Environmental Studies at UVM

JOB: ENVS 001 Teaching Assistant Positions


March 30, 2014


University of Vermont


Amy Seidl



153 South Prospect St

Burlington, VT 05401


Jobs, Vermont/New England

Call for ENVS 001 Fall Teaching Assistants

Hello folks,

It's that time again.  The Environmental Program is looking to fill approximately 15 Teaching Assistant positions for ENVS 001, Introduction to Environmental Studies, for Fall 2014. 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 ($11/hr) and 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; 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 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
  *       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 recommendation.

*TO APPLY:*  Please send a cover letter to Amy Seidl at amy.seidl@uvm.edu by April 11, 2014. Please put "TA application" in the subject heading.  In your letter, 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 during April 14-25 and make preliminary selections before the end of the spring semester.  I look forward to receiving your applications.

With thanks,

Amy Seidl