CA Application

Two optional information sessions will be held by Zoom for those interested:

Friday, Jan 14th from 12:00PM - 1:00PM:  please register here  for Zoom link.

Tuesday, Jan 18th from 4:30PM - 5:30PM: please register here  for Zoom link.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 21, 2022
Recommendation Deadline : January 28, 2022
Interview Dates: Mid February
Notification: Late February/Early March

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 Smartsheet
  • Please contact 2 references who can provide you with a recommendation prior to submitting your application.  When you submit your application, your references will receive an email with a link to a recommendation form.  The form asks the following three questions:  1) How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?  2)  We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, intellectually engaged, and demonstrate exceptional leadership, teamwork and communication skills.  Please comment on these characteristics in the candidate using specific examples.   3)  Please describe a skill that you think the applicant could further develop that would help them for this position. 

Recommenders should be 1) a faculty member who is familiar with you and 2) someone with whom you have worked preferably outside of class (i.e. committee member, extracurricular activity, research advisor). Recommendations 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 2022-23 Academic Year. Follow the link below to apply:

Human Biology CA Application

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