Teaching Assistant for Engineering Innovations

Maryland, United States
11 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/01/OA 
Starting Salary Range: $11 to $15 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60004726-CEO Instructors and Students 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering

Course Description:

Engineering Innovation (EI) is a summer course for high school students who have an interest in learning more about engineering. EI is administered by the Center for Educational Outreach in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The mission of the Center is to increase the number of youth pursuing STEM education and careers. Engineering Innovation is designed to give students a significant understanding of engineering, allowing them to make informed college and career decisions.

Engineering Innovation is based on an introductory engineering course taught to undeclared freshmen engineering students at JHU. EI covers a range of fundamental engineering topics including materials science, civil, mechanical, electrical, robotics, and chemical engineering. The course includes lectures, but focuses on hands-on lab experiments and group projects. Graded coursework includes lab reports, a mini research report, homework assignments, weekly quizzes, and a final exam. At the end of the course, students who earn an A or B receive JHU credit for the course. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to expose students to engineering principles, allow them to apply the math and science they learn in high school to solving real world problems, and to help students develop critical thinking skills.

NOTE: This position is not benefits eligible.

Multiple positions available.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Description:

Each class of EI consists of 16-24 students with diverse academic backgrounds. Each class is team taught by a PhD level engineer and a high school teacher who teaches math or science. Select sections of EI also have assigned to them a teaching assistant. The role of the teaching assistant is to support the teaching efforts of the instructor and teaching fellow.

Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:

Teaching assistants (TAs) work with the Teaching Fellow and the Instructor to ensure labs, lectures, and student projects run smoothly. TAs must have a thorough understanding of labs to ensure that they are conducted with minimal errors. Tasks may include:

  • Helping with lectures including printing lecture materials needed by the instructor and/or students. 
  • Grading labs or homework.
  • Preparing and cleaning the classroom.
  • Preparing the Labs before each activity. This includes ensuring that all equipment is in working order , all supplies required for the lab are setup in the space, and that all required safety equipment is available.
  • Cleaning up the lab space after each activity.
  • TAs also work closely with students, acting as a mediator between the students and the instructors.
  • TAs confirm students’ understanding of lectures, labs, assignments and projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • TAs must have either completed the Engineering Innovation course and received a letter grade or completed an introductory engineering course at their undergraduate institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive lab experience is preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • They must have knowledge of Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and Physics.
  • Able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Possess a fluent understanding of general engineering principles.
  • Ability to treat students with respect, have a positive attitude and generate enthusiasm for engineering in the classroom.

Engineering Innovation Course Dates:

In 2019, most sites will offer EI June 24th to July 19th, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no class on July 4th. A few of our sites operate on a different schedule. Please check our website (http://engineering.jhu.edu/ei/) for site specific dates. TA’s will generally need to be available before or after class to assist the Instructors and Teaching Fellows.


TA’s will be paid hourly. TA’s will keep a record of their hours and forward this to the Engineering Innovation office.


Please include your resume and a 1-page description of how your strengths will be an asset to the course when applying for this position.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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