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Job description: Drama 103 instructor

Predoc Instructor Job Description

Course Name: DRAMA 103 Theatre Appreciation
Curricular Purpose Drama 103 introduces non-major students to the art and practice of live theatre, via an on-line course.
Drama 103 also counts as a VLPA course.


  • Complete canvas training session
  • Serve as ‘course administrator’ and ‘grader’ for the pre-established lectures and course content
  • Make a general announcement at the beginning of each week regarding assignments, additional feedback, reminders,
  • Grade all assignments within 7-14 days after submission
  • Review the make-up assignment, re-write, and plagiarism case rules laid out in the syllabus.


  • Become familiar with Drama 103 course and site
  • Arrange for students to get textbook/materials through bookstore or publisher
  • Sign up for and maintain necessary instructor accounts with publisher of electronic textbook/resources used in the course
  • Update and upload the course calendar
  • Update and upload the course syllabus
  • On the Canvas site, set the quarter specific due dates/times for assignments
  • Determine which productions in Seattle your students will be required to see, analyze and update syllabus and Canvas page with show information, including links to ticketing sites


Assigned Course Drama 103
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 online course
The maximum number of students for which the ASE will be responsible Approximately 50
Office hours (if applicable) TBA by TA
Training programs (if applicable) Center for Teaching and Learning, TA training for new TAs

Work location Office in Hutchinson Hall, room 301