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Instructional Assistant (Part-Time), Algorithms and Data Structures

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School / Campus / College: Continuum College

Organization: Continuum College

Title: Instructional Assistant (Part-Time), Algorithms and Data Structures

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service.

UW Continuum College expands the reach of the University of Washington by delivering educational programs that meet the needs of learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment, and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UW Continuum College (UWC2) has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time instructional assistant for the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) program Software Development & Design Essentials, specifically for the foundational course Algorithms and Data Structures which is taught in winter quarter. Instructional assistants serve in a key role in Certificate programs, engaging with students, collaborating with the instructor, grading student work, and monitoring student progress.

Professional and Continuing Education Instructional Assistants…

  • Support instructor in facilitating remote class sessions, if relevant (e.g. helping to manage Zoom).
  • Serve as the primary responder to student inquiries such as content questions, assignment questions, policies, etc. Use discretion on when to escalate questions to the instructor or the appropriate administrative staff. Timely response is 24 hours for email and discussion board posts and 72 hours to grade assignments.
  • Monitor student engagement with the online course materials and with peers, including online discussion forums.
  • Check in with students as needed to support their progress in the course.
  • Coordinate with the course instructor to ensure curriculum continuity.
  • Provide grading support as directed by the instructor.
  • Collaborate with program manager, instructor, and the rest of the instructional team to address student course evaluation feedback.
  • Work collaboratively with the course instructor, adapting an approach based on feedback and sound pedagogical practices.
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism, timeliness, and content relevance for diverse adult students.
  • Complete instructor onboarding process and relevant learning technology training.
  • Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies.

This PCE course is 10 weeks in duration and is on Thursday nights from 6 – 9 pm starting January 20, 2022. This course is in the real time online format, so it will occur over zoom. Information on the Professional and Continuing Education program Software Development and Design Essentials may be found at

UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructional Assistants are Academic Staff, not faculty. This is a part-time, temporary position.



  • Minimum 2.5 years of post-undergraduate professional experience in software engineering or development and computer science educational background.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability, and desire, to work with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Legal authorization to work and receive compensation in the United States.


  • Prior teaching or mentoring experience, particularly with adult learners.
  • Prior experience teaching/presenting in an online environment. 


To apply to be an instructional assistant for Algorithms and Data Structures, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter describing your relevant experience
  • Resume or CV

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and review of applications will occur intermittently dependent on program needs. Applications received by December 16th, 2021, will receive priority consideration.

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