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CA Application

CA Application

Two optional information sessions will be held for those interested on:
Monday, Jan 28th from 12:00PM - 1:00PM and Tuesday, Feb 5th from 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Bldg 20, Room 21C. Lunch or snacks will be provided.

Recommendation letter Deadline : Feb 19, 2019
Interview Dates: Early March through mid March, 2019
Notification: Mid to late March, 2019

Training for those selected: During Spring quarter you will be expected to participate in a weekly seminar (HumBio 5E) on science education. This is a one unit course offered through the Human Biology Program with a weekly time commitment of one hour in class and 30-60 min outside of class.

Mandatory CA orientation week will take place during mid-September.

How to apply?

  • Click the link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions on SlideRoom
  • Do not forget to contact 2 references who can provide you with a letter of recommendation

Recommenders should be 1) a faculty member who is familiar with you and 2) someone with whom you have worked closely in a preferably non-academic setting (i.e. committee member, extracurricular activity, etc.). Letters from peers will not be considered.

Thanks for your interest, if you have any questions please contact Annette Salmeen at

Job Description

The Human Biology Core is an interdisciplinary three-quarter course sequence that presents a range of topics pertinent to understanding biology, evolution, human development, and social and environmental policy. The Core is taught in lecture format by faculty coordinators with some guest lecturers. Though formally divided into two parallel courses, namely the biological (A) and social science (B) sides, the goal is to inform biology with social science and vice versa. The number of students enrolled for Fall quarter is approximately 200 and enrollment typically reduces 10% in Winter and Spring. 

Time commitment: All positions are full-time. Enrolled students CANNOT be Course Associates, as the time commitment exceeds that allowable by University policy. The actual time required to fulfill all job responsibilities will vary among individuals, often reflecting individual familiarity with the material. Work hours also vary from week to week, since grading periods, for example, typically require more time. Since this is an academic staff position, it is crucial that each CA be present and available for the entire academic year. Time off is governed by University policy and by the University holiday schedule, although we allow flexibility for professional interviews. 

Teaching responsibilities: All CAs are expected to attend all Core lectures (A and B side), assimilate the assigned readings, teach five sections per week, and hold two office hours per week with additional hours before midterms and finals. CAs also maintain email communication with students regarding feedback for problem sets and other student questions as they arise. In addition, CAs are expected to attend weekly meetings with the Course Coordinator & Faculty Coordinators, help with exam and problem set construction, grade exams, and do other miscellaneous administrative tasks as needed.  The CAs also meet occasionally with the Center for Teaching and Learning to develop discussion-leading and question-writing skills.

Although there is a preference for applicants who have taken the Core and advanced courses in Human Biology, other applicants with strong backgrounds in relevant areas are encouraged to apply and will be given thorough consideration. Applicants should have a good understanding of the topics covered in the Core. Previous teaching experience, although helpful, is not required.

Applications are now open for the CA position for the 2019-20 Academic Year. Follow the link below to apply:

Human Biology CA Application

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