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Fall 2017 Teaching Assistant Opportunities

by Cari Shimkus

Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development Fall 2017 Teaching Assistant Positions

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 teaching assistant positions.

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

Teaching assistant for SDEV UN3280 Workshop in Sustainable Development (Section 2)

This course will take place on Monday and Wednesday from 10:10-12:00PM during the Fall semester and will be taught by Professor Radley Horton.

The upper level undergraduate Sustainable Development Workshop will be modeled on client based graduate-level workshops, but with more time devoted to methods of applied policy analysis and issues in Sustainable Development. The heart of the course is the group project on an issue of sustainable development with a faculty advisor providing guidance and ultimately grading student performance. Students will receive instruction on methodology, group work, communication and the context of policy analysis. Much of the reading in the course will be project-specific and identified by the student research teams.

Applicants should have strong project management skills and an interest in sustainable development.

Teaching assistant for SDEV UN3350 Environmental Policy and Sustainable Governance

This course will take place on Monday and Wednesday from 2:40-3:55PM during the fall semester. This course will be taught by Professor Lisa Dale.

Sustainability is a powerful framework for thinking about business, economics, politics and environmental impacts. An overview course, Environmental Policy & Governance will focus specifically on the policy elements of sustainability. With an emphasis on the American political system, the course will begin by exploring the way the American bureaucracy addresses environmental challenges. We will then use the foundations established through our understanding of the US system to study sustainable governance at the international level. With both US and international perspectives in place, we will then address a range of specific sustainability issues including land use, climate change, food and agriculture, air quality, water quality, and energy. Over the course of the semester, we will study current events through the lens of sustainability policy to help illustrate course concepts and theories.

Applicants should have a background in political science or policy.

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.

To Apply:

Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) to

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 24th at 11:55pm


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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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