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POST DATE 8/11/2016
END DATE 10/10/2016

University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky
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Full Time
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Lexington, KY
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
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Masters Degree



The Department of Chemistry is seeking talented and highly motivated upper-level undergraduates to fill positions as Undergraduate Instructional Assistants Type 1 (UIA-I), commonly titled Undergraduate Laboratory Assistants (ULAs). ULAs help guide students in chemistry courses to a deeper understanding of material that the ULAs themselves are expected to understand in order to better assist students with their understanding of the chemistry content. They are to maintain the utmost standard of responsibility, integrity, and professionalism while in this position. ULAs in the Chemistry Department are assigned to assist a TA or instructor in a course section of an Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHE 231 or 233). Section assignment is determined by the Academic Coordinator (laboratory supervisor) and is dependent upon availability of all teaching and instructional assistants. The position requires a full semester, weekly commitment at the laboratory time, a weekly one-hour office hour in the Organic Chemistry Learning Center, a weekly TA/ULA meeting, as well as any necessary preparation needed by the individual ULA each week, which total to a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week.

ULAs are responsible for the maintaining laboratory safety, monitoring a maximum of 24 students, and assisting a graduate teaching assistant under the supervision of the Academic Coordinator for the lab. ULAs provide pre-lab directions, assist students during the lab period with the experiment, answer student questions in person and online (via email, the course discussion site, or other methods), assist with grading student work, assist with keeping records of student work via the course Learning Management site and in a secure hard copy, and provide student support as part of their office hour by serving one hour in the Organic Chemistry Learning Center, under the direct supervision of the Academic Coordinator(s) using materials provided by the Academic Coordinator. ULAs are responsible for assisting with evaluating student work and providing feedback to students following the provided grading rubrics. All TAs and ULAs receive specific training on the use of the grading rubrics during TA/ULA orientation and during the weekly TA/ULA meeting to ensure that all sections are graded consistently. All grading is spot checked and any discrepancies and disputes are resolved by the Academic Coordinator. All final grades are determined by the Academic Coordinator.

ULAs are required to attend the one-hour weekly TA/ULA meeting, participate in TA/ULA orientation activities prior to the beginning of the term, and participate in required training as part of the Graduate School s University-wide TA orientation. ULAs are also required to complete UK Environmental Health & Safety Training courses in: 1) Chemical Hygiene Plan / Laboratory Safety or the Annual Refresher, 2) Hazardous Waste, specific, 3) Chemical Fume Hood, 4) Fire Extinguisher Training and 5) Emergency Eyewash and Safety Shower Station Use & Inspection. Current training records must be provided to the laboratory supervisor before the first day of classes. All safety training must be dated within a year of the last day of the semester.

ULAs are in a paid, hourly position and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. ULAs are expected to participate in professional development sessions alongside graduate student TAs, for which they will be compensated. These duties would include professional development sessions (TA/ULA orientation and TA/ULA meetings), performance evaluations twice a semester, and other duties as assigned.






The University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus. Any candidate offered this position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.