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TA Hiring Process

The Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Teaching Assistant Appointment Guidelines

  1. The Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offer graduate courses under the SPH rubric. These courses range from 400-600 level major and integrated courses. New TAs are identified from the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and/or the School of Public Health (SPH) graduate students (i.e., MPH, MS, MS (HA), or PhD students) via the application process outlined below.
  2. The typical EPI/BIO course offerings and their associated TA appointments are listed in the following document: Typical EPI/BIO TA Appointments.
    1. Course Job Description
  3. To apply for a TA appointment, applicants must upload the following documents in one file labeled with the applicant’s name (Last Name_First Name_Term_TA Materials). PDF format is preferred. Please make sure all materials uploaded are labeled with the applicant’s name.
    1. Epidemiology and Biostatistics Application
    2. Resume or CV
    3. Academic Writing Sample (e.g., a previous paper written for a course) – Optional.

    Fall 2024 TA application deadline is May 17th 2024

  4. Documents should be uploaded here
  5. TAs in EPI/BIO courses provide additional educational/instructional support resources to enrolled students. TAs in EPI/BIO and SPH courses do not serve as instructors of record and are not responsible for syllabi development. The typical TA duties for EPI/BIO courses involve:
    • Attending class
    • Establish office hours (3 hours per week) – for a set time each week and also by appointment.
    • Blackboard (Bb) preparation: TA will be responsible for checking content to update dates, instructions, and open assignments and release answer keys.
    • Manage Bb discussion board: TAs will work together to monitor Discussion Board to respond to questions within 24 hours.
    • Provide one or two lectures on subject matter such as key terminology.
    • Assist with communication to guest lecturers including providing link to online class.
    • Grade homework assignments, including the development of grading schedules.
    • Grade exams
      • Asist in proctoring exams
      • Post grades to the gradebook on the Bb
  6.  It is recommended that all TAs and course instructors meet before the start of the semester to discuss specific TA expectations for their particular courses. All TAs should have the expectation that their role involves contact with students, which may be in-person and/or virtual. Please note that the majority of EPI/ BIO classes are offered in an on-campus/in-person format and these classes are held on the east side of UIC’s campus.
  7. Summer EPI/BIO TA appointments are very limited and are dependent upon EPI/BIO courses meeting minimum enrollment requirements.
  8. All First time Teaching Assistance must attend “New TA Orientation”
  9. According to both Illinois state law (110 ILCS 305/7c) and UIC policy, all non-native English-speaking Teaching Assistants must be certified as proficient in spoken English before being given instructional responsibilities. Oral English proficiency testing will be conduct during the hiring process. For information on the procedure, see the International Teaching Assistant Program’s website:

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