Thursday, February 10, 2011

TA-ship ENVIR 300

Teaching Assistant, ENVIR 300: Environmental Decision Making Spring Quarter 2011
Req #: 71527
The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing undergraduate education in environmental studies. ENVIR 300 is a core course required for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Environmental Studies.

Course Information:
Instructors: Elizabeth Wheat & Jessica Kleiss, Program on the Environment Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows

Course Schedule: T/Th, 9:30-11:30 AM

Course Description: A significant feature of this course is its interdisciplinary approach to thinking about facts and values. This course will draw from a range of natural and social science disciplines to address environmental issues, as highlighted in specific, place-based cases. Students will learn how data from the social and natural sciences are utilized when environmental decisions are made. This course will focus on the distinction and entanglement of facts and values in environmental decision making. The word facts refers to empirical, “universally valid” knowledge about the world. Values indicate the system of beliefs, morals, and opinions of an individual or social group. We will work our way through local, regional, national, and international environmental cases. Through the lens of these cases students will come to better understand how facts and values are intermingled in environmental decisions.

TA Responsibilities:
The TA will be responsible for approximately 20hrs of work per week related to the course. The primary duties of the TA will be: grading papers and leading discussion section. There will be additional course-specific duties as required by the instructors which may include helping managing electronic resources, meeting with students, and creating formally or informally a positive learning environment for students.

-Academic standing as a UW Graduate Student and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.
-Previous teaching experience.
-Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

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

-Candidates from all disciplines are welcome.

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