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Teaching Assistants

Job Description:

Vanderbilt Summer Academy is a summer residential program for academically gifted students. Students typically score in the 95th percentile or higher on a nationally normed achievement test and spend between 1-3 weeks on campus, taking college-level classes taught by Professors, PhD students and content experts. The Teaching Assistant works with the instructor and VSA staff to ensure that students are appropriately challenged and supported during their time with the program.


Your summer includes:

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.
  • Loving what you do while building your resume.
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.
  • Competitive compensation with lunch included.


Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Teaching Assistants manage four domains of responsibility:

  1. Program Support — Supervise students, provide accountability to students and instructors for program schedules and policies, assist VSA staff on check-in and check-out days, master program and university policies about the protection of minors, and provide additional support as determined by administrative staff.
  2. Logistical Support — Procure copies and materials for the instructor, set up for labs and other classroom activities and other duties necessary to the smooth operations of the classroom.
  3. Pedagogical Support — Assist with differentiated instruction, work with the instructor to develop short teaching/breakout models as appropriate, supervise study halls and labs as applicable. Teaching Assistants will also coordinate meetings with instructors prior to the program to help prepare for the class.
  4. Student Support — Liaise with appropriate staff about students’ socio-emotional and academic concerns.


Qualified applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree by the time of employment. Current Master’s or Ph.D. students preferred. We offer a variety of courses in the maths, sciences, and humanities, and so we seek applicants from a broad range of disciplines. Curriculum match is very important. Teaching experience and/or experience working with gifted youth is a plus.


Program Dates and Times:

  • Online Training
  • Onsite Training: June 3- June 7*
  • 3 Sessions operating June-July
    • Session I: June 9-14
    • Session II: June 16-28
    • Session III: July 7-26

* Dates subject to change.

** TAs may work one or multiple sessions. Preference will be given to applicants who are available for the entirety of the summer.

Standard TA Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00AM–4:00PM
  • Saturdays (Sessions 2 & 3), 9:30AM–3:00PM

How to Apply:

The Teaching Assistant application is now available! Click the link below to apply.

Teaching Assistant Application

For questions, email Mark Shivers,