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DES100 Undergraduate Instructional Assistant

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title:

DES100 Undergraduate Instructional Assistant

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

8N000:College of Design

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Salary Range:

Starting at $12.00 per hour

Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Required Education:

Student applicants must be enrolled at the University of Kentucky.
Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year) currently enrolled in The College of Design or Landscape Architecture with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. This position will require 7-10 hours of work per week. Assistants must be able to meet the following expectations / requirements and be interested in cultivating skills related to Engagement, Leadership, Research, and Assessment.

Required Related Experience:

Student applicants must be enrolled at the University of Kentucky.
Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year) currently enrolled in The College of Design or Landscape Architecture with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. This position will require 7-10 hours of work per week. Assistants must be able to meet the following expectations / requirements and be interested in cultivating skills related to Engagement, Leadership, Research, and Assessment.

Required License/Registration/Certification:


Physical Requirements:

Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Some lifting up to 50 pounds.


Days, Evenings, and some weekends. Flexible depending on the student’s availability and the needs of the faculty supervisor or project.

Job Summary:

DES100 Undergraduate Instructional Assistant
This assistantship will provide students the opportunity to work directly with faculty instructors and to serve as peer-to-peer mentors to teach, guide, and support students enrolled in DES100.

Per Week:
• Attend all DES100 classes on Monday and Wednesday, 12-12:50am and take attendance
• Lead a DES100 recitation on Friday, 12-12:50am
§ Guided by Faculty and team discussions, Assistants will reinforce weekly content through
various activities by leading a one-hour recitation to ~25 students. The goal of this hour
is to provide students with a smaller, more personalized cohort of peers with whom they
can discuss the week’s content, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas for assignments.
• Contribute to a DES100 team meeting every Tuesday, time TDB.
§ For two hours every week, Assistants will meet with Faculty Instructor to prepare for
recitation and to discuss course content, assignments, teaching methods and student
• Provide regular office hours for meeting with students and/or research
§ For two hours every week, Assistants will hold predictable office hours at a time and
location of their choosing to meet with students and do research for the course. The use
of this time will vary depending on student needs. The research will be comprised of
various jobs related to course support, such as researching course topics and precedents,
gathering images and readings, corresponding with guest lecturers, and brainstorming
opportunities for learning.
• Attend a meeting prior to the start of classes for training
• Assessment
§ At regularly scheduled intervals throughout the semester, Assistants will evaluate and
assist with grading student assignments. The process will require approximately 4 hours
per assignment for a total of 20 hours over the course of the semester. An additional 4
hours at Midterm and Final will be spent assessing student notebooks and exhibiting the
final work.
• Final Exhibition Preparation + Installation
• Attend a meeting at the end of the semester to share reflections and discuss strategies for
improvement in subsequent course offerings. Some Teaching Assistants might be asked to return
in subsequent semesters to serve as trainers for new Teaching Assistants.

To ensure the above expectations are being met, Undergraduate Instructional Assistants will be asked to keep a time sheet and to have progress meetings with the Faculty as needed.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :


Deadline to Apply:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Fast Facts

Location: Lexington, Ky.
Founded: 1865
Endowment: $1.1 billion
Budget: $3.5 billion
Research Grants and Contracts Awarded: $316.5 million
Library Holdings: 4.3 million volumes
Enrollment: 30,76
President: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Provost: Dr. David W. Blackwell
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Dr. Eric Monday
Executive Vice President for Research: Dr. Lisa A. Cassis
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Mark F. Newman

About the University

Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.


The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Our Guiding Principles

The University is driven by the promise it has made to Kentucky, one that honors its land-grant mission and a heritage honed through 150 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six principles guide our efforts. They are: creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high-quality graduate and professional education portfolio, cultivating a robust research environment, developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and ensuring a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community.


As Central Kentucky's largest employer, the University of Kentucky supports the recruitment and retention of unparalleled talent - individuals who inspire learning, teaching, service and healing through innovation in work solutions, initiatives, policies and programs. Impressive benefits at the University include an excellent retirement package, with an employer match that doubles the employee's contribution, a dynamic work-life program to assist employees in balancing their work with their personal lives, a wellness program to protect, maintain and promote the health of employees, and a strategic plan that nurtures diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. For more information regarding benefits, visit


In fiscal year 2016, the University of Kentucky was awarded $316.5 million in external grants and contracts. UK is one of only eight universities across the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and medical programs on one contiguous campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique cross-disciplinary research and scholarship. Moreover, UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in research: for aging, in cancer and in translational science. A new $265 million research facility, due to open in 2018, will bring together clinicians, scientists and scholars from across UK’s campus to reduce health gaps in Kentucky. These health gaps include cancer, cardiovascular disease & stroke, diabetes & obesity, substance abuse, and neuroscience & aging.

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK is one of eight universities in the U.S. that has well-established programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities that can boast the "Triple Crown" of federal research awards: NCI designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award, and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center.

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through its state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Passion for people and a vision for the "medical campus of the future" have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join UK. Their research agenda is balanced with outreach to affiliated and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive high-quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

Living in the Bluegrass

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of more than 314,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. For more information:

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