GTA Opportunities in the Department of History University of Essex, Department of History United Kingdom

GTA Opportunities in the Department of History

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Grade 7, SP 27 (£16.20 per hour). GTAs who have achieved AFHEA accreditation before the start of the module will be paid at SP 28 (£16.68 per hour)

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Fixed-term, Part-time

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The Department of History is seeking to appoint a number of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA's) for the academic year 2019-20 and are inviting applications for GTA work to assist with teaching on various modules which may include:

HR100-4-FY Making of the Modern World since 1750
HR101-4-AU Becoming a Historian
HR102-4-SP Multicultural Britain:  a History
HR103-4-AU Hidden Histories: class, gender and the rise of British democracy
HR104-4-SP Resisting Empire
HR106-4-AU People and Power: A History of Democracy in Modern Europe
HR111-4-FY Europe Transformed:  1450-1750
HR162-4-SP The Great American Experiment
HR394-6-AU The United States and the Vietnam War
HR510 History Works:  Career Portfolio

Purpose of the role and responsibilities:

The Graduate Teaching Assistant post will contribute to the Department's teaching programme by providing teaching and tuition to help students meet their learning outcomes.

GTA's assist academic staff in the Department by performing teaching or teaching related duties normally using existing teaching materials.

GTA's will receive close supervision and direction including regular feedback, pastoral support and guidance. The Module Supervisor will give full background on the module and clear direction on the content to be taught and the preparation necessary, and will undertake assessment of teaching. If marking is to be undertaken, it should be in line with the University's marking policy and under the guidance of the Module Supervisor.

The key responsibilities are:

* Preparing and teaching seminars to undergraduate students, providing them with a thorough knowledge of the subject and enabling them to meet the learning outcomes
* Attending the lectures relating to the module(s) taught
* Attending a seminar taken by the Module Director
* Holding office hours related to the module(s) taught and undertaking student liaison (e.g. responding to emails)
* Marking coursework assignments and providing feedback to student to support their learning
* Maintaining contact with the module supervisor
* Undertaking related administrative duties, including monitoring attendance
* Attending training courses and workshops
* Attending briefing meetings as part of the induction process
* Any other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Head of Department or their nominee.

Background knowledge and skills required:

The following knowledge and skills are required for this role:

* A first degree or a Master's degree, or other appropriate qualification in History
* At least one year of doctoral research experience (or similar)
* Good knowledge of the requirements of the subject area of the module taught
* A willingness to undertake a programme of training relevant to the requirements of this post
* Ability to communicate academic and teaching material clearly and effectively to both academic staff and a wide range of students
* Effective organisation skills to manage time and prioritise different duties
* Able to present work in a well-structured and coherent manner
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Range of hours offered:

The total number of hours per week will be between 6 and 7 hours.

General information:

You can find more information about the department at the following link:

Training and support:

University Induction and compulsory training, including Equality and Diversity, Department Induction, Staff Handbook, Cadenza, Bi-annual GTA feedback and networking sessions, meetings with Module Directors as required, observation of one seminar by Module Director, teaching observation by Module Director, marking guidance and moderation. 

How to apply:

Applications should be made in writing, including a covering letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a short statement from your Supervisor confirming that, if successful, this employment would not interfere with the requirement that postgraduate research students are expected to submit within four years. The application and associated documentation should be sent to the Department Manager to arrive not later than: Friday 26 April 2019.

The application and associated documentation should be submitted electronically to the Department Manager, Karen Shields, by 26 April 2019

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