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Culture, Art, and Technology

Sixth College



Staff Contact:, (858) 534-6883

The Culture, Art, and Technology Program hires teaching assistants (TAs) to teach in the Core Sequence (CAT 1, 2 and 3). Each quarter we offer a selection of interdisciplinary writing courses, which take a variety of approaches to thinking about the intersection of culture, art, and technology. CAT 1, CAT 2, and CAT 3 are Sixth College's core writing sequence and these classes foreground critical reading, literacy across media, argumentative writing, research, and collaboration. 

CAT TAs lead discussion sections (attached to a bigger topic-specific lecture) that help students understand the lectures, readings/screenings, and other course materials as they develop their writing, reading, and communication skills. TAs are required to grade student work (using programmatic rubrics), hold regular office hours, attend course lectures, participate in weekly planning meetings with course instructor and fellow TAs, and participate in person in a final TA meeting during finals week. These weekly meetings support TAs in their teaching, but also enable TAs to implement CAT curricular expectations and standards with fairness and transparency across all courses and quarters.

In their first year, TAs new to CAT are required to attend a weekly CAT 500 meeting in Fall to develop their teaching skills and attend CAT pedagogy workshops during Winter and Spring terms. Prior to Fall classes, all TAs are required to attend a mandatory one day orientation, focused on pedagogy and program expectations.

A 50% appointment in CAT includes all the above responsibilities, in addition to holding discussion sections with students:

CAT 1 -- 2 sections of 16-17 students, 1 day/week (+ teaching seminar in first year)

CAT 2 & 3 -- 2 sections of 15-16 students, 2 days/week

rev. 3/16/23