CfA: Program for Teaching East Asia – Staff Assistant


he Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies invites applications for a part-time (80%) Staff Assistant with background in East Asian studies and K-12 education.

TEA is a grant-funded program with the mission of facilitating and enhancing the study of East Asia and international education in K-12 curricula in schools nationwide. TEA conducts research on the state of the field; assesses national, state, and local district needs; and designs, delivers, and evaluates programs to address these needs. TEA programs bridge the gap between scholarly research in the field and the K-12 curriculum. Towards this end, TEA works with diverse groups of Asian studies specialists within and beyond the university, professional organizations, school districts, and teachers. This position reports to the TEA Director and/or project PIs as appropriate, and contributes substantively to TEA’s research, curriculum development, and teacher professional development projects.

The Professional Research Assistant will serve as a TEA staff Assistant, responsible for working with the TEA Director, project PIs, and Asian studies faculty on campus to design, deliver, and assess the impact of professional development programs in Asian Studies for K-12 teacher audiences.

Key responsibilities

  • Working as part of a team to design and manage professional development courses on East Asia for K-12 teachers through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia program at TEA;
  • Conduct research, program design, and evaluation on the effectiveness of online and distance learning technologies for NCTA seminars;
  • Develop and implement communication and dissemination plans that highlight key project information via website, social media campaigns, newsletter contributions, etc.;
  • Promote research project-developed resources to targeted audiences within the national K-12 audience and academic community;
  • Manage the TEA database;
  • Conduct research required for grant development;
  • Other duties as assigned.

In addition, the Staff Assistant may represent TEA projects at national conferences and programs, and make presentations on program activities and special topics in East Asian studies relevant to the K-12 curriculum to a variety of audiences and funders.

What you should know

  • The staff assistant is expected to work a hybrid format, with a minimum of 3-4 days per week in the CAS office at CU Boulder
  • This position may occasionally require work outside of a conventional 8-5 workday and M-F work week.
  • This position may require occasional travel for professional presentations and professional conferences.

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