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Fall 2013 Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development Teaching Assistant Positions

By: Jessica Sotomayor

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 Teaching Assistant positions.

Please note: Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by graduate students and undergraduate juniors or seniors.

The Teaching Assistants will support the following courses:

1)    SDEV W1900: Introduction to Sustainable Development Seminar

2)    SDEV W3450: Spatial Analysis and Modeling for Sustainable Development

3)    SDEV W3390: GIS for Sustainable Development

4)    SDEV W2320: Economic and Social Systems for Sustainable Development

5)    SDEV W3330: Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development

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1) Teaching Assistant for SDEV W1900: Introduction to Sustainable Development Seminar

This course will take place on Mondays during the fall semester from 11:40am-12:55pm and will be taught by Jason Smerdon.

The course is designed to be a free flowing discussion of the principals of Sustainable Development and the scope of this emerging discipline. This course will also serve to introduce the students to the requirements of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development and the content of the required courses in both the Special Concentration and the Major. The focus will be on the breadth of subject matter, the multidisciplinary nature of the scholarship and familiarity with the other key courses in the Program.

Applicants should have knowledge of sustainable development, with previous coursework in the area and be familiar with the structure of the major and the special concentration in the undergraduate program in sustainable development.

Time Commitment & Responsibilities:

A Teaching Assistant must fulfill the responsibilities as identified by the assigned supervising instructor while maintaining conduct of the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.  The Teaching Assistant may be responsible for directing drills, recitations, discussions or laboratory sessions related to courses offered by an officer of higher rank.  They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned, like grading written coursework.

Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by undergraduate juniors or seniors and graduate students.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form125/index.html. The deadline to apply is May 8th at 5PM.

2) Teaching Assistant for SDEV W3450: Spatial Analysis and Modeling for Sustainable Development

This course will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall semester from 4:10pm-5:25pm. The course will be taught by Giovani Graziosi.

This is an intermediate course in spatial modeling developed specifically for students in the undergraduate Sustainable Development program. This course will provide a foundation for understanding a variety of issues related to spatial analysis and modeling. Students will explore the concepts, tools, and techniques of GIS modeling and review and critique modeling applications used for environmental planning and policy development. The course will also offer students the opportunity to design, build and evaluate their own spatial analysis models. The course will cover both vector and raster based methods of analysis with a strong focus on raster-based modeling. We will draw examples from a wide range of applications in such areas as modeling Land Use and Land Cover for biodiversity and conservation, hydrological modeling, and site suitability modeling. The course will consist of lectures, reading assignments, lab assignments, and a final project.

Applicants should have advanced knowledge of geographic information systems software, with previous coursework in the area.

Time Commitment & Responsibilities:

A Teaching Assistant must fulfill the responsibilities as identified by the assigned supervising instructor while maintaining conduct of the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.  The Teaching Assistant may be responsible for directing drills, recitations, discussions or laboratory sessions related to courses offered by an officer of higher rank.  They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned, like grading written coursework.

Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by undergraduate juniors or seniors and graduate students.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form125/index.html. The deadline to apply is May 8th at 5PM.

3) Teaching Assistant for SDEV W3390: GIS for Sustainable Development

This course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:40am- 12:55pm with a lab following the Thursday course from 1:00pm-2:00pm during the fall semester and will be taught by Mark Becker.

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying GIS systems and to give students a strong set of practical skills to use GIS for stainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster and vector based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Student will also learn to use newly emerging web based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics.

Time Commitment & Responsibilities:

A Teaching Assistant must fulfill the responsibilities as identified by the assigned supervising instructor while maintaining conduct of the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.  The Teaching Assistant may be responsible for directing drills, recitations, discussions or laboratory sessions related to courses offered by an officer of higher rank.  They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned.

Applicants should have advanced knowledge of geographic information systems software, with previous coursework in the area.

Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by undergraduate juniors or seniors and graduate students.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form125/index.html. The deadline to apply is May 8th at 5PM.

4) Teaching Assistant for SDEV W2320: Economic and Social Systems for Sustainable Development

This course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40pm-3:55pm during the fall semester and will be taught by Satyajit Bose.

The objective of this course is to introduce students to key analytical concepts, skills and methods necessary to understand and evaluate the economic and financial aspects of sustainable development. Throughout the course, students will compare competing objectives and policies through the prism of economic & financial reasoning. This course is intended to provide students with a flying introduction to key analytical concepts required to understand topics in environmental economics and finance and to introduce them to selected topics within the field.

Applicants should have strong finance and economic skills and an interest in sustainable development.

Time Commitment & Responsibilities:

A Teaching Assistant must fulfill the responsibilities as identified by the assigned supervising instructor while maintaining conduct of the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.  The Teaching Assistant may be responsible for directing drills, recitations, discussions or laboratory sessions related to courses offered by an officer of higher rank.  They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned, including developing, distributing and statistically analyzing “peer review” and “self review” forms.

Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by graduate students.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form125/index.html. The deadline to apply is May 8th at 5PM.

5) Teaching Assistant for SDEV W3330: Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development

This course will take place on ­­­­Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall semester from 10:10am-11:25am and will be taught by Ruth DeFries and Kevin Griffin.

The course provides an overview of the complex relationships between ecological and social systems.  The course focuses on basic principles in understanding these relationships.  After the students are introduced to these basic concepts, the course will focus on three current topics central to Sustainable Development for in-depth study.  The emphasis is on the multiple perspectives – environmental, social and economic—required to understand and develop solutions to problems in sustainable development.

Applicants should have knowledge of sustainable development, with previous coursework in the area and be familiar with the structure of the major and the special concentration in the undergraduate program in sustainable development.

Time Commitment & Responsibilities:

A Teaching Assistant must fulfill the responsibilities as identified by the assigned supervising instructor while maintaining conduct of the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.  The Teaching Assistant may be responsible for directing drills, recitations, discussions or laboratory sessions related to courses offered by an officer of higher rank.  They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned, like grading written coursework.

Applicants must be current full-time CU students enrolled in a degree granting program. Applications will only be accepted by graduate students.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form125/index.html. The deadline to apply is May 8th at 5PM.

 

 

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