Course Coordinator
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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PSD Computer Science: Administration and Staff

About the Department

The Department of Computer Science is an academic department that has a rich history of advancing and defining new fields of discovery in the physical sciences and computer science, and this tradition continues today. Our inquiry and impact spans from the edge of theory to human-computer interaction to Data Science. We are part of the Physical Sciences Division which includes departments and several interdisciplinary research institutes and centers.

Job Summary

The job of the course assistant is to provide classroom support for the faculty of the Computer Science department in undergraduate and/or masters classes. This is a renewable one-year appointment. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting various facets of the courses assigned, reporting to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and/or the Associate Director of Faculty Services in the Masters Programs in Computer Science.


  • Oversees teaching assistants and graders, especially ensuring grading is consistent and of high quality.
  • Handles EdTech set-up (Github, Gradescope, Canvas, Ed Discussion, etc).
  • Grades homework and exams.
  • Answers questions on Ed Discussion or other similar systems.
  • Helps design assignments and exam questions.
  • Leads discussion sections and labs, if necessary.
  • Handles SDS cases and be the point of contact for other special cases.
  • Attends class, if necessary.
  • Prepares and tests lecture demonstrations to ensure consistency with course content. Works with faculty or staff to determine the suitability of demonstrations for specific lectures.
  • Recommends improvements on existing demonstrations. Assists with creating manuals, syllabi, and other instructional materials. Maintains and documents the use of demonstration equipment or materials.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field, at the time of appointment.

  • At least one year of experience as a Teaching Assistant or Grader in undergraduate or graduate classes in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field.

Preferred Competencies
  • Strong knowledge of one of more of the following areas of Computer Science:
    • Introductory programming in Python.
    • Systems programming in C.
    • Computer Systems (Networks, Operating Systems, Databases, etc.).
    • Machine Learning.
    • Theoretical Computer Science (Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms, etc.).
  • Experience with EdTech tools, such as Ed Discussion, Gradescope, GitHub Classroom, Canvas, etc.
  • Ability to respond on short notice and work in stressful situations.
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner as well as in a group environment.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Technical competence in using Linux.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Reference Contact Information (required). At least one reference from an instructor that the candidate supported as a teaching assistant or grader.

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Academic Affairs

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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