School of the Environment TAship Applications

TAship postings

Fall Winter 2020-2021 - Main Round Fall 2020

Posted on: 2020-06-26

Applications due: 2020-07-23

Submit applications on-line to: https://taships.iit.artsci.utoronto.ca/env.

Course Campus Enrollment (est.) No. positions (est.) No. hours (est.) Dates Times Tutorials Duties Qualifications
ENV100H1F - Introduction to Environmental Studies - Regular TA STG 500 3 110 September to December Lecture, 3 - 5 pm Thursday. Tutorials 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 pm Monday630 Duties include leading tutorial sessions, grading assignments, tests and final assessments, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies: drawing from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to explore major social, cultural, economic, regulatory, ethical, ecological and technological aspects of environmental issues. Course Description: An investigation of the relationship between human beings and their natural and built environments. This interdisciplinary course will draw from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to explore major social, cultural, economic, regulatory, ethical, ecological and technological aspects of environmental issues.
ENV100H1F - LAT - Introduction to Environmental Studies – Lead Administrative TA STG 500 1 110 September to December Lecture 3 – 5 Thursday Tutorials 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 pm Monday Duties include leading tutorials, grading assignments, tests and final assessments, organizing the work of the other TA’s in the course, organizing and posting grades from course assignments, assisting course instructor in delivering online lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, that includes the aspects listed in the course description. Course Description: An investigation of the relationship between human beings and their natural and built environments. This interdisciplinary course will draw from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to explore major social, cultural, economic, regulatory, ethical, ecological and technological aspects of environmental issues.
ENV221H1F - Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment - Regular TA STG 350 2 100 September to December Lectures 1 – 2 pm Tuesday & Thursday Tutorials: 11 – 12, 12 – 1, 2 – 3, 3 – 4 Tuesday & Thursday Duties include leading tutorial sessions, grading assignments, tests and final assessments, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, that includes the disciplines listed in the course description below. Course Description: One of two foundation courses for the Centre’s undergraduate program. Introduces students to ways in which different disciplines contribute to our understanding of environment. Instructors and guest lecturers are drawn from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities and will present subject matter, assumptions, conceptualizations and methodologies of their disciplines.
ENV221H1F - LAT - Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment – Lead Administrative TA STG 350 1 100 September to December Lectures 1 – 2 pm Tuesday & Thursday Lectures 1 – 2 pm Tuesday & Thursday Duties include organizing the work of the other TA’s in the course, organizing and posting grades from course assignments, tests and final assessment, assisting course instructor in delivering online lectures. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, that includes the disciplines listed in the course description. Course Description: One of two foundation courses for the Centre’s undergraduate program. Introduces students to ways in which different disciplines contribute to our understanding of environment. Instructors and guest lecturers are drawn from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities and will present subject matter, assumptions, conceptualizations and methodologies of their disciplines.
ENV223H1F - Fundamental Environmental Skills - Regular TA STG 105 1 130 September to December Thursday 1 - 4 pm N/A Duties include grading assignments and tests, assisting course instructor in delivering lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, that includes the fundamental research, analysis and presentation skills required for effective environmental work. Course Description: The practical, interdisciplinary and controversial nature of environmental issues, as well as the uncertainty that surrounds measures to address them demand mastery of a particular range of skills by environmental students. This course teaches the fundamental research, analysis and presentation skills required for effective environmental work.
ENV261H1F - Is the Internet Green? - Regular TA STG 60 1 105 September to December Lecture 2 - 4 Tuesday Tutorials 4 – 5, Tuesday & Thursday Duties include leading tutorial sessions, assisting course instructor in delivering lectures, grading assignments, tests and final assessments, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who are enrolled in Computer Science, Earth Science, or a related field. Successful applicants will have experience with interdisciplinary scholarship, environmental studies and/or digital humanities. Course Description: The Internet has deeply penetrated most aspects of society and yet we are remarkably unreflective about its impacts and sustainability. This course challenges students to critically evaluate evidence regarding the environmental and social impacts of the Internet and how the Internet contributes (or not) to goals of environmental sustainability. (ENV261H1 is intended as a Breadth Requirement course in the Social Sciences.)
ENV316H1F - BTA - Laboratory & Field Methods in Environmental Science - Biology TA STG 25 1 75 September to December Friday, 1 - 5 pm n/a Duties include leading laboratory sessions, participating in field trips*, grading lab ad research reports, assisting course instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. (*field trips will only occur if conditions permit). University of Toronto graduate student in Aquatic Biology who has completed one or more years of graduate study and who has a demonstrated familiarity with field and laboratory sampling of fishes and aquatic invertebrates, including measures of fish condition, fish length-weight relationships, diversity indices, habitat quality. Course Description: This course focuses on methods of sampling and analyzing natural air, water and solid Earth materials for physical, chemical and biological properties that are relevant to current environmental issues. It will integrate approaches from chemistry, physics, earth sciences and biology, and cover techniques in field sampling, laboratory analyses and analyses of large environmental data sets. Basic concepts related to quality control will be emphasized throughout the course: sample collection and storage methods, calibration of field and lab instruments, analyses in complex matrices, errors (accuracy, precision), and detection limits.
ENV316H1F - CTA - Laboratory and Field Methods in Environmental Science - Chemistry TA STG 25 1 75 September to December Lecture/Lab 1–5 pm Friday N/A Duties include leading laboratory sessions, participating in field trips*, grading lab and research reports, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. (*field trips will only occur if conditions permit). University of Toronto graduate student in Chemistry who has completed at least one or more years of graduate study and who has demonstrated scholarly expertise in environmental analytical chemistry, including the analysis of environmental chemicals by chromatography, mass spectrometry or other instruments. Course Description: This course focuses on methods of sampling and analyzing natural air, water and solid Earth materials for physical, chemical and biological properties that are relevant to current environmental issues. It will integrate approaches from chemistry, physics, earth sciences and biology, and cover techniques in field sampling, laboratory analyses and analyses of large environmental data sets. Basic concepts related to quality control will be emphasized throughout the course: sample collection and storage methods, calibration of field and lab instruments, analyses in complex matrices, errors (accuracy, precision), and detection limits.
ENV322H1F - International Environmental Policy - Regular TA STG 90 1 115 September to December Lecture 2-4 Tuesday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, in particular knowledge of international relations, global governance, global environmental governance. Previous TA experience an asset. Course Description:Examines the ways in which states negotiate and implement international agreements addressing global environmental issues, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Focus is upon factors which determine the efficacy of multilateral environmental agreements and the prospects for stronger global environmental governance.
ENV333H1F - Ecological Worldviews - Regular TA STG 120 3 49 September to December Lecture 2-4 Thursday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study and who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, including understanding of the worldviews pertaining to the environment, listed in the course description. Course Description: Approaches to environmental concerns are often marked by assumptions that reflect distinct worldviews positing particular understandings of the role of the human with respect to nature. This course explores sundry economic, political, scientific, religious, and moral worldviews pertaining to the environment, including environmental ethics, Gaia, eco-feminism, scientific cosmology, and aboriginal perspectives.
ENV335H1F - Environmental Design - Regular TA STG 90 1 130 September to December Lecture 10 – 11:30 pm Monday Practical 11:30 – 1 Monday Duties include grading assignments, providing support in practicals, assisting the course instructor in delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study and who has a demonstrated broad scholarly expertise in environmental design. Familiarity with some of the rudiments of building physics and architectural representation would be a benefit. Course Description: Environmental design, in the context of this course, refers to design strategies that account for the ability of supporting ecosystems to continue to meet human needs and those of other life forms without diminishing biological diversity or environmental quality. This course takes a hands-on approach to investigating several environmental design issues: climate-responsive design, energy consumption, health and comfort, natural lighting and ventilation, and water management. Students will build up a design of a net-zero carbon residential building through several instructive design exercises during the semester.
ENV341H1F - Environment & Human Health - Regular TA STG 90 1 115 September to December Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study and has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Sciences, particularly in environmental health. Course Descriptions: Examination of the linkages between human health and environment. Addresses basic principles and scientific knowledge relating to health and the environment and uses case studies to examine current environmental health issues from a health sciences perspective.
ENV347H1F - The Power of Economic Ideas - Regular TA STG 90 1 115 September to December Lecture 10 – 12 Tuesday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, in particular in the field of environmental economics. Course Description: This course examines the power of economic ideas in effecting environmental change. Topics include the relation of ecological economics to mainstream economics, as well as the role of financial incentives to move the environmental agenda forward.
ENV350H1F - Energy Policy & Environment - Regular TA STG 180 2 105 September to December Lecture 6 – 8 pm Monday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study and who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, particularly about the environmental issues associated with energy use, and how these can be addressed. Course Description: The course addresses: (1) physical, technological and economic aspects of energy and electricity systems and their associated environmental impacts; (2) current international, Canadian and Ontario energy policy; (3) technological, economic and political factors influencing policy which could significantly reduce environmental impacts of energy use.
ENV422H1F - Environmental Law - Regular TA STG 65 1 90 September to December Lecture 6:30 – 9:30 pm Tuesday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto doctoral student who has completed one year of doctoral study and who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, particularly as it relates to environmental law. Course Description: An introduction to environmental law for students in Environmental Studies; legal methods available to resolve environmental problems and the scope and limits of those methods; common law and statutory “tools” as well as environmental assessment legislation; the problem of “standing to sue” and the limits of litigation. This course gives students a basic understanding of regulatory policies in Canada governing the environment, natural resource use and allocation.
ENV440H1F - Professional Experience Course - Regular TA STG 50 1 50 September to December Lecture 5 – 9 Thursday N/A Duties include grading assignments, meetings with the course instructor, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, and its application to the world of work. In addition, previous work experience in the environmental field with different types of organizations is an asset Course Description: Regular academic seminars complement off-campus work on an environmental project. The course enables students to gain practical experience of the needs and demands of professional environmental agencies. Students are given a choice of placements in a variety of sectors (such as government, NGOs, industry).
ENV451H1F - Current Environmental Topics - Regular TA STG 50 1 75 September to December Lecture 10 – 1 Friday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate student who has a demonstrated broad scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, including practical knowledge about a range of environmental issues. Course Desription: This capstone course for the School’s core programs will explore current environmental topics, with the goal of integrating the multi- and interdisciplinary strands of each student's learning to date.
ENV461H1F - The U of T Campus as a Living Lab of Sustainability - Regular TA STG 40 1 85 September to December Lecture 2 – 4 Tuesday N/A Duties include grading assignments, meetings with the course instructor, preparation for and supporting student group meetings in class, assisting course instructor in delivering the lectures, and general assistance. University of Toronto graduate students who have completed one year of graduate study and who have a demonstrated scholarly expertise in sustainability, and its application. In addition, previous work experience in the sustainability field with different types of organizations is an asset. Course Description: Sustainability is a growing priority for universities all over the world. Many are developing strong operational sustainability goals and targets, and are giving increasing emphasis to teaching and research on sustainability issues. Yet few have committed at the executive level to integrating academic and operational sustainability in the context of treating their campus as a living laboratory of sustainable practice, research and teaching. Arguably, it is such living lab approaches that offer the largest potential for universities to play a significant role in the sustainability transition. This course will explore and apply the living lab concept, in the context of operational sustainability at the University of Toronto. We will begin by looking at the literature on university sustainability and the living lab concept. The bulk of the course will involve undertaking an applied research project on some aspect of campus sustainability, working in close partnership with operational staff at the University of Toronto. Students will develop the skills needed to work across disciplines and fields of study, and with non-academic partners. This course will put students to work on operational sustainability projects identified by the staff working in or with the Sustainability Office at the University of Toronto. Students will be organized into groups, each of which will be assigned one project, to be overseen by one or more U of T staff members. The bulk of the course will consist of regular meetings with the staff “clients”, with instructors, and in small groups to undertake a group project. Each group will produce a mid-term and final report, and give a mid-term and final presentation. Each student will also submit two 360 reviews of the group process. A crucial aspect of this course is the ability of students to work collaboratively together in a group environment, and to work effectively with a university staff person acting as a “client” for their work. Students will be provided with a Handbook outlining information on working in groups and the focus of the class in the second week will be on this issue. The first 360 peer review will serve to provide information on how well each group is working. Students are encouraged to discuss and resolve group process issues in the weekly group meetings, and in their regular meetings with the instructor and TA. The second 360 review will occur at the end of the term. The results of the two 360 reviews will be used, where appropriate, to adjust individual marks from the group averages.
JGE321H1F - Multicultural Perspectives on Environmental Management - Regular TA STG 60 1 85 September to December Lecture 11–1 Thursday N/A Duties include grading assignments, tests and final assessments, assisting the instructor with delivering the lectures, and general assistance.. University of Toronto graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study and who has a demonstrated scholarly expertise in Environmental Studies, including understanding of multicultural perspectives on environmental issues. Course Description: Diverse approaches to environmental issues from a variety of multicultural perspectives are introduced, compared and analyzed, using case studies. Perspectives on environmental management will be discussed as they emerge from contexts such as South America, Asia, or Africa.

Notes:

  1. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

  2. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department Office and in the CUPE, local 3902 office. The position(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

  3. The rates of pay correspond with the current CUPE Agreement and is effective January 1, 2020 as follows:

    • Undergraduate (UG) $46.24/hr + 4% vacation pay

    • SGS I $46.24.hr + 4% vacation pay

    • SGS II & PDF $46.24/hr + 4% vacation pay

  4. Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

  5. Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

  6. Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.