JOB: Teaching Assistant Positions for ENVS 001, Introduction to Environmental Studies

Hello folks,

It’s that time again.  The Environmental Program is looking to fill
10-12 Teaching Assistant positions for ENVS 001, Introduction to
Environmental Studies, for Fall 2013. We are expecting approximately 270 people in
the class again this fall, as interest in the environment is definitely
on an upswing.  The TA position is a paid job and, in addition, you can
receive up to two credits through ENVS 284.

Being a TA is a demanding and rewarding experience.  We ask a lot of you
and we are most grateful for all that you offer to the students in the
course.  We expect the TAs to represent the very best of what the
Environmental Program has to offer, since you will be role models for
younger students.  As you know, a good TA can make a powerful and
lasting impression on students.

Being a TA means not only taking responsibility for your section(s). You
are also responsible for attending class and working effectively in a
team with other TAs to manage the course logistics and assignments.

The duties for the position of TA include:

*       meeting with students during weekly labs / discussion sessions
*       leading field trips, implementing lab activities
*       grading weekly homework assignments
*       attending lectures (MWF 10:40-11:30)
*       managing Web CT/Blackboard tools
*       attending mandatory weekly TA meetings
*       monitoring and grading exams
*       handling audiovisual equipment in class
*       other support work

You need to have taken ENVS 001 or a comparable course; it is a good
idea to have completed or be enrolled in ENVS 151. Juniors and seniors
are both welcome to apply; non-ENVS majors can also apply if they have
relevant experience and course work.  Previous teaching experience is
certainly valuable though not required.  As you can imagine, being a TA
makes a very nice entry on your resume, showing your experience as a
teacher and as a member of an academic community.  It is also a great
thing for references to write about when you need letters of

*TO APPLY:*  Please send an email to Amy Seidl at and put “TA application” in the subject
heading.  In your message, please include:

(1) 1-2 paragraphs about why you want to be a TA and which days of the
week (MTWTh 1-4pm) you will be available for labs and whether you are
interested in leading one or two labs per week
(2) how best to contact you via phone and email
(3) the name of one UVM faculty person as a reference with his/her email address
(4) an attached copy of your resume
(5) a sample of your writing — a short paper or part of a paper
(because writing is such an important part of this course)

You can also submit these materials to my Bittersweet box if that is
more convenient.  I will hold interviews and make preliminary selections
before the end of the spring semester.  I look forward to receiving your
applications —  Cheers, Amy Seidl

*DEADLINE: April 12, 2013 *

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