2014-2015 GSA Position with GO-MAP

Deadline: June 4, 2014
Appointment Period: Position requires a one academic year commitment from September 16, 2014 to June 15, 2015.

Eligibility: University of Washington graduate students enrolled full-time (minimum of 10 credits per quarter) as of Autumn 2014. Please note that graduate students enrolled in self-sustaining/fee-based programs are not eligible for consideration.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is a unit of The Graduate School/Dean’s Office and works with the University to provide an innovative and inclusive graduate student community and experience. GO-MAP takes a leadership role in the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority and underrepresented students, building community on and off campus, while enhancing scholarship and research. By providing opportunities for students to learn and grow through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic and racial diversity, GO-MAP simultaneously enriches the environment for all students.

GO-MAP is seeking a GSA who will be a member of a highly collaborative team that will serve a primary role in the overall coordination and implementation of programs and events that support outreach and recruitment; retention and professional development; and Graduate School Advancement initiatives focused on diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Event Planning
    • GO-MAP hosts various events on a quarterly basis. Tasks include developing and monitoring project
      management lists, making room and catering reservations, coordinating guest speakers and volunteers, and other event related duties as needed.
  • Communications and Marketing Efforts
    • Communication efforts to students and the campus community are vital in GO-MAP’s programming and success. Tasks include developing targeted marketing strategies for events and programming using online tools and print; assisting in building an online presence.
  • Data Processing and Analysis
    • Considerable data collection is essential to GO-MAP and The Graduate School. Collection and processing of enrollment, event, and programming data to inform and assess trends, effectiveness and new initiative developments are required.
  • Other Duties as Needed
    • GO-MAP has built strong relationships with students and departments across campus. Tasks include serving as a liaison to GO-MAP student groups such as the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) and the Graduate Diversity Ambassadors (GDAs), including organizing and leading meetings as needed; providing office coverage and answering phones and responding to general GO-MAP emails; attending weekly staff meetings.

Requirements:

  • University of Washington graduate student enrolled full-time (minimum of 10 credits per quarter) as of Autumn 2014. Please note that graduate students enrolled in self-sustaining /fee-based programs are not eligible for consideration;
  • Work approximately 20 hours a week (schedule negotiable on a quarterly basis and as duties dictate);
  • Experience and interest working with diverse campus and community populations, particularly ethnic minority groups;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Highly organized, motivated individual that shows initiative;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting;
  • Availability to work minimal evenings and occasional weekends.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in creating communication materials (flyers, event programs, newsletters, etc.);
  • Knowledge of social media and website maintenance;
  • Videography abilities;
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting;
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).

Salary and Benefits

  • Compensation is at the GSA level for which the student is eligible. The UW’s policy regarding graduate student service appointments is set forth in detail in Executive Order 28. The basic monthly stipend and health benefits associated with student service appointments can be found using the following link: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/assistantships.shtml

Application Process
Submit a resume/CV and a cover letter addressed to Cynthia Morales describing your qualifications, experiences and skills that meet the needs of this position by 5 PM on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 to vannyi@uw.edu.

Luce Scholars Program Information Sessions

Campus application deadline: September 10, 2014

Rising seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students at UW are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program (http://www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx). This is great opportunity for those with little or no prior experience in, or education about, Asian countries to add this valuable perspective to their future career interests!

The UW is able to nominate 3 students per year to compete nationally for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

During the current application cycle for the 2015-16 program, applicants must be American citizens who, by July 1, 2015, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. (Eligibility criteria are set by the Henry Luce Foundation; additional details are provided in the Program Summary below.)

Information sessions covering the program basics, application and nomination process will be held:

Campus application deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2014

UW application and information at: http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=luce

Luce Scholars Program Advisers at UW:

  • For graduate students or alumni – Marilyn Gray, megray@uw.edu, G-1 Communications
  • For undergraduate students or alumni – Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu, 171 Mary Gates Hall

Program Summary:

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. Past placements have included an architect’s atelier in Tokyo; a public health program in Banda Aceh; a Gobi regional initiative in Ulaanbaatar; a dance theatre in Kuala Lumpur; an agricultural and environmental center in Hanoi; a human rights commission in Seoul; a pediatric hospital in Bangkok; a TV network in Beijing; a national museum in Siem Reap; an international arbitration centre in Singapore; and English-language newspapers, local governmental agencies and NGOs in diverse fields throughout East and Southeast Asia.

Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

UW’s recent Luce Scholars:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $32,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered.  For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage students to consider applying for this fellowship.

Seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school can apply now and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend. This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2015.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines range from early- to mid-November, 2014. Students are encouraged to start early on this process.

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
  • US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
  • students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
  • students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
  • graduating senior undergraduates and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2015

Additional details are available at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/.

Please feel free to contact us for questions and application support, based on your student status:

For graduate and professional students:

For undergraduate students or alumni:

Summer 2014 RA Position at the Center on Reinventing Public Education

Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
Notification: May 30, 2014
Start Date: June 23, 2014

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is a research center at the University of Washington
Bothell. The Center engages in research and analysis aimed at developing focused, effective and
accountable schools in urban areas and systems that support them. The Center’s work seeks to inform
community leaders, policy makers, school and school system leaders and the research community. The
Center pursues a national program of research and development on policy proposals such as charter
schools, school contracting, equitable district budgeting policies, choice, and school system
decentralization. It also conducts research into reform initiatives in Washington State and the Seattle
Public Schools. More information on our work is available at http://www.crpe.org.

CRPE is seeking a Research Assistant for the 2014 Summer Quarter, with the potential for continued
employment, depending on funding and performance.
Location: CRPE is located in an off-campus office in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood (a short
bus trip from the Seattle Campus and accessible with University Transit Service).

Project: The CRPE Research Assistant will support a research project that examines the characteristics and
implications of different governance arrangements in urban areas where parents can choose to send their
children to a range of publically funded schools, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and,
in some cases, voucher schools. The array of school choice in these cities raises important questions
about how to oversee and support public education when it is coproduced by many different
organizations. The project uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine governance
models in a variety of cities with the goal of better understanding how government can productively
oversee and support a dynamic system of publically funded schools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Assisting with administrative project tasks, specifically:
    • Building quantitative dataset using public and confidential data (e.g., student
    • achievement data, data on school choice and governance)
    • Building qualitative dataset using confidential interview data
    • Creating and maintaining documentation on datasets and procedures
    • Assisting staff with IRB and data licensing requirements
    • Analyzing quantitative data from various sources using advanced correlational techniques
    • (e.g., logistic regression, time series analyses)
    • Assisting staff in generating reports, tables, and graphical displays
  • Assisting with research papers, presentations and analyses, specifically:
    • Conducting literature reviews
    • Providing accurate references and methodology descriptions for research papers
    • Analyzing data using regression analysis
    • Creating presentation slides using PowerPoint software
  • Other duties as assigned

The Research Assistant will report to Dr. Betheny Gross, CRPE Research Director & Sr. Research
Analyst, and will consult closely with the Center’s research staff.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a UW student currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in Political
    Science, Policy Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Education, or other related field.

Additional minimum requirements:

  • Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills, at least one year of demonstrated research experience, a minimum of two years of advanced-level experience with SAS, STATA or other similar data analysis software, and familiarity with Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Also required are excellent written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Some background in education policy is preferred.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and CV/resume to: Allison Saville at asaville@u.washington.edu by COB
Friday 5/16/14. Please include “CRPE RA APPLICATION” in the subject line.

Fall 2014 TA Position, Program on the Environment

Deadline:  Submit your application materials by May 15, 2014.

Course Name:  ENVIR 100 Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations
Employment Period:  9/16/2014 to 12/15/2014
Position Description:  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.

PoE will hire two Teaching Assistants for ENVIR 100. The TA’s will each lead three sections total (sections meet on either Mondays or Wednesdays). The TA’s will also assist the instructor with mentoring an undergraduate Peer TA, who will lead one discussion section.

Course Schedule:  Lecture:  TTh 2:30-3:50, Discussion Sections: M or W various times

TA responsibilities include:

  • attending all lectures
  •  running three discussion sections, each meeting once a week for two hours
  • evaluating student work
  • arranging lecture and discussion logistics and activities, and preparing course materialsadditional course-specific requirements of the instructors

Requirements:

  • 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

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

Compensation: This is a GSA position governed by the UAW contract paid in accordance with 2013-2014 TA/RA/SA salary schedules (see:  http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/salary-schedules.shtml)

To Apply:  Go to URL https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/acorboy/31956 and follow instructions. Contact Ann Corboy acorboy@uw.edu if you have any difficulties applying.

Required application materials:

  • Current CV/resume, no more than 2 pages worth of text;
  • Two references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities;
  • 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.
ENVIR 100 Course Description:This course will introduce the 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.

Teaching Assistant – HCID 541 – Summer 2014

Deadline: May 27, 2014
Start Date: 6/16/2014
End Date: 8/31/2014

The cross-disciplinary DUB unit is looking for a teaching assistant to
support HCID 541, Capstone Studio and HCID 590, Dub Seminar, both of
which are part of the interdisciplinary Master of Human-Computer
Interaction and Design
degree.

HCID 541 is a nine-credit studio course in which the 30 MHCID students will
work on team-based Capstone projects focused on completing design,
prototyping and user evaluations for end-to-end technology design projects.
The final 9‐week intensive summer course will give students an opportunity
to apply and demonstrate a cohesive design approach bringing together
concepts taught and mastered in the three previous quarters to deliver a
comprehensive industry relevant project and portfolio presentation.
Projects will include front-end design discovery research, concept
development, prototyping, evaluation, and refinement to deliver a final
design solution in a domain that is a current problem space for industry
focus.

This TA also supports HCID 590, the DUB Seminar, a one-credit weekly
speaker series, with primary responsibility for video recording the
speakers and downloading the video files, organizing topics and
assignments, conducting on-line discussion boards, reviewing student
papers. Seminar speaker selection is not the responsibility of this TA.

This TA must attend classes: Mondays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Wednesdays
from 12:00 to 5:00 pm during Summer Quarter, 2014.

This position will average 24 hours per week and TA must attend all
classes, as well as scheduled appointments to provide feedback and review
sessions with individual student teams each week, both in person and
virtually. Responsibilities may include some or all of the following
duties:
communication and coordinate with industry sponsor professionals,
coordinate guest speakers for HCID 541, conduct section meetings, prepare
and grade assignments, prepare test questions, proctor and score exams,
maintain grading records, prepare and maintain course attendance records,
calculate quarter grades, request student assessments for course, attend
lectures, hold regular office hours, tutor students, manage and respond to
course-related e-mail, prepare and maintain webpage for course materials,
develop and maintain online communications, discussion sites, etc., attend
instructor/TA meetings, act as liaison between student and professor,
prepare and present lecture materials, prepare handout materials, review
literature, place course materials on library reserve, facilitate
discussions, hold extra review sessions for exams, obtain room for review
sessions, request or acquire necessary equipment.

Requirements

  • Total work as a TA may not exceed 100% FTE. Please note this is a 60% FTE position requiring 24 hours per week.
  • Demonstrated expertise in user research, user interface evaluation, interactive design or project management
  • Familiarity with desktop, web, and mobile user interfaces
  • Excellent communication and critique skills in giving constructive feedback to student project teams
  • Ability to arrive on time, prepared to contribute, and attentive to shifting needs in the moment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enjoy tutoring students and helping students to excel in design, human computer interaction, information science, writing and/or presentation
  • Excellent research, technology, design, writing and presentation skills, including posters and slide presentations
  • Experience with UW Canvas Learning Management System

Salary is based on Regular Salary Schedule
#1
for 75% FTE and includes tuition waiver of at least Tier 1 Resident level. There is a Summer Supplement of 20% since there are fewer pay periods during a Summer Quarter. The position is eligible for insurance. At this time, the monthly salary for June would be: $1,678 X 1.2 = $2,014 for 60% FTE; X 1.2 for Summer supplement = $2,416/mo. Please note that a negotiated salary increase of 2% is anticipated as of July 1, 2014.

To apply

  • Please include a cover letter describing your interest in and background relevant to this particular position and a current resume or CV.
  • Submit all applications materials to this dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/mglarson/31994
  • Applications are due by 11:45 pm on May 27, 2014.

If you have questions, contact Mary G. Larson, mglarson@uw.edu, 206-543-0576.

Washington State Labor Research Grant

Deadline: June 23, 2014

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies seeks proposals from University of Washington faculty for policy-oriented research on aspects of labor directly relevant to policy makers in Washington State. Grants are also available to UW graduate students who are sponsored by a faculty member.

Between $7,500-$13,000 is available for this grant. The full amount is sufficient to cover the salary and benefits cost of a quarterly R.A. appointment.

Topically, priority will go to work that examines:

  • Aspects of labor force employment, wages, conditions (including health and pension benefits), and/or unionization
  • Local policies to ameliorate the impacts of trade, outsourcing, off-shoring subcontracting, or technology
  • Policies of unions and professional organizations to expand or preserve marketable skills and quality production
  • Problems facing contingent or casual workers and employment related aspects of poverty and/or discrimination
  • Historical work that has direct impact upon contemporary policy
  • International case studies and/or comparative research relevant to Washington State

More information, including descriptions of past funded research, is available at http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/resources-wa-state.html

Required Application Materials

Proposals must:

  • Indicate the significance of the investigation to Washington State
  • Summarize the state of current research and debate
  • Explain the method of investigation and progress (if any) to date
  • Include a timeline that demonstrates the capacity to finalize a report by August 2016

Submit proposals as email attachments (max. length 1500 words exclusive of timeline, budget and CV). Be sure to include your contact information, including email, mailing addresses, and phone number.

Submit applications to:
Andrew Hedden, Program Coordinator
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
University of Washington, Box 353530 Seattle, WA 98195-3530
hbcls@u.washington.edu

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Research Grants

Deadline: June 16, 2014

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies seeks proposals from University of Washington graduate students for grants of $1,500-$2,500, for research about work, workers, and their organizations.
Research may focus on any dimension of labor in the United States or abroad, including but not limited to class relations, the social conditions of work, the labor process, working-class culture or politics, work and gender, work and race/ethnicity, the relationship between labor and the state, unions, or comparative international labor relations.

Applicants must demonstrate the significance of their proposed research to the interdisciplinary field of labor studies. Proposals must indicate how the research is likely to generate important new information, interpretations, scholarly resources, and contributions to the applicant’s field.

For information on the grants, contact the Center for Labor Studies at pcls@u.washington.edu or visit http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/resources-grants-individual.html

Who is eligible

  • Any graduate student who is currently enrolled and will be enrolled the upcoming academic year (2014-2015)
  • Graduate students at all branches of the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma)

Required Application Materials

  • A proposal which should not exceed 1000 words or 4 double-spaced, typed pages (12 pt. font)
  • A brief cover letter
  • A separate budget detailing how the requested funds would be spent and, if applicable, how this support would supplement other funds, fellowships, and grants
  • A brief letter of faculty support to accompany each application
  • Contact information, including email, mailing addresses, and phone number

Deadline for submission is Monday, June 16, 2014.

Please submit applications to:
Andrew Hedden, Program Coordinator
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
University of Washington, Box 353530
pcls@u.washington.edu

 

Martha H. Duggan Fellowship in Caring Labor
Up to $10,000 for Graduate Students, Deadline: June 16, 2014
Created in 2004 to honor Martha H. Duggan, who provided essential support to her husband and fellow labor movement activist Robert Duggan as he pursued his law degree, this fellowship recognizes the contributions of caring labor to society. It is awarded to a student in any field whose work focuses on labor. Priority is given to students who are studying caring labor; have provided caring labor themselves; or are assisting a partner or other family member as they pursue higher education.

Samuel B. Bassett Scholarship
Up to $5,500 for Graduate Students, Deadline: June 16, 2014
Established to memorialize Samuel Bassett, a Seattle labor lawyer whose career included defending the IWW, civil rights, civil liberties and other progressive causes. The scholarship is for students planning to pursue a career in labor relations.

Labor and Employment Relations Association Scholarship
$1,000 for Graduate Students, Deadline: June 16, 2014
Devoted to the encouragement of research in all aspects of the field of labor studies, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) generously funds an annual $1,000 scholarship for students who are committed to pursing a profession in labor and/or labor management.

Best Graduate Paper in Labor Studies
$250 for Graduate Students, Deadline: June 16, 2014
Each year, the Bridges Center awards $250 to the best graduate paper written on a labor-related topic during the current academic year (2013-2014). Papers may focus on any dimension of United States or international labor, including class relations, social conditions, working-class culture or politics, work and gender, work and race/ethnicity, unions, and comparative labor relations.
For information on these awards, application processes, required application materials, and more, visit http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/resources.html

Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships

Fund your research and professional development in Australia!

Applications Deadline: June 30, 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that provides up to AU$272,500 for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to AU$272,500 for eligible non-Australians, including Americans and Canadians, to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four (4) years.

Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to AU$24,500 for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake 4-6 months of research in Australia.

Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to AU$18,500 professional development opportunities of (1 to 4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.

For more information or to apply, visit http://orau.org/endeavourscholarships

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are marketed in the U.S. and Canada by ORAU on behalf of the Australian Government.

Summer 2014 TA Position: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

MUST Apply via HuskyJobs
Job ID#: 77486
Closes On: 4 April, 2014
Salary: Based on standard UW rates determined by student standing.

The College of the Environment is seeking a Teaching Assistant for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) “Classroom in the Field.” The program is housed at the University of Washington, but draws undergraduate students from across the nation. This is an outstanding opportunity for a graduate student in conservation or related fields who plans to pursue a career in teaching, outreach and/or community engagement. This summer course spans 23 Jun 2014 to 15 Aug 2014. However, TA responsibilities span 2 Jun to 29 Aug (13 weeks; see below).

Teaching team:

  • Instructor: Sean M. Watts, Director, DDCSP@UW;
  • Student Services Coordinator: Leah C. Quinn;
  • Co-Instructor: TBD;
  • Teaching Assistant: TBD

Course Description:

The Classroom in the Field is the initial course of a transformative, 3-year summer immersion program to increase participation of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in conservation. In this 8-week course scholars will explore five iconic Pacific Northwest landscapes and learn about the diversity of issues facing today’s conservation community. Our ultimate vision is to shift the demographic landscape at major conservation institutions to more accurately reflect the multicultural and multiethnic society of today and tomorrow. We envision tightly-bonded cohorts from a wide range of socio-cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds entering the workforce and redefining conservation in their own image.

The Classroom in the Field has an urban-wild-urban format. We begin in Seattle by investigating the ways four themes (biodiversity, water, food and climate) are expressed in green spaces, urban farms, water supply and climate. We then expand investigation of these themes to the contrasting ecosystems of our four field sites: Olympic Natural Resources Center, North Cascades Institute, Moses Coulee Field Station, and Pack Forest Experimental Station. In the final week we return to Seattle to synthesize insights and experiences across the wild-urban continuum and discuss how to apply the knowledge and skills the students have gained to projects at their home institutions and in their communities.

Course Schedule and TA Responsibilities:

The TA will be responsible for at least 220 hours of course-related work allocated between 2 Jun and 29 Aug. However, due to the full immersion format of the course, the total time committed may be up to 275 hours. Additional hourly compensation will be made for any work in excess of 220 hours; travel time is not compensated.

  • 2 – 22 Jun Pre-course development (10-15hr/wk)
  • 23 Jun – 11 Jul Three weeks in Seattle and surrounding areas (20-25hr/wk)
  • 13 Jul – 9 Aug Four weeks traveling to field sites across the state (30-35hr/wk) *
  • 11 – 16 Aug Wrap-up week in Seattle (20-25hr/wk)
  • 16-29 Aug Post-course evaluation (10-15hr/wk)

* Note: The teaching team will be in the field and housed with the group from 13 Jul to 10 Aug (room and board is provided). During this field period we will have internet/cell access for most of the time and we will have at least one “down day” per week in Seattle.

The primary duties of the TA will be: grading exercises and exams, co-leading discussions, labs and field exercises. There will be additional course-specific duties as required by the instruction team, which may include helping managing electronic resources, meeting with students, supporting program evaluation and reporting and creating (formally or informally) a positive learning environment for students.

Requirements:

  • Candidates from all disciplines are welcome
  • Strong background in fundamentals of conservation science and/or diversity & inclusion
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Previous teaching (TA) experience (field and/or experiential learning courses preferred)
  • Currently registered UW graduate student
  • Eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Safe driving record and the ability to safely drive a van long distances across varying terrain

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

Compensation: Based on standard UW rates determined by student standing

Applicants should submit:

  • Current CV/resume;
  • Two references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities and work in a field setting;
  • Cover Letter, no more than 2 pages of text, stating what strengths you would bring to serving as a teaching assistant in an interdisciplinary, field course focused on the intersection of conservation and diversity, 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 4 April 2014. Notification by 9 May 2014.