Teaching Assistants

Are you interested in helping mid-career professionals learn online about health care innovation? Apply to become a teaching assistant (TA) for the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s Online Education programs. We are looking for TAs to help develop and run courses related to health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and entrepreneurial thinking in a health care setting.

TAs assist in preparing course materials, monitoring courses, and grading work from enrolled learners. Work is performed remotely. Training and regular check-ins are provided. Typical tasks include:

Course Development

Average of 9 hours per week, not to exceed 15 hours. Project duration to be determined.

  • Assisting with gathering course assets and creating visual aids.
  • Drafting quizzes and other assessments.
  • Reviewing videos for quality and consistency.
  • Proofreading and editing captions and transcripts.

Course Delivery

Average of 5 to 7 hours per week for the duration of the course, 4 to 8 weeks.

  • Managing course announcements.
  • Supporting learners via email (with a 24-hour turnaround on responses).
  • Grading discussions and other writing assignments, using a provided rubric (within 5 days of submission).
  • Monitoring discussion forums daily and participating weekly.
  • Supporting faculty-learner interactions, e.g., attending synchronous sessions and moderating chat.
  • Identifying learner needs and directing important issues to faculty and staff.
  • Reviewing student evaluations and contributing feedback on courses’ overall effectiveness.


  • Content knowledge in a health care field and/or pedagogical experience.
  • Basic web content skills.
  • Online and library research skills.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and promptly.
  • The ability to work both independently and with a team.

Proofreading skills and experience using Canvas and PowerPoint are preferred.

Work is available during spring, summer, and fall terms. Hours will vary depending on course needs and the phase of production. Work may be carried out remotely with staff supervision.

These positions report to the Associate Director for Online Instructional Design, Adam Zolkover. If you are interested, please submit your résumé/CV along with a cover letter explaining your interest and briefly describing your relevant educational or teaching experience. Submit materials to Adam Zolkover (zolkover@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).