Teaching Assistant
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art | New York, NY
Posted on August 9, 2022

The ICAA's Education Department seeks emerging professionals and recent graduates who are interested in assisting with courses. Teaching Assistants (TAs) assist with instructor needs, expand and reinforce their knowledge of program topics, and build teaching skills.

About the Organization: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a nonprofit membership organization with 15 chapters across the country committed to promoting and preserving the practice, understanding, and appreciation of classical design. To do so, the ICAA offers a broad range of educational programs. These include intensives for architecture and design students, introductory programs for middle school students, lectures and walking tours for the public, continuing education courses for professionals and enthusiasts, travel programs to visit classical masterpieces, the publishing of original and reprinted books, and an annual journal entitled the Classicist. Through the annual Arthur Ross Awards, as well as other national and regional award programs, the ICAA also honors contemporary leaders of classical design and the related fields.

The Role: The ICAA's Teaching Assistant Program is a key part of the organization's work to broaden our base of instructors who are able to teach our Core Curriculum subjects. For each class, TAs are paired with one or more lead instructors who will work with the TA directly on program needs and expectations. TAs may work on a wide variety of programs based on their background and interests, including the Intensives in Classical Architecture, Workshops in Classical Architecture, Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, Continuing Education courses, youth programming, and more. While many opportunities take place at the ICAA's National Office in New York City, TA roles in other locations, as well as online, may also be available.

General expectations for each course include:

  • Attend brief pre-course meetings with the lead instructor(s) to discuss program expectations and any preparations the TA should do before the course begins to familiarize themselves with the course topics
  • Assist the instructor and ICAA education staff with any set-up and take-down for the course
  • Provide students with one-on-one guidance during the course
  • Assist with other tasks as needed during the course, such as taking photographs and drawing example diagrams
  • Observe how the lead instructor teaches the course

Qualifications: The ICAA is happy to consider all emerging professionals and recent graduates of university-level programs in design fields for Teaching Assistant positions. Teaching Assistants should have a strong passion for classical architecture, an interest in learning design pedagogy, and some previous experience studying or working with classical design. Alumni of ICAA education programs, such as the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, Intensive in Classical Architecture, and Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours, are especially encouraged to become Teaching Assistants.

How the Program Works: Those who are interested in becoming TAs may contact the ICAA Education Team to discuss the role further. Potential TAs are added to an internal list of individuals who have indicated an interest in TA opportunities. As new opportunities come up, the ICAA will reach out to this list to see who is available and interested in assisting with the course.

Teaching Assistants are hired on a contract basis for individual programs. TAs receive a stipend for their work during the program, in addition to reasonable travel and materials expenses where applicable. Payment and reimbursement guidelines are outlined in a letter of appointment which is sent to each TA once they have confirmed their participation in a specific class.

For more information and to discuss upcoming opportunities, please email [email protected]

The ICAA is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniformed servicemember status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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