upper-level ecology, evolution, and genetics backgrounds, but we never know who will be in the applicant pool.

  3. Evidence of responsibility: This could be in a variety of functions, including activities such as being a study group leader, childcare, UROP, etc.

  4. Willingness to engage in, fulfill, and strive for excellence in all UTA responsibilities

If you are interested in being a UTA, please apply through the Program in Biology site.

Thank you for your interest in being a UTA in Biology 171!