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GTA Position in Integrated Engineering Design

The Interdisciplinary Senior Design program features a sequence of two 3-credit courses—EF 437 is offered in the fall and EF 438 in the spring. Teams of senior business and engineering students working under the guidance of faculty mentor coaches and industrial liaisons complete authentic design projects for sponsoring companies and agencies.

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) play a vital role in guiding graduating EF 437/438 seniors as they transition from academia to professional practice. The EF 437/438 GTA will assess written, visual, and oral student work products, provide technical and business feedback, prepare support materials, facilitate design reviews, occasionally lecture, and manage an extensive Canvas course site. As a key member of the instructional team, the GTA will gain valuable experience in engineering education. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Key Duties

This position will:

  • evaluate student work products for grades; assess student work products for ABET and Gen Ed/VolCore outcomes
  • manage the course gradebook
  • build/maintain Canvas course shell
    • modules
    • assignments
    • rubrics
    • outcomes
    • gradebook
    • quizzes
  • facilitate design reviews with faculty and students
  • edit and contribute content to a design handbook
  • edit and contribute content to an administrative handbook
  • compile a professional communications style guide that includes technical reports, presentations, memos and emails
  • lecture on selected topics
  • perform other duties as assigned

Proficiencies Desired

The following skills are desired from candidates:

  • interpersonal skills: public speaking & emotional intelligence: intermediate to high; conflict resolution, negotiation: developing to intermediate
  • technical writing: intermediate to high
  • MS Word: intermediate to advanced (paragraph formatting styles, captioning for tables and figures, TOC generation, cross-referencing)
  • PowerPoint: intermediate
  • Excel: intermediate
  • diagramming (Mural, MS Visio, xDiagram, or equivalent): beginning to intermediate
  • project management: beginning to intermediate (Trello, MS Teams, MS Project helpful)
  • video editing: beginning to intermediate


This position entails a $11,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver for 10 hours a week. The position will begin August 1, 2023 and continue until July 31, 2024. The position is eligible for re-appointment in August 2024.

Application Process

Send a resume or CV plus 2 samples of your writing (research paper or project report, and another short document ~1 page) to Keith Stanfill, Edwards Assistant Dean and Director of Integrated Engineering Design, at

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