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EEI - Teaching Assistant

Explore Engineering Innovation (EEI) is a summer course for high school students who would like to learn more about engineering. EEI is administered by the Center for Educational Outreach in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The mission of the Center is to increase the number of youth pursuing STEM education and careers. Explore Engineering Innovation is designed to give students a significant understanding of engineering, allowing them to make informed college and career decisions.  


Explore Engineering Innovation is based on an introductory engineering course taught to undeclared freshmen engineering students at JHU. EEI covers a range of fundamental engineering topics including materials science, civil, mechanical, electrical, robotics, and chemical engineering. The course includes lectures but focuses on hands-on lab experiments and group data analysis. Graded coursework includes lab reports, homework assignments, and a design project. At the end of the course, students who earn an A or B receive JHU credit for the course.  Ultimately, the goal of the course is to expose students to engineering principles, allow them to apply the math and science they learn in high school to solving real world problems, and to help students develop critical thinking skills.   


Teaching Assistant (TA) Description:

Teaching Assistant (TA) Description: 

Each class of EEI consists of 16-24 students with diverse academic backgrounds. Each class is team-taught by a PhD level engineer and a high school teacher who teaches math or science. Select sections of EEI also have assigned to them a teaching assistant. The role of the teaching assistant is to support the teaching efforts of the instructor and teaching fellow.  


TAs must have completed the Explore Engineering Innovation course and received a letter grade. They must have knowledge of Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and Physics. Teaching assistants must be punctual, have a positive attitude, and treat students with respect. They must also be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. A strong understanding of general engineering principles and extensive lab experience is preferred. Finally, TAs must have a positive attitude and generate enthusiasm for engineering in the classroom.   


Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:

Teaching assistants (TAs) work with the teaching fellow and the instructor to ensure labs, lectures, and student projects run smoothly. TAs must have a thorough understanding of labs to ensure that they are conducted with minimal errors. Tasks may include: 

  • TAs must work with the Instructor and Teaching Fellow to develop a sense of community for the high school students participating in this online class.  


  • TAs will work with the Instructor and Teaching Fellow to answer questions posted to the course communication platform within 24 hours. 


  • TAs will assist with grading homework and other activities. They must ensure that students receive their graded assigned work promptly – within 1-2 days of the assignment due date – and provide detailed feedback to students so that they are able to learn from the activity and improve their future performance. 


  • TAs also work closely with students, acting as a mediator between the students and the instructors. 


  • TAs may be asked to hold online study sessions to assist students and their understanding of lectures, labs, assignments and projects.  


  • TAs will be assigned an online section that has a three-hour daily synchronous meeting time. The TA must be available during this meeting time for the duration of the course. 


Explore Engineering Innovation - Online Course Dates:  

In 2021, the course will be offered July 6 to August 6. Monday through Friday. The synchronous meetings will be held from 9am – noon, noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm, 6pm – 9pm, and 9pm-midnight (all Baltimore local times).   



TA’s will be paid $12-$15/hour, depending upon their prior experience. TAs will keep a record of their hours and forward their timesheets to the Engineering Innovation office.  



Please include your resume and a 1-page description of how your strengths will be an asset to the course when applying for this position.

Classified Title: Teaching Assistant 
Working Title: EEI - Teaching Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CE 
Starting Salary Range: 
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 8:00 - 5:00pm Some weekends and evenings 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60004726-CEO Instructors and Students 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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