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Teaching Associate

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Biology

Title: Teaching Associate

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Biology at the University of Washington invites applications for 100% FTE Teaching Associate non-tenure positions in Biology, commencing on a rolling basis usually on Sept 16 at the beginning of the academic year. We are looking for candidates at the rank of Teaching Associate to teach a subset of the Introductory series labs (Biology 180 Introductory Evolution and Ecology, Biology 200 Introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Biology 220 Introductory Physiology) which may vary quarter-by-quarter. The initial appointment will be for teaching in one of these courses during Autumn quarter with a chance for renewal to the end of the academic year (15 June) pending satisfactory performance reviews. Therefore, the position covers 9 months of the academic year. The successful candidate will benefit from interactions with faculty in the Department of Biology whose research areas include biology education, ecology, evolution, molecular, cellular, physiological biology.

Teaching Associates will teach undergraduate biology labs in conjunction with a large lecture course each quarter. Associates teach 6x 3-hour labs per week and work closely to support the 144 students (generally STEM majors) in those labs each quarter. The overall team of Associates rotates between these three courses each quarter to best mediate changing enrollments and their own interest areas. Teaching Associates in Introductory Biology work with the large teaching team for their course as well as the greater Instructional Support side of the department. 

The duties for this position include:
Teaching weekly labs, including
Cleaning and setting up labs
Instructing labs, including initial small lectures and leading lab activities
Maintaining safety standards for all students and staff
Attending the associated course lecture 4-5 times per week and assisting with exam proctoring
Coordinating with instructors and coordinators to maintain course cohesion
Holding office hours, engaging in online platforms, administrating course grades and answering student emails
Meeting weekly with the teaching team under the direction of the Course Coordinator to learn lab teaching specifics for the week, give feedback, learn upcoming lab exercises, and practice teaching skills.

This opportunity will be open until filled, however equal first priority will be given to complete applications. Continuation beyond the first quarter is conditional on satisfactory performance reviews.

The salary range for this position will be  $4670-$5500 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Appointments of candidates holding only a bachelors degree will occur at the lower end of the salary range.

Questions that are not answered in this Ad can be addressed to search coordinator Sara Berk at for direction to the applicable faculty for answer.



Position requires minimum of bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline.



Application requires submission of:

a. CV

b. Cover letter of no more than 2 pages that describes applicable teaching experience and philosophy.

c. Diversity statement. 

Applicants selected for interview will complete a live online teaching demonstration.

Interested candidates from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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