Monday, November 1, 2010

UW Position -- Program on the Environment

Predoctoral Instructor, Program on the Environment

Requisition Number 69028

Winter 2011, 1/03/2011 to 3/18/2011
Spring 2011, 3/28/2011 to 6/10/2011

Program on the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a Predoctoral Instructor.

Winter 2011, 12/16/011 to 3/15/2011
Spring 2011, 3/16/2011 to 6/15/2011

The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing undergraduate education in environmental studies. A central focus of the major is skill in reading and writing within scholarly frameworks used by practitioners, including those prevalent in humanities, in policy, and in natural science. The core course Environmental Studies: Communication and Information (ENVIR 200) is explicitly structured to achieve these goals.

PoE seeks a Predoctoral Instructor to teach sections of Environmental Studies: Communication and Information Winter and Spring quarters 2011.

Course Information:
Quarters Offered:
Autumn, Winter, Spring

Course and Concept Description:
ENVIR 200 is a writing-intensive class in which students compose three essays, each using the conventions of a different disciplinary framework, and each focusing on a different environmental issue or problem.

One of the primary learning goals of the course is to ensure that Environmental Studies students are exposed to and practice the writing, communications, and secondary research skills needed in the analysis of multifaceted environmental issues. Explicitly designed as a skill-building seminar, ENVIR 200 also prepares students for upper-division coursework, and specifically for an individualized and scholarly exploration of the environment (capstone senior project).

Enrollment is capped at 26 students, allowing the instructor to meet with each student and provide individualized feedback. A commitment to active learning shapes the organization of ENVIR 200: students learn not only by receiving direction from the instructor, but also by practicing skills in workshops and peer writing groups.

Because ENVIR 200 is offered multiple times each year, the structure, assignments and evaluation techniques, amount of required reading, and grading rubrics, are all standardized across offerings. Creativity and the chance to add personal expertise are inserted in the choice of environmental issue within each of the three course sections. To insure that new ideas, teaching techniques, and content innovation are facilitated, instructors meet on a regular basis (at least quarterly) in teaching retreats.

For more information about ENVIR 200, see:

Course Schedule:
Winter 2011:
10:30-12:20 MW, 10:30-11:20 F
2:30-4:20 MW, 2:30-3:20 F

Spring 2011: TBD

Responsibilities include:
- Cover required readings in class
- Conduct writing workshops
- Organize research workshops
- Create assignments (longer papers and daily homework)
- Hold writing conferences
- Locate supplemental materials to aid in teaching required texts
- Provide feedback on student work
- Maintain records and grades
- Hold office hours
- Maintain a class Catalyst website

- Academic standing as a UW Graduate Student and eligibility to hold a Predoctoral Instructor position
- Must register for 10 credits during the quarters appointed
- Availability for full appointment timeframe
- Advanced Ph.D. candidate, preferably in English, Comparative Literature, or related field
- 3 years minimum of university-level teaching experience
- An interdisciplinary background and knowledge of scholarly methods and tools across a range of disciplines
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

- Experience in writing and/or teaching writing in the humanities, in policy, and in natural science
- Experience in writing and/or teaching writing focusing on environmental issues or problems

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 or three references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities
(3) Cover Letter, no more than 2 pages worth of text stating what strengths you would bring to serving as a Predoctoral Instructor 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. Address to Julia Parrish, Director, Program on the Environment.

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

For priority consideration, apply by: November 3, 2010
Notification: November 12, 2010
Acceptance: November 15, 2010
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or