Summer 2014 TA Position: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

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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.

Workshop at UW: Find Funding for your Education

Two “Foundation Grants to Individuals” workshops will be held on the UW Seattle campus on Wed April 9th and Thurs April 10th from 1:30 – 3:30pm in OUGL Learning Studio Room 102. Information covered will be applicable to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Only 30 computers are available in each session so students will need to RSVP.

Please contact Barbara Petite at bpetite@uw.edu to reserve a seat or ask a question.

Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Individual Engagement Grants Committee invite you to submit and review proposals for community-led experiments to improve Wikimedia!

Individual Engagement Grants support individuals and small teams to organize projects for 6 months. You can get funding to turn your idea for improving Wikimedia projects into action, with a grant for online community organizing, outreach and partnerships, tool-building, or research. Funding is available for a few hundred dollars up to $30,000.

Proposals for this round are due 31 March 2014:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

Some examples of projects we’ve funded in the past:

You can read more on the WMF blog: https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/

Spring 2014 TA Positions in Human-Computer Interaction + Design

Deadline: March 9, 2014, 11:45pm

The Masters in Human-Computer Interaction + Design program, MHCI+D, is looking to hire two graduate students as teaching assistants for courses being offered in Spring 2014 quarter.

The courses are:

  • HCID 530: a three-credit lecture-based course about the foundational skills of *user research and user evaluations in human-computer interaction.* Taught by Sarah Fuelling. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:50 pm. This TA also supports the dub Seminar, HCID 590, which meets Wednesdays, noon to 1:20 pm.
  • HCID 531: a five-credit studio course which provides students with an opportunity to learn how to *engage with users in the context of an end to end technology design project *and to *conduct explorative research as well as formative and summative evaluations of user interface designs. *Taught by Linda Wagner. Meets Fridays, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (with lunch break).

Full job descriptions and application information may be found in the
drop-box below. Please submit all application materials to this drop-box no later than March 9, 2014, 11:45pm: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/mglarson/30906

For questions about these positions, please contact Mary Larson (mglarson@uw.edu / 206.543.0576).

College of the Environment TA Positions, Autumn 2014

Deadline: March 3, 2014
Apply Here

The College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for two Teaching Assistants for C ENV 110 “Introduction to Food and the Environment” for Autumn Quarter 2014, 9/16/2014 to 12/15/2014. This is an introductory course offered by the College of the Environment to support environmental literacy for students across campus.

Course Schedule:
Lecture – MWF 12:30-1:20
Section AA – T 12:30-2:20
Section AB – T 12:30-2:20
Section AC – TH 12:30-2:20
Section AD – TH 12:30-2:20
Section AE – T 9:30-11:20
Section AF – TH 2:30-4:20

Course Description:
This course will use food production and consumption as an introduction to many of the elements of environmental science including nutrient cycles, population growth, food webs, water supply and demand, impact of exploitation on natural populations, land transformation, energy consumption and its impact on climate. Food is produced in a variety of ways; crops are grown, animals are fed on crops and or grazed, fish are caught in the ocean and fresh water, and fish are raised in aquaculture. Each method of food production impacts the environment in many ways through transformation of habitats, consumption of energy and release of CO2, pollution of waterways, soil erosion, and reduction in biodiversity.  Understanding how food production affects and shapes the environment can help us make choices about what kinds of food we eat, but also can provide a window for learning about the basics of environmental science.

TA Responsibilities:

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

Requirements:

  • Academic standing as a UW Graduate Student
  • Eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Strong background in fundamentals of environmental science
  • Background or interest in food systems, agriculture and food production, or other topics related to food and the environment
  • Previous teaching (TA) 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.

Desired: Candidates with environmental science background preferred, but candidates from any discipline may apply.

Condition of Employment:

  • Currently registered UW graduate student
  • Compensation: Based on standard UW rates determined by student standing

Applicants should submit: (1) Current CV/resume; (2) Two 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 teaching assistant in an interdisciplinary, introductory environmental science course, as well as your strengths and background relevant to the specific activities outlined in the position and course description. Apply Here

Application Timeline: Application review begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For priority consideration, apply by March 3, 2014. Notification by April 4, 2014.

Tillman Military Scholars Program

Application opens Feb. 7!
Applications due March 6!
UW information sessions Feb. 11, 12, 19!

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. This is accomplished with the Tillman Military Scholars (TMS) program which purpose is to identify high-impact active or veteran servicemembers and their spouses and invest in their higher education, covering the needs left unpaid for by the GI Bill and other government support. The scholarship funds awarded are just a portion of the TMS experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life.

Since its inception, 290 Tillman Military Scholars representing 34 states and attending 85 institutions nationwide have been awarded over $4.6 million. This year, 75 new Tillman Military Scholars join Current and Network Tillman Military Scholars both online and in‐person at the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit and subsequent regional gatherings throughout the U.S., as well as at Pat’s Run each April.

The Tillman Military Scholars application will open on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2014.

UW information sessions:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Veteran and active duty military servicemembers
    • Of both pre- and post-9/11 service
    • From all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including service in the National Guard and Reserve
  • Spouses of active or veteran servicemembers
    • Including surviving spouses
  • Servicemember or spouse seeking assistance to pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private, 4-year U.S.-based accredited institution

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service (or service as a spouse); motivation for serving
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

Please http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/scholars for complete details and online application beginning Feb. 7.
UW is a TMS University Partner. Information for UW applicants is at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=tillman.

Several UW advisers are available to assist students in applying for the Tillman Scholarship.

UW contacts for application assistance:
UW-Seattle & Tacoma Undergraduate applicants:
Robin Chang, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall, 206-543-2603
robinc@uw.edu

UW-Seattle & Tacoma Graduate applicants:
Marilyn Gray, Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards
G-1 Communications, 206-543-7152
megray@uw.edu

UW-Bothell applicants:
Natalia Dyba
Global Initiatives & Merit Scholarships
UW1-186, 425-352-3261
NDyba@uwb.edu

UW Veterans Services Contacts:
UW-Seattle
Tim Wold, Director, Veterans Center
520 Schmitz Hall, 206-685-2065
twold@uw.edu

UW-Bothell
Rosa Lundborg
Manager, Veterans Services & Disability Resources for Students
UW1-170, 425-352-5307
rlundborg@uwb.edu

UW-Tacoma
Andrea Coker-Anderson

Registrar and Office of Veteran and Military Services
MAT 253E/MAT 206, 253-692-5723
cokera@uw.edu or vetnav@uw.edu

Call for Applications: Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 21, 2014

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington is now accepting applications for supplemental graduate fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2014-2015 academic year is eligible to apply, as long as they can demonstrate a connection between their research and Jewish Studies topics. The amount per fellowship will be $3000. Multiple fellowships are available.

The primary goal of this fellowship is to build intellectual community as well as professional skills. Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows will participate in regular workshops led by members of the Jewish Studies faculty. Students will have the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their research projects, and the year will culminate with public presentations at the Spring Research Symposium.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Fellows will be required to:

  1. Attend all scheduled meetings*
  2. Present a scholarly paper at the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium
  3. Contribute two short blog posts to jewishstudies.washington.edu

*Fellows should be in residence in Seattle for at least two quarters of the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who are planning to travel abroad for fieldwork purposes should indicate their intended travel plans in their application.

Graduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend faculty seminars or special talks given by guests of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, as well as public events sponsored by Jewish Studies.

Our aim is to support graduate students of all levels who are interested in researching various aspects of the Jewish experience. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong record of achievement and interest in pursuing research projects within the broad parameters of Jewish Studies. Graduate students from all departments and disciplines are encouraged to apply; past participants have come from the departments of History, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and English. Current fellows are allowed to reapply, but preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not yet participated in this fellowship program.

How to apply:
Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover page with name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and student number.
  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. University of Washington transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
  4. A description of a research project that engages with Jewish Studies (2 page max). This project would be the focus of your workshop and Symposium presentations.
  5. One letter of recommendation from a UW professor (electronic file or hard copy accepted; electronic file may be submitted via the dropbox address below or emailed to pressman@uw.edu). 

Applications are due by March 21, 2014. All application materials should be submitted electronically via the Catalyst dropbox which is accessible with a UW NetID at this link: jewishstudies.washington.edu/gradfellowapplications

The new Graduate Fellows for 2014-2015 will be notified in late April. The incoming class of fellows will be invited to be recognized at the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium. This event will take place from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on May 2, 2014 in HUB 214.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Hannah S. Pressman, coordinator of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship, at pressman@uw.edu.

Ethics Prize for UW Graduate Students

Deadline: March 1, 2014

The Program on Values in Society at the University of Washington is proud to offer a grant of $750 for graduate students seeking to introduce serious consideration of normative ethics into their descriptive academic work. The goal of this grant is to encourage interdisciplinary discussion of ethics as an aspect of empirical research. Priority will be given to doctoral students writing a dissertation in the social or natural sciences; other graduate students are also welcome to apply.

The program is currently accepting applications. Deadline is March 1, 2014. For details on applying for the ethics prize, please visit: http://www.phil.washington.edu/pov/awards-and-funding

Inquiries may be directed to: ponvins@u.washington.edu.

2014-15 American Indian Endowed Scholarship Awards

Deadline: February 1, 2014

The Washington Student Achievement Council is accepting applications for the 2014-15 American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES) awards. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2014.

Who can apply?
Applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the college financial aid office)
  • Be a Washington resident
  • Have close social and cultural ties to an in-state American Indian tribe or community
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student by fall term 2014 at an in-state public or private college or university
  • Intend to use his or her education to benefit the in-state American Indian community
  • Not have received a total of five years of this scholarship
  • All qualified applicants are considered. Priority is given to upper-division and graduate-level students.

What is the scholarship value?
The number of scholarships granted and the award values are determined by the selection committee after a discussion of current program issues and evaluation of the annual interest earnings of the endowment fund. Historically, award values have ranged from $500 to $2,000 per recipient for the academic year.

How do students apply?
Complete the electronic application, using Adobe Acrobat Reader software version 100 or newer at http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/american-indian-endowed-scholarship. To open the document, click the program name under the caption “How do I apply?”

A hard copy application must be printed, signed, and mailed to the Council, accompanied by required attachments:

  • Two brief personal statements
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Transcript(s)

Incomplete applications are not reviewed by the selection committee.

Mail the application with required attachments to the Council postmarked by February 1, 2014:
American Indian Endowed Scholarship Program
Washington Student Achievement Council
Student Financial Assistance Division
917 Lakeridge Way SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (if using UPS or FedEx)
PO Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 (if using US Postal Service)

How are qualified recipients selected?
A screening committee comprised of representatives from the in-state American Indian community will review and score the applications.

When will applicants know if they have been selected?
The Council will notify recipients in spring 2014 of awards identified for the 2014-15 academic year. Scholarships are contingent until student eligibility is confirmed through the college financial aid office.

Additional questions?
Please contact Ann M. Voyles (Program Manager) with any questions.
Phone: 360.753.7843
Email: annv@wsac.wa.gov / aies@wsac.wa.gov

UW Tacoma: Assistant Resident Director Graduate Assistantship (2014-15)

UW Tacoma Housing & Residence Life is creating a new Assistant Resident Director Graduate Assistantship position for 2014-2015. This live-in position provides an opportunity to supervise a staff of 3 Resident Assistants, budget management, program implementation and evaluation, organizational advising, and student conduct experience. Depending on student interest, this position could also work with divisional assessment programs, staff development, and opportunities to serve on university committees.

Position is open to all graduate students at any of the three UW campuses. Preference given to students pursuing a degree in education, counseling, social work, or related fields.

Please contact Michelle Kowalczyk (Associate Director of Student Development, Student Engagement, UW Tacoma) at mnharper@uw.edu.