Are you interested in design; and in understanding people’s needs in order to design objects that improve their experiences? Do you enjoy working with youth and seek to practice teaching and leadership in a supportive, hands-on context?

The College Prep Program, in partnership with Professor Audra Hubbell of the Sam Fox School, is currently seeking creative, enthusiastic Teaching Assistants to lead high school scholars through a three-week, human-centered design thinking course challenge!

Design Thinking Teaching Assistant applications have been extended through April 16, 2021 11:59PM CT. Students from all schools are encouraged to apply. No previous design experience necessary.

Please see the description below to find out more about this exciting role! For questions regarding the Teaching Assistant position, contact Sam Fox School Senior Lecturer, Audra Hubbell at

Design Thinking Course Overview

In the summer of 2015, Professors Heather Corcoran – Professor of Design, and Liz Kramer – Assistant Director in the Office for Socially Engaged Practice, purposed the Design Thinking course with College Prep scholars in mind. Along with a guiding, hands-on professor, Teaching Assistants work in partnership with the College Prep Program to teach program scholars the basics of design thinking—an experiential, visually oriented process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions to problems.

The primary role of the Design Thinking TA is to provide teaching/programmatic support and to independently guide a group of 5-6 high school scholars through the iterative design process. Students will conduct observations and interviews to learn about people’s needs, define a design brief, brainstorm and develop ideas, make models, evaluate prototypes with users, and create a final concept presentation.

Design Thinking Senior Lecturer, Audra Hubbell guides and supports the process throughout, and TAs take on an involved teaching role as facilitators of each student team. TAs will also evaluate student progress and will deliver one group lecture.

Teaching Assistant Requirements

Teaching assistants will work 10-15 hours/week, Monday – Thursday mornings, June 14 – July 2, 2021. When in-person, some afternoons and evenings are required. Training for Teaching Assistants will be held in the weeks prior to Summer Academy. This position is a great paid supplement to a summer internship or summer course in St. Louis.

Successful candidates must:

  • Complete a background check and supplemental minors on campus training.
  • Engage in behavior consistent with the University’s Community Principles and Policies and must abide by and uphold University regulations, as well as state and federal law.
  • Maintain confidentiality and complete expectations as assigned by the College Prep Leadership Team.
  • Work proactively in a structured environment serving as a mentor and role model to scholars.


$12.65/ part-time hourly wage (non-exempt and non-benefits eligible)


Design Thinking Teaching Assistant applications are currently closed. For more information about this position, contact Sam Fox School Senior Lecturer, Audra Hubbell at