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“Food + the Environment” TA Position – Applications due April 21st

The College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for Teaching Assistants for C ENV 110 “Introduction to Food and the Environment”

Autumn Quarter 2017

9/16/2017 to 12/15/2017


Application deadline: Friday, April 21


This is an introductory course offered by the College of the Environment to support environmental literacy for students across campus.


Course Information: Instructor:  Ray Hilborn, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences


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.


-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.



-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.


Send application materials to: Joseph Kobayashi (College of the Environment) at:


Application Timeline: Application review begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For priority consideration, apply by April 21, 2017.  The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 /206.543.6452 (tty) or