Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships

Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships in the Department of Economics, UVA

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows are undergraduate students who serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for the Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2010) and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2020) courses.  For the 2020-2021 academic year, 17 undergraduate TAs will work with Mr. Elzinga (2010) in the fall and Mr. Coppock (2020) in the spring; 6 TAs will work with either Mr. Santugini (2010) or Mr. Doyle (2010 and 2020) for the entire year. 

Qualifications:

  • Great performance in ECON 2010 and Econ 2020.  Undergraduate Teaching Fellows should have earned an A in both principles classes.  Students who received AP credit for one of the principles course and then earned an A in the other also are eligible.
  • It is preferred that students have taken at least one of the principles classes with the professor(s) for whom they serve as TAs.
  • Rising third-year or fourth-year students. It is very unusual for a second-year student to be selected as a TA.

Compensation:  

  • Pecuniary: $2,400 per semester plus a nontrivial addition in human capital and a strong signal on your resume.
  • Non-pecuniary: Utility stream from making “the dismal science” less dismal for UVA students taking Econ 2010 and Econ 2020.

Job Description

  • Lead two 50-minute discussion sections each week for the students enrolled in these sections.
  • Be available to students a minimum of three hours per week for “office hours.”  Office hours may be held at any accessible location on grounds.  Times and locations must be known both to students and to the Head TA or professor.
  • Administer mid-term tests and the final exam to students enrolled in the two discussion sections.
  • Grade all exams taken by students enrolled in the two discussion sections.
  • Explain the material presented in the lectures and the textbook and answer questions from students in the two discussion sections.
  • Explain the grading of the mid-term tests.
  • Produce an accurate tally of all students’ grades: mid-terms, discussion section points, and final exam.
  • Each semester, attend an average of two mandatory meetings with the professor and the other TAs.

Application Timeline (approximate):

  • Mandatory Informational Session: 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Monroe Hall 130
  • Formal Application due by the end of March
  • Selection in first week of April

Questions can be directed to Sarah Lapp