Monday, March 29, 2010

Program on the Environment - Teaching Assistant

Program on the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a Teaching Assistant, ENVIR 100.

Autumn 2010, 09/16/2010 to 12/15/2010
Winter 2011, 12/16/2010 to 3/15/2011

The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing undergraduate education in environmental studies. ENVIR 100 is the gateway course to the Environmental Studies major and is the first in a 4-quarter series of classes required of all ENVIR majors and minors. This course is open to all undergraduates.

ENVIR 100 Course Description:
This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. The distinguishing feature of the course is that it will present the development and application of fundamental concepts from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences toward a spectrum of environmental issues. Hence, the course will both contribute to the educational goals of providing students with experience in interdisciplinary approaches, while complementing and laying the foundation for students to explore an array of more advanced courses focused on environmental sciences, policy, and humanities. The course will introduce students to the development of environmental ideas through classic and current literature that addresses the events and people that have influenced the ethical, political, social, and scientific dimensions of studying the environment.

The TA will lead three sections total. (Sections meet on either Tuesdays or Thursdays.) TA will also assist the instructors with mentoring the 2 undergraduate Peer TAs, who will each lead one discussion section.

Course Information:
Course Number and Name: ENVIR 100: Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations Quarter Offered: Autumn 2010 and Winter 2011
Instructors: Tom Hinckley, College of Forest Resources, and Yoram Bauman, Program on the Environment (Ph.D. in Economics) Course Website:

Course Schedule:
Autumn 2010
Lecture: MWF 9:30-10:20
Discussion Sections: TBD
Winter 2011 TBD

TA responsibilities include:
# Attending all lectures
# Running three discussion sections, each meeting once a week for 1-2 hours
# Grading
# Arranging lecture and discussion logistics and activities, and preparing course materials Additional course-specific requirements of the instructors
# Academic standing as a UW Graduate Student and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.
# Availability for full appointment timeframe.
# Previous college teaching experience.
# Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
# Current graduate students who can bring their interdisciplinary experience and perspective to environmental education.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Condition of Employment:
# Currently registered UW graduate student
# Compensation: Based on standard UW rates determined by student standing

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Salary information:
This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: UW/UAW Contract Preamble.

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.

Applicants should submit:
(1) Current CV/resume, no more than 2 pages worth of text;
(2) Two to three references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities;
(3) Cover Letter Assessment, no more than 2 pages worth of text, stating what strengths you would bring to serving as a teaching assistant in an interdisciplinary environmental studies course, as well as your strengths and background relevant to the specific activities outlined in the position and course description.

Application Timeline:
Application review begins immediately. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

For priority consideration, apply by: April 7, 2010
Notification: April 20, 2010
Acceptance: April 23, 2010