Tuesday, August 5, 2008

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Fish 522 (Autumn 2008)

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences anticipates a part-time, temporary Teaching Assistantship will be available in the following course from mid/late August through December 15th, 2008. The position will be at 50% FTE from hire date until 9/15 (either TA’ship or hourly position, depending upon student’s situation) and then be at 25% FTE from 9/16-12/15/08. This position can be added on top of 50% student funding already in place (as long as student’s major professor approved) or, if the student has no other funding, the position will either be a Schedule 2 TA or an hourly position. The precise arrangement will be mutually agreed upon by the top candidate and the department.

Course Information:
Course Number and Name: Fish 522: Hot Topics in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Quarter Offered: Autumn 2008
Instructor Name: Dr. David Armstrong
Day and Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:20

Course Website: Fish 522

TA responsibilities include:

  • TAs at 50% FTE should expect to average approximately 20 hours/week (220 hours/quarter). This hourly expectation will be prorated based on percentage effort.
  • Autumn appointments run until Dec. 15th, although if course responsibilities extend after December 15th, TAs should expect to participate (i.e., grading final projects.)
  • Manage scheduling of SAFS faculty into weekly discussion sessions
  • Support guest faculty needs for projector and other classroom operations
  • Work to make sure readings are posted on course website in a timely manner
  • Management of class website
  • Creation and management of class email list
  • Moderate/manage discussion forum for course
  • Maintenance of regular office hours (two hours a week)
  • Development and management of class website with syllabus, e-reserves, supplemental readings, etc.
  • Lead classroom discussions occasionally, as assigned.
  • Academic standing as a UW Graduate Student and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Availability for full appointment timeframe (approximately August 25 – December 15)
  • Participation in both the UW Teaching Assistant Conference and the COFS Practical TA Training in mid-late September 2008
  • Teaching or TA experience
  • Familiarity with SAFS faculty and research programs
  • Familiarity with Catalyst Tools
Application Process:

Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessments will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

In the cover letter assessment, please:
  • identify strengths you would bring to this position;
  • include your background and abilities directly related to this specific course;
  • contact information for 2-3 references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching and/or research abilities.
Preference will be given to applications received by Monday, August 11, 2008. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Decisions and notification to all applicants will be communicated by Friday, August 22, 2008.