Department Jobs & Internships

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences oversees several hourly wage opportunities which include but are not limited to the positions of Student Computer Laboratory Assistants, Student Networking Assistants and Student Tutors. COSC also encourages students to obtain Internships to go along with their studies in our department and oversees Graduate Assistantship opportunities for students. Additional information is available below.

 

COSC Student Lab Assistants
COSC Student Lab Assistants

Student Laboratory Assistants

Employment Eligibility

  • Lab Assistants must be either a degree candidate, or, a non-degree student with at least a 2.00 GPA.
  • Students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits during the fall and spring semester.
  • Students must possess a higher than average degree of technical proficiency (RE: hardware/software support).
  • Students must be able to adhere to a strict schedule of working hours.
  • Must be able to lift and carry packages weighing 40 pounds.

Responsibilities

Student Lab Assistants will help maintain the security and maintenance of all COSC Computer Laboratories and Classrooms. Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Troubleshooting hardware, software, printer and PC problems,
  • Assisting student users and faculty in the proper use of COSC hardware, including PCs and Multimedia Projection Systems,
  • Laboratory Printer Queue Management,
  • Resolving Printer Paper Jams
  • Laser Toner Cartridge Replacement
  • Helping to clean COSC labs on a regular basis.
  • Submitting any technical problems to the on-line “COSC Lab Problem Report” site.
  • Insuring the integrity and security of all labs and classrooms.
  • Helping to provide access for faculty and student-users to classrooms and labs as needed.
  • Responding to requests for assistance from COSC faculty and staff as needed.

Contact / Send e-mail inquiry to:

Richard D. Webster, COSC Lab Manager/Coordinator, 


Student Networking Assistants  

Contact / Send e-mail inquiry to:

Sam Houston, COSC Resources Director,


Student Tutors 

Tutors are employed in the department to cover a wide range of 100 and 200 level courses in the areas of programming, database management and web development. 

Employment Eligibility

  • Tutor must have earned at least a B+ in all courses tutored;
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • Must be able to adhere to a fixed schedule of available tutoring hours;
  • Must have above average English language skills (written and oral);
  • Must be willing to attend TU sponsored and paid CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) tutoring workshops.

At a minimum, tutors must be proficient in being able to tutor the following courses:

  • COSC 109 (Flash & MS-Expression Web)
  • COSC 111 (MS-Office applications) and
  • COSC 175, 236, 237 and 336 (Java programming courses).

Any and all department courses you could tutor above and beyond the classes indicated above would be a bonus.

Contact / Send e-mail inquiry to:

Richard D. Webster, COSC Tutoring Coordinator, 


Internships 

We encourage students to obtain internships as part of their studies in our department. Internship courses can be taken as part of the undergraduate Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology degrees. Please visit the Towson University Career Center website to start your search and additional information on services, career advice, internships, jobs, career events, and networking.

COSC/CIS/ITEC 397 – Internship Course

Requirements for enrolling:

  • Have a CS/IS/IT-related job
  • No more than 20% of the job may be administrative or clerical
  • Have a GPA in the major of 3.0 or greater
  • Have completed at least two upper level courses (300/400) in the major
  • Fill out the Internship Description Form and get it signed by your supervisor
  • Turn the completed form into Dr. Dehlinger

Once the department verifies that you meet the requirements, you will get an email indicating that you have been authorized to register

For CS & IS majors:  COSC/CIS 397 may be taken twice; it can count once as an elective in the major and then count the second time for general credit toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

For IT majors:  ITEC 397 may be taken twice, both of which may count toward the total number of hours required for the degree.

For more information the internship courses (COSC 397, CIS 397, ITEC 397) e-mail 


Graduate Assistantships

The following is a draft of the procedure required by the Graduate School for approving a graduate student as Teaching Assistant.

Graduate Teaching Assistant(GTA) Duties and Responsibilities

We will have two types of GTA's:

Type 1: Lab GTA

A lab GTA will be responsible for 8 hours of lab instruction per week. Lab GTA's will grade and supervise the lab work. The professor assigned to the course will be responsible for final grading of the course.

Type 2: Teaching GTA

A teaching GTA will be responsible for 6 hours of teaching/lab perweek. The teaching GTA will be responsible for lecture/lab and grading of the course(s) assigned to him/her.

Lab GTA's will be assigned to monitor/teach the lab portion of the service courses such as 101, 115, 109, 111 and 165.
Teaching GTA's will be assigned to teach any of our service courses.
Lab GTA's will attend 8 hours of lab, will have 2 hours of posted office hours and will spend 5 to 8 hours per week on preparation and grading of lab assignments.

Teaching GTA's will have 6 hours per week lecture and or lab responsibility, 2 hours of posted office hours and 7 to 10 hours preparation for the courses assigned to them, as well as grading.
The students and faculty will evaluate the GTA. In case of a lab assistant, the professor who is in charge of the lecture part of the course will be responsible for evaluating the lab assistant. In the case of a teaching assistant, the department chair or his/her delegate will visit the TA class at least once every semester and prepare a written evaluation report.

The lab assistant will be trained by the lab manager and the professor in charge of the lecture at least a week before classes start.

Teaching assistants will be asked to attend a half-day seminar given by professors who are in charge of coordination of the service courses taught by the assistant. In addition to this half-day seminar, new teaching assistants will be given a prepared course syllabus, lab and homework assignments, as well as exams from the previous semester.

In addition to the evaluation procedures, specified in part 6, the graduate director will be monitoring the TA's work in the classroom and lab and will provide the department chair with his/her evaluation and progress.

Requirements for GTA

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • graduate student standing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher for a teaching assistantship, preference will be given to those who already have a master's degree in a related field

Selection process

Candidates will be asked to apply for GTA positions in the spring semester to be awarded for the following year.

The applicant must provide the following:

  • the graduate application form approved by the Graduate School
  • a vita
  • 2 letters of recommendation stating the applicant's ability to teach and the applicant's oral and written communication skills
  • a copy of the applicant's TSU transcript
  • the selection of GTA's will be consistent with the University's fair practice policies for non-discrimination

Research Assistantships

Some faculty in the department have grants which provide research assistantships (RAs) to students. At this point these positions are managed by individual faculty and it is up to them to define a selection criteria. The RAs and TAs both must be approved by the graduate school and uses same forms for processing.

Other Assistantships

There are other facilities which provide financial aid to students. Academic computing facilities, Library, Graduate school, and other such departments also need student help from computer science graduates. These positions are managed by themselves and students can find more information from graduate school and placement office.

Recommended Guidelines for Research and Teaching Assistants

Minimum Qualifications

  • Effective communication skills
  • Admitted to the Graduate Program and has completed all prerequisites to the program.

Duties and Expectations

Students may be given half-time or full-time lab assistantship position. A half-time assistant is expected to attend 4 hours of lab and have 2 hours of tutoring in the lab each week. The assistant is also to help grading lab papers.

Duties for full-time lab assistant will be 8 hours of lab and 4 hours of tutoring per week, in addition to grading lab papers.

Supervision and Evaluation

Professors who teach the lecture part of the course will be the lab assistant supervisor and solely responsible for the student evaluation and grading. At the end of each semester, students in the course, as well as the professor teaching the course, will evaluate the lab assistant.

Courses for which lab assistants may be used include:
COSC 109, COSC 111, COSC 236, COSC 237, COSC 280, COSC 501, and others.

Compensation

Half-time Lab Assistant = 10 hours per week
Up to 6 credit hours of tuition waiver for each semester
$1000 stipend for each semester
Full-time Lab Assistant = 20 hours per week
Up to 12 credit hours of tuition waiver for each semester
$2000 stipend for each semester.

All assistantship candidates will qualify for the Maryland in-state tuition.

Application Process

Assistantships will be selected each semester.  The selection criteria will be based on GPA, two recommendations and their communication skills. Once an assistantship is given to a candidate, it will be renewed automatically each semester unless the student's GPA falls below the graduate school requirements. The students who are already awarded assistantships will not enter into the new pool of applicants. Only vacated slots of assistantships will be filled each semester.  Each semester, the graduate program director will advertise for the possible slots open in the department.

Contact / Send e-mail inquiry to:

Dr. Yanggon Kim, COSC COSC Graduate Assistantships Coordinator,