The SOC 119 TA application process consists of two steps.
First, fill out an online application by clicking on the link below. The application will take less than 2 minutes.
Second, in early November and late March of each year we conduct interviews for all applicants. All interviews are conducted in small groups so that you will go through the process with 4-5 of your peers. Click on the second link to register for an interview.
Before applying for a TA position, seriously consider the following:
1. Facilitating discussion groups on race relations is not easy, and it is emotionally challenging. You must be ready to be confused and to feel things, as well as to explore your racial identity and other aspects of yourself more deeply.
2. SOC 300 is a 4-credit group facilitator training class called “Preceptorship in Sociology.” You must take this class during the same semester that you would be facilitating three discussion groups. That means you must have the flexibility to schedule these four additional class times into your basic schedule. That said, being a facilitator is less work than the SOC 119 class.
3. There are TWO different sections of SOC 300 and you MUST be available for one of them:
Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30pm. or Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm.
4. SOC 300 is an extension of SOC 119, but is a different experience–sometimes a more uncomfortable one. Whereas in SOC 119 you learn about culture and history and political systems, in SOC 300 you will learn more about interpersonal relations and yourself. This can be painstaking work, certainly, but it can also be enlightening. But for someone who needs lots of structure and clear answers or who is looking to take SOC 119-Part II, this is not the class for you.
5. You will NOT receive an automatic “A” for your work in SOC 300. Your grade is based on your degree of responsibility and dependability in your work as a TA. We very much want everyone to earn an “A” for the course — and all but a few people do.
6. In order to be a teaching assistant, you must be enrolled in classes (full or part-time–and you can be a provisional student), have taken SOC 119, and be selected.
~ It’s a good idea to talk to current and former TAs to get a better idea of what to expect if you are selected.
~ If you still feel inspired to join us in this work, we would love to have you apply.
We want applications from students of all cultures, faiths, sexual, and (especially) political orientations. The more diverse we are in ideologies, backgrounds, and experiences, the more we will have to teach one another.