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Job Description: Drama 101 Lecturer

Predoc Lecturer Job Description

Course Name: Drama 101, Lecturer
Curricular Purpose Drama 101 lecturer teaches non-major students who are interested in theatre and performance but do not necessarily have prior experience with the art form.
Drama 101 also counts as a VLPA course.


  • Prepare and conduct all lectures
  • Prepare overheads and/or powerpoints and handout materials as needed
  • Obtain keys to media equipment and attend an orientation, if needed, with classroom services
  • Request or acquire necessary equipment and/or AV materials for lectures
  • Orient guest lecturers; attend all guest lectures
  • Facilitate discussions in lecture, as appropriate
  • Prepare review materials for exams
  • Proctor all exams, with TAs
  • Attend all performances students are required to see


  • Review literature
  • Order textbooks
  • Prepare course syllabus, including grading scale, course policies and course progression
  • Identify key concepts and vocabulary for which students will be held accountable
  • Compose all assignments, including paper prompts and projects, with grading rubrics
  • Prepare exams (write questions; compile and edit questions generated by TAs)
  • Maintain a course site through an online course management platform (e.g., Canvas)


  • Hold regular office hours
  • Manage and respond to course-related e-mail
  • Schedule regular meetings with TA’s, once a week or as appropriate
  • Review and/or establish with TAs, key vocabulary and concepts for the course
  • Share course assignments, exams and rubrics with TA’s in a timely manner to facilitate section work

Drama 101 Lecturer

Assigned Course Drama 101 lecture sections
Faculty member or supervisor to whom the ASE will report Scott Magelssen
Procedures used for evaluation (if any)

During your appointment as a teaching assistant, you will be evaluated by the TA evaluator. This evaluation will be placed in your employee file - not your student file. You will receive a copy, and will have an opportunity to comment on the evaluation. It will then go to the Administrative office for processing. This processing includes a confirmation to the Graduate School that the evaluation has been done, but no copy of the actual evaluation will be forwarded to them.

If the evaluator concludes that the TA is not meeting departmental criteria for teaching competence, then s/he will work with the TA to determine a specific, written plan for addressing the TA’s teaching difficulties.

A TA should feel free at any time to give input to the observation process. Any appeal, should one feel the need to appeal the outcome of any decision based on the observation, should follow procedures outlined in Executive Order 28. This appeal would begin with contacting the Executive Director of the School.

Criteria to be used in the evaluation will include at least the following:
   effective use of class time
   organization of material
   engaging full class
   clear direction on assignments
Responsibilities to students
   office hours
   assignments returned in a timely manner
   teaching from the syllabus
   consistent grading
   understanding/enforcing University policy

Course meeting times and location MWF 12:30-1:20, room changes every quarter, check time schedule
The maximum number of students for which the ASE will be responsible Approximately 144
Office hours (if applicable) TBA by TA
Training programs (if applicable) Center for Teaching and Learning, TA training for new TAs, Sept 21-22, 2015
Work location See time schedule. Office in Hutchinson Hall, room 301