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A graduate laboratory teaching assistant (TA) in chemistry is responsible for the supervision of all laboratory activities for a specific chemistry course.  The TA is responsible for maintaining a safe, instructive atmosphere in the laboratory at all times. The TA must follow all safety guidelines at all times in the laboratory, and must enforce these guidelines for all students in the laboratory. TA's are generally expected to attend all pre-lab sessions, all laboratory sessions, and any other meetings scheduled by the course instructor or the lab coordinator. The TA is required to be familiar with all experimental procedures and calculations involved in an experiment prior to entering the laboratory and must be prepared to lecture briefly on this material. TA's are also responsible for grading laboratory reports and pre-lab assignments. The TA is required to maintain an accurate grade and attendance record. TA's have primary responsibility for laboratory housekeeping, and should ensure that all areas are clean and neat before leaving the laboratory. The TA will provide first response in the event of a laboratory accident.

Job Responsibilities     Description
Teaching Contact Hours  Two lab sections at 3 hours each.
Help Room Contact Hours Tutoring-style office hours.
Lab Preparation*  Background must be read
and lectures developed. “Unknowns” must be created.
Staff Meetings     Discussion on the next experiment.
Grading          Grading for each section:
Generally** involves but is not limited to 24-28 lab reports and 24-28 pre-lab assignments per week. Data entry of grades.

*It should be noted that for upper level courses the hours of preparation required generally increases.

**Numbers given for student enrollments are generalized and may vary slightly depending on the type of course.

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