Chemistry and Biochemistry

TA Application

Interested in applying to work as a TA for the BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry? Read below to learn about the application, application tips, and available positions.

Contact the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department secretary for questions and concerns. The secretary may be reached at chem1sec@chem.byu.edu or visited with face-to-face at C100 BNSN.

Spring/Summer 2021 TA Application

TA Application & Position Logistics

  1. Visit the BYU Employment website for crucial details about payment, taxation, requirements, privileges related to BYU student employment, and COVID-19 working procedures. 
  2. Verify the accuracy of the email address you provided in your TA application, for all status updates on your application will be sent to that provided address.
  3. Indicate the number of the course for which you are applying to in the appropriate field. Mark every course and position that you are qualified for and would like to accept.
  4. Notify Dr. Daniel Austin (austin@chem.byu.edu) or the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department secretary (chem1sec@chem.byu.edu) ASAP if you desire to withdraw your TA application. 
  5. If you desire to TA for a certain class, time, or instructor, indicate your desire in the appropriate field of the application.
  6. Edit your application at once if your availability changes. You may edit your application by reopening the application survey through the survey's original link. 
  7. Submit a new application for each semester/term in which you wish to TA. Your holding of the TA position is only secure for the semester in which you applied.
  8. If you desire to TA for a certain a class, time, or instructor, arrange your personal class schedule so that your schedule does not conflict with your desired section. You will not be considered for your desired section if your class schedule conflicts with that section's time.
  9. If you desire to be a class Recitation Leader (RL), indicate your flexibility on Tuesdays and Thursdays (TTh), for flexibility TTh is preferred for RL positions.
  10. Understand that 20 hours is the maximum number of hours a TA may work per week. This limit is in accordance with BYU student employment regulations.

TA Position Descriptions

  1. Chem 105 Recitation Leader 
    • This position typically requires 20 hours/week.
    • Responsibilities include: teaching two recitation sections twice a week, attending large class lectures, and carrying out other assignments (such as holding office hours, grading, conducting help sessions, attending training sessions, helping with class demos, etc.) at the direction of the professor.
  2. Chem 106, 351, or 352 Recitation Leader 
    • This position typically requires 15 hours/week.
    • Responsibilities include: teaching two recitation sections once a week, attending large class lectures, and carrying out other assignments (such as holding office hours, grading, conducting help sessions, attending training sessions, helping with class demos, etc.) at the direction of the professor.
  3. Gen Chem/O-Chem Lab Coordinator
    • This position typically requires 10-20 hours/week.
    • Responsibilities include: coordinating TAs to fill lab hours and carrying out other assignments (such as holding office hours, grading, conducting help sessions, attending training sessions, helping with class demos, etc.) at the direction of the professor.

  4. Grader
    • This position typically requires 5-10 flexible hours/week.
    • Responsibilities include: working with the professor and class TAs to grade assignments and input grades to BYU Learning Suite.
  5. Laboratory Teaching Assistant
    • This position's hours are established at the discretion of the professor.
    • Responsibilities include: supervising students in the laboratory and carrying out other assignments (such as grading and attending training sessions, etc.) at the direction of the professor.
  6. Lecture Class Teaching Assistant
    • This position's hours are established at the discretion of the professor.
    • Responsibilities include: attending class and carrying out other assignments (such as holding office hours, conducting help sessions, attending training sessions, helping with class demos, etc.) at the direction of the professor.

Last updated 1 December 2020