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Teaching Opportunities


1. Biology UTA Program

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTA) are needed for lower level biology classes (BSCI 160/161, 170/171, 207, 222; BSCI 201, 202; BSCI 103, 125, 135. 189i). New UTAs are required to attend a safety training class and a weekly teaching seminar. Each UTA works under the supervision of the lab or discussion coordinator. This work will require 10-15 hours per week, depending on the course requirements. The stipend is $1,500 for the semester, paid in an hourly wage. Information, and an online application for Spring  are available here, BSCI-UTA-Program-Spring 2018. The application deadline is November 15th, 2017.
For more information, please contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra at

2. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a long history of using highly qualified undergraduate students as Teaching Assistants (UTA) in lower-level chemistry laboratories (CHEM 132, 132, 242 or 272). These are normally paid positions. A UTA's standard responsibilities average about 7-8 hours/week and include leading one laboratory section, one scheduled office hour/week, along with laboratory grading and preparation. UTAs will also be assigned to proctor and grade examinations for a lecture section of general or organic chemistry. Information, deadlines and an online application are available at

3. Terrapin Teachers

Terrapin Teachers provides students with the opportunity to add teaching to their career options. Through this program, students receive both a content degree in math or science and eligibility for teacher certification. This program prepares students to teach math and science effectively using inquiry and project-based instruction. Undergraduates teach math or science lessons to elementary students beginning in the first course of the program, TLPL 101, Inquiry Approaches to Teaching. For more information, visit or contact
4. Noyce Tutor Program

Freshmen and sophomores with strong math or science backgrounds can tutor students in local middle or high schools. You will earn $15 an hour, and most school sites can be accessed via the UMD shuttle system. Tutors also get paid to attend a monthly seminar to learn tutoring strategies and share experiences and may attend other Noyce Tutor' activities. For more information and application deadlines, please visit the Noyce Tutor Program website or contact Ashley Coon at
5. Department of Astronomy
The Department of Astronomy hires undergraduate astronomy majors as teaching assistants (TAs) for introductory level astronomy courses. This is a paid position for approximately 10 hours/week. You are encouraged to apply for an undergraduate TA position if you have:
  • at least 56 credits
  • an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • a GPA of 3.2 or better in astronomy courses
  • a schedule compatible with astronomy sections offered

If you are interested in applying for an undergraduate TA position, please submit a one-page resume to Mary Ann Phillips (CSS 1205) that includes:

  • astronomy courses taken with grades received
  • your overall GPA
  • any teaching experiences (these do not have to be "in the classroom," include tutoring, club experiences, summer jobs, etc.)
  • contact information (local and "summer" phone numbers; email)
  • any other information that you wish to include about yourself
  • two faculty references (just list their names & depts. if other than astronomy)
  • a statement stating why you want to be an undergraduate TA
  • attach a copy of your schedule for the upcoming semester

6. Department of Mathematics: Strauss Teaching Assistants
A Strauss Teaching Assistant is an advanced undergraduate mathematics student who leads one problem discussion per semester of Math 140 (Calculus I) or Math 141 (Calculus II). This is a one-year commitment, with pay. Duties include teaching, grading, and holding office hours each week. Whether your plans include graduate school or immediate employment upon graduation, the Strauss Teaching Assistantship is a unique opportunity for you to cultivate the communication skills that will enable you to reach your goals. Criteria for a Strauss Teaching Assistant include:
  • Math major (or double major) 
  • Completed Math 410 with a grade of B or higher 
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher

If you are interested, please leave with the Undergraduate Math Office (Math Building Room 1117): your name, email address, telephone number and a brief paragraph about why you would like to be a Strauss Teaching Assistant. The deadline for applications is March each year.

Additional Resources

Guided Study Session (GSS) Leader
TLTC’s Academic Peer Mentoring Program (AMP)
Terrapin Teachers

Orientation: UNIV Teaching Assistant 
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
 - (go to "How to become a PAL peer educator")
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Teach for America