Major job duties
- Assist in the design and set-up of D2L and VoiceThread forums connecting students at a university in Somaliland with students in COMM333-02 at Metropolitan State.
- Assist in selecting topics and readings related to conflict in intercultural situations relevant to American students and students from the other country and culture. The TA will be in contact with instructors in the other country, as well as with Metropolitan State instructor, to work collaboratively on development of the content of the project, to help monitor the discussions while the project is ongoing and on evaluation after the project is finished.
- Assist students in designing culturally appropriate questions.
- Monitor forums for content and balanced participation and help to mitigate any cultural misunderstandings that may arise. Provide feedback to discussion groups when it’s clear that misunderstandings have taken place or when it’s evident that not enough cultural context has been given by students in their posts. (Experience shows that participating undergraduate students are generally polite with each other. What more often happens is that American students mention experiences that do not exist in Somalia, for example, and vice versa. This is a learning experience for American students as they strengthen their own skills to see what people in another country may not take for granted and vice versa.)
- Assist in the development of a more robust evaluation after the completion of the project in order to continuously improve as the project moves forward.
- Work with Prof. Moskow and the president or a faculty member of Nugaal University on an article to submit to a peer-reviewed journal. The TA will appear as an author.
Qualifications and experience
- Knowledge of human cultures
- Knowledge of online platforms, especially D2L.
- While the TA’s English should be at a university level, it is more important to be able to analyze and explain culture components of the discussions taking place in a D2L discussion forum. Non-native speakers are welcome to apply and may have an in-depth understanding of cultural similarities and differences as well as differences in language/communication structures that would be useful.
- Should be eligible for federal financial aid.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief narrative indicating communication courses completed or similar courses, experience and background that would qualify a graduate student to work with this project.