Great environment with efficient communication between co-workers while also working independently
Head Teaching Assistant- Psychology Department (Former Employee) – Springfield, OH – June 7, 2015
I was hired by my supervisor (associate professor of Psychology) to be a teaching assistant in my second year of psychology before being promoted to head teaching assistant my third year because of my passion for it. I was in charge of creating the schedule for all of my co-workers, making sure they were informed of their responsibilities for each lab shift, and had them report back to me daily with positive and/or negative points that I could then try to improve upon. The hardest parts of the labs were ensuring that all of the workers had very open communication lines either by email, phone, or in-person to cover each shift. My supervisor usually was teaching so if one of us did not show up to lab, the class was not able to get let in to lab and proceed that day and, thus, would be a day behind. Fortunately, my assistants were all very willing to switch shifts to help each other and I greatly appreciated the teamwork. Also, I was forced to make many decisions in the absence of my professor that were difficult for a student to handle, however I was very fortunate to have these experiences because I gained confidence in my leadership abilities. The most enjoyable parts of the job were definitely getting to teach my passion for psychology and put what I had learned to use by getting the students to love the field as well. Being a psychology lab head teaching assistant was definitely one of the most memorable and helpful points of my college career.
Gaining teaching experience, great hours, laidback atmosphere
No breaks, lack of supervisor (at times)