Sustainable Development Program Seeks Teaching Assistants for Fall 2022

Sustainable Development Program Seeks Teaching Assistants for Fall 2022

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is now accepting applications for fall 2022 teaching assistant positions for the following courses:

  1. SDEV UN1900 Introduction to Sustainable Development Seminar
  2. SDEV UN2050 Environmental Policy and Governance
  3. SDEV UN2320 Economic and Financial Methods for Sustainable Development
  4. SDEV UN3280.001 Workshop in Sustainable Development
  5. SDEV UN3280.002 Workshop in Sustainable Development
  6. SDEV UN3360 Disasters and Development
  7. SDEV UN3390 GIS for Sustainable Development
  8. SDEV UN3400 Human Populations and Sustainable Development
  9. SDEV GU4101 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development
  10. FSPH 1100 Food, Public Health and Public Policy

Applicants must be current full-time Columbia University graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students should expect to work 10-20 hours per week on average, but this can vary throughout the semester.

Applications will only be accepted from graduate students, and in some rare cases undergraduate juniors or seniors. Please note Teachers College and Barnard students are not eligible to apply. Be sure to check the description for each position for expected days/times, specific requirements and any additional restrictions/information.

To Apply

Applicants are welcome to apply to multiple positions provided they submit a separate application for each. Please post your cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) hereDEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 5 AT 11:55PM.

Introduction to Sustainable Development Seminar (SDEV UN1900)

Expected course day/time: Tuesday 11:40am-12:55pm

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 and 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. This also may include 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 from undergraduate juniors or seniors and graduate students. Preference will be given to undergraduates who have taken the course.

Environmental Policy and Governance (SDEV UN2050)

Expected course day/time: Monday/Wednesday 10:10-11:25am

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 U.S. system to study sustainable governance at the international level. With both U.S. 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, and an interest in working closely with undergraduate students.

Time Commitment and 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 will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned, including grading written coursework. Supporting students is the primary task for the TA, including holding office hours and arranging review sessions ahead of tests.

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

Economic and Financial Methods for Sustainable Development (SDEV UN2320)

Expected course day/time: Monday/Wednesday 4:10-5:25pm

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 and 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 and 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 will be responsible for maintaining the course materials online, attending classes, directing recitations and discussions, responding to student queries and grading student work. They will be responsible for meeting and coordinating with the instructor regularly and performing other course-related duties as assigned.

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

Workshop in Sustainable Development (SDEV UN3280.001 & UN3280.002; Two Positions Available)

Expected course day/time:
Section 1: Monday/Wednesday 2:10-4:00pm
Section 2: Tuesday/Thursday 12:10-2:00pm

The upper-level undergraduate Sustainable Development Workshop will be modeled on teamwork and 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.

Time Commitment and 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, such as grading written coursework. This also may include 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 from graduate students.

Disasters and Development (SDEV UN3360)

Expected course day/time: Monday/Wednesday 6:10-7:25pm

This course offers undergraduate students, for the first time, a comprehensive course on the link between natural disaster events and human development at all levels of welfare. It explores the role that natural disasters might have and have had in modulating development prospects. Any student seriously interested in sustainable development, especially in light of climate change, must study the nature of extreme events — their causes, global distribution and likelihood of future change. This course will cover not only the nature of extreme events, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts, but also their transformation into disaster through social processes. It will ultimately help students to understand the link between such extreme events, the economic/social shock they represent, and development outcomes. The course will combine careful analysis of the natural and social systems
dynamics that give rise to disasters and examine through group learning case studies from the many disasters that have occurred in the first decade of the 21st century.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of sustainable development, with previous coursework in the area.

Time Commitment and 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, such as grading written coursework.

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

GIS for Sustainable Development (SDEV UN3390)

Expected course day/time: Monday 10:10-11:25am and Wednesday 10:10am-12:25pm

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 sustainable 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. Students 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.

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

Time Commitment and 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, such as grading written coursework. This also may include 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 from graduate students.

Human Populations of Sustainable Development (SDEV UN3400)

Expected course day/time: Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:25am

Population processes and their outcomes in terms of population size, distribution and characteristics have a fundamental role in sustainable development and also broad policy implications. This course will introduce students to the scientific study of human populations as a contribution toward understanding social structure, relations and dynamics, as well as society-nature interactions. The aim is to offer a basic introduction to the main theories, concepts, measures and uses of demography. The course will cover the issues of population size, distribution and composition, and consumption, at different scales from global to regional to local, as well as the implications for population-environment relationships.

Applicants should have strong knowledge of, and an interest in, the topics studied throughout the course of the semester.

Time Commitment and 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.

Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development (SDEV GU4101)

Expected course day/time: Monday 12:10-2:00pm

Students of sustainable development are faced with an array of global challenges that warrant scholarly inquiry. Social science questions are particularly well-suited for qualitative research. This course will provide an overview of social science research methods, with a focus on building a toolkit for undergraduate students. We begin with an overview of the science of knowing. How do we generate scientific hypotheses in the social sciences, and then how can we find out whether those hypotheses are accurate? An exploration of a range of qualitative research methods will occupy the majority of our class time, including interviewing, case studies, questionnaires, surveys, coding, and participant observation. Toward the end of the course we consider how mixed methods allow for the integration of quantitative tools in the social sciences. Throughout, students will both study and practice these research methods, experimenting to better understand the strengths and challenges associated with each approach. The course will end with poster presentations in which students share their own research and justify the methods they have employed.

Applicants should have experience with qualitative research methods and a strong desire to work closely with undergraduate students.

Time Commitment and 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, such as grading written coursework.

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

Food, Public Health and Public Policy (FSPH 1100)

Expected course day/time: Tuesday/Thursday 4:10-5:25pm

The course will provide an introduction to the science, policy, politics, and economics related to food as a critical element of public health. The course will have a primary focus on the US, but will include a global perspective. Students will learn and apply the fundamentals of public health scientific research methods and theoretical approaches to assessing the food landscape though a public health lens. In addition, the course will cover how nutrition – at first glance a matter of individual choice – is determined by an interconnected system of socio-economic-environmental influences, and is influenced by a multitude of stakeholders engaged in policymaking processes.

Time Commitment and 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, such as grading written coursework.

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


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