The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health is hiring for a Teaching Assistant to support instruction for [SUSTAIN 140] Environmental Humanities: Finding Our Place on a Changing Planet. Learn more and apply below!
Background: A new course in Stanford’s Doerr School of Sustainability dives into the cultural, ethical, and philosophical roots of environmental challenges in order to make sense of a rapidly-changing reality and inform possible solutions.
“Environmental Humanities: Finding Our Place on a Changing Planet,” offered Fall 2022, will challenge students to reckon with the emotional challenges of witnessing global environmental change, imagine what a better future would look like, and think critically about how to get there. Students will examine unprecedented ecological destruction through a diverse array of lenses, including environmental sciences, history, philosophy, anthropology, economics, psychology, art, and Indigenous ways of knowing – as well as outdoor experiences and immersive storytelling.
Job description: We are seeking teaching assistants (TAs) to help with course instruction. TAs will be required to attend lectures twice a week, engage in discussions, grade assignments, manage Zoom and presentation technology, manage the course site, and help with lecture preparation and execution. Time commitment is estimated at 10 hours a week. More details on responsibilities can be found below.
Timeline: The course takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:50pm – with a field trip on Saturday, October 29. This position begins Monday, September 12 and ends Wednesday, December 21, with time allotted for pre- and post-course work. The course itself runs Tuesday, September 27 to Friday, December 16.
Course instructors: The interdisciplinary teaching team includes:
- Erika Veidis, Center for Innovation in Global Health
- Kathy Burke, Woods Institute for the Environment
- Giulio De Leo, Hopkins Marine Station, Woods Institute for the Environment
- Kelly McManus Chauvin, Biology, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
- Tadashi Fukami, Biology
- Sara Michas-Martin, English, Creative Writing
Application: To apply, please fill out this form, which requires a resume and information about your background, experience, and interest in the position. Please email Erika Veidis with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend class
- Provide a list for sign-in by students at each class and record attendance
- Develop and implement a system for tracking class participation, with a comments field for quality
- Post the syllabus, course overview, and assignment descriptions to Canvas and make sure these are up to date
- Populate Canvas site with Zoom links, assignment submission guidelines, and any other information needed
- Monitor and respond to comments on Canvas and answer emails
- Coordinate guest speakers – sending them reminders about their guest lectures, providing directions to class (for in-person visits) or Zoom links, preparing short introductions, drafting follow-up thank you emails, and helping coordinate honoraria as needed
- Help manage student assignments:
- Course materials:
- Make sure course materials are accessible and posted
- Familiarize yourself with course materials so that you can pose questions to spark discussion
- Small projects and essays:
- Develop rubrics for grading and explain to class
- Answer questions in days leading up to due date
- Provide help or direct students to resources
- Final project:
- Assign groups (depending on class size)
- Work with instructors to provide a few example projects
- Collect and review proposed topics
- Give feedback as requested while students are working on projects
- Create a rubric for grading and explain to class
- Schedule presentations
- Create template for feedback on final presentations
- Assemble feedback
- Course materials:
- Assign grades and provide feedback in coordination with instructors
- Monitor grading on Canvas and alert instructors to concerns
- Give feedback to instructors on any aspect of the course