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


  • 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.