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Teaching Assistant posting: College of Sustainability

Posted by College of Sustainability on July 29, 2021 in Job Postings


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2

POSTING DATE: 29 July 2021


POSITION: Teaching Assistants for SUST 4001.03 and SUST 4002.03, Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) Capstone. FALL 2021 and WINTER 2022 TERMS

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: College of Sustainability, Mona Campbell building, Suite 1401

PAY RATE: 90 hours in each Fall & Winter term as per CUPE Collective Agreement ($2197 gross pay per term).

WORK ASSIGNMENT: Teaching Assistants are responsible for leading group work sessions and providing support for SUST 4001 and SUST 4002: "Environment, Sustainability and Society Capstone." This fourth-year class is part of the ESS (Environment, Sustainability and Society) undergraduate program. Core courses in the ESS program draw from virtually every academic discipline on campus and take an experiential and trans-disciplinary approach in order to understand the realities behind complex sustainability issues. This culminating class offers students the experience of working on a wide variety of sustainability issues with an external client (community groups, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government departments etc.).

Capstone Teaching Assistants are required to meet online with small groups during tutorial times each week. In addition, responsibilities include preparing for tutorials, assessing student participation and assisting in the grading of some course assignments. TAs guide student teams through the various stages of "knowledge mobilization projects" — response to RFPs (Request for Proposals), literature review, research methods, and the delivery of an oral presentation and written reports to clients. TAs are expected to provide significant and constructive feedback on written assignments.
It is essential that TAs work collaboratively with the course instructors, fellow teaching assistants and College staff. TAs are required to participate in weekly Instructional Team meetings on Tuesdays at a time to be determined. TAs must be available during the class times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm in both Fall and Winter terms. TAs report directly to the course instructors and the Academic Advisor and Program Manager in the College of Sustainability.

REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION: Applicants must be graduate or professional students at Dalhousie University or recent (2 years) alumni. Applicants must have experience or background in a field related to Environment, Sustainability and Society. Applicants must possess exceptional communication skills – both oral and written. Familiarity with business writing (Request for Proposals, project proposals and final reports, etc.) is an asset. Familiarity with Brightspace online learning tool is an asset. TAs must demonstrate initiative, be reliable, energetic, and enthusiastic about the class project topics, and comfortable in facilitating the learning of undergraduate students. Previous teaching/tutoring experience is an asset. The College of Sustainability will request an acknowledgment of the TA position from grad supervisors before the start of the fall term.


DEADLINE. Applications must include a cover letter and a résumé with contact information for two references. Applications should be sent by email to:

Peter Mushkat, Director
College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University

All offers of employment are conditional upon sufficient student enrolment in the course and approval by the University. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit