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Interested in becoming a TA?

For Chemistry Merit please contact Elise McCarren.

Elise McCarren Photo

For Math Merit please contact Jennifer McNeilly.

Jennifer McNeilly

For Integrative Biology Merit please contact Lily Arias.

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For MCB Merit please contact Alejandra Stenger.

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For ECE Merit please contact David Varodayan.

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              Also, be sure to ask about the Merit Mentoring Program

Merit Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Participation in mandatory Mentor Training.
  • Weekly observation of mentee for the first four weeks of the semester (to be split between Mentor and Merit Director).
  • Observation of mentee once every three weeks thereafter, or as deemed necessary by the Mentor and Merit Director.
  • Participation in at least two meetings with Merit Director to discuss mentee progress.
  • Participation in two Performance Reviews with mentee and Merit Director to discuss progress

Merit Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Participation in mandatory New Merit Instructor and Mentee Training.
  • Weekly observation by either Mentor or Merit Director for the first four weeks of the semester.
  • Observation once every three weeks thereafter by Mentor, or possibly more as deemed necessary by Mentor and Merit Director.
  • Observations will last approximately one hour each time.
  • Brief discussion (10 minutes) with Mentor at some time after each observation to discuss observations, answer any questions, and set goals for subsequent class periods.
  • Participation in two Performance Reviews with Mentor and Merit Director to discuss progress.

The primary goal of any Merit instructor is:

  • To provide a quality education to their students
  • To better educate those students
  • To make that education meaningful and relevant

The Merit mentor will provide to the mentee:

  • The wisdom gained from their experience
  • Suggestions that have previous success
  • Constructive criticism in order to support growth as an instructor

Here is what some of our Mentees said when asked if the service provided by their mentor was useful:

“Yes. This was my first time teaching. So naturally I was a little nervous. Kelli reassured me, helped me with my weak points and was a source of confidence.”

“Yes. I do think it was useful. The beginning of the semester was a scary and stressful time and having Kelli there to help me be more confident in teaching was nice.”

“Yes! I would have been lost at the beginning without a mentor. Throughout the semester she consistently gave me good advice too.”

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