Teaching Assistantships

HOL 1000: Choices in Living in the holistic health department is taking applications from master-level students for teaching assistantships for fall and spring semester 2015-16. Positions available will be two-thirds time requiring 13.5 hour of commitment and will reimburse for six credits of tuition.

This appointment requires an enrollment of six credit hours. The award reimburses students for some tuition and other educational expenses, and provides a small salary. Students must be admitted to a graduate level master degree or certificate program.

HOL 1000: Choices in Living classes are large (200 students per section) and teaching assistants are an essential part of the team. There are five sections. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the holistic health care program or who have taken holistic classes, but others are encouraged to apply.


Teaching assistance

  • Attend all classes in one section and support instructor you are assigned to (classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
  • Correspond with, arrange, confirm and thank guest speakers
  • Periodically facilitate class discussion, presentations and meditation/relaxation

Office duties

  • Hold office hours
  • Assist instructor to field student questions and responsibly handle student concerns


  • Assist instructors to create and administer exams
  • Grade and record reflection papers, exams, wellness assessments, all parts of the Finding Meaning Joy and Happiness Project and extra credit activities
  • Manage database for grading
  • Post grades on e-learning


  • Attend periodic HOL 1000 team meetings
  • Some additional departmental responsibilities may also be requirement periodically throughout the semester


  • Work with instructor to update course materials and assignments, as needed
  • Acquire knowledge of campus and community resources and update as necessary


To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume or vita, including current address and phone number
  3. Describe any experience, talents or skills that you have that relate to the criteria listed


  • Term is for the academic year fall and spring 2015-16
  • Application deadline is March 18, 2015
  • Interviews will be the fourth week of March

If you have questions please call Gay Walker (269) 387-3839. All new teaching assistants will be required to attend a training event in the late summer.

Please send your resume to:

Attention of Gay Walker
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5212

or deliver to the Health and Human Services Building, attention Gay Walker, room 2400.