Chem 103 Reader-Grader Positions

About: The chemistry department is continuously working to improve our General Chemistry curriculum. This academic year, we’re aiming to address one course objective in a new way with three writing assignments. The objective, “By the end of Chemistry 103, students will articulate the rationale
behind experimental results and answers to conceptual problems in verbal communications and
written assessments using scientifically appropriate language”, requires meaningful feedback
from knowledgeable instructors. TA/FA/UA-Workload constraints prohibit adding this to existing
teaching assignments, so we are looking to hire additional hourly workers to outsource the
evaluation of these writing assignments.
Here are the specific details for each assignment:
 Students will randomly (and automatically) be sent one of seven writing prompts.
  • All prompts will ask students to summarize content from Chemistry 103. In addition, some prompts will ask students to write letters or make connections to their lives or society.
 Students submit three 500-word essays over the course of the semester.
 Graders (you!) will apply a rubric and utilize a library of common comments to evaluate
approximately 100 essays three times.
  • We’re basing this project on a framework from Biology 151 at UW-Madison andon chemistry programs from other universities.
  • You will be paid for a total of 60 hours of work done at three discrete times during the semester as a student-hourly worker at $10/hour.
  • You will have a week in which to evaluate the 100 essays, which should take fewer than 20 hours each time. You may do this work on your own schedule as long as you complete it by the designated time.
  • If you are interested in making more money, then we can increase your options. For example, you may choose 1.5x or even 2x assignments, or you may choose to grade exams, too.
  • The reason we want to hire highly-qualified graders is that we want you to correct any misconceptions about chemistry content, lightly evaluate writing skills, and determine if students addressed the directions in the prompt.
Qualifications: Successful candidates will have earned A in introductory chemistry courses and have upper-classman standing. At this point, we are evaluating if there are enough graders to pilot this project in the Fall, 2018 semester. In other words, you do not have to commit to taking the position now (but you can!), but we do need to get a sense for how many people would potentially be interested in the position.
Contact: If this sounds interesting to you, then please email Dr. Liana Lamont at as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I’d love to talk about this project more over email and in-person.
Department of Chemistry
Madison, Wis.
Part time
Posted Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018