Welcome to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii.
You have been awarded a teaching assistantship (TA), which is a good opportunity to develop teaching and professional skills. Being a good teacher requires a solid understanding of technical material so that you can
- Clearly explain it to a novice
- Mentor students through their laboratory assignments
- Have productive discussions with the professor teaching the course
- Relate it to other fields when appropriate
Developing teaching ability is a continuous process that requires the willingness to change, and the investment of time.
If you wish to pursue an academic faculty position, the TA experience will prove invaluable. If you wish to pursue a career as an engineer, the communication and interpersonal skills you develop become increasingly important as you advance to more responsible positions.
Serving as a TA will be a challenging but rewarding experience.