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The tables below list current Teaching Assistant jobs open with the Heller school.  Please click on the course number to advance to the details of the job description and for instructions on how to apply.  The final hiring process is coordinated by the Office of Operations. Students should check in with personnel in this office to be certain payroll documentation has been processed prior to beginning their position.

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SPRING 2017

HS 206f Sustainable Agriculture and Watersheds J. Ellsworth
HS 219f Policy Making Institutions in the Developing World D. Stone
HS 229f International Health Financing AK. Nandakumar
HS 257f International Humanitarian Law T. Johnson
HS 275f  Urbanization and Development J. Assan
HS 340f Advanced International Health Economics M. Razavi

 

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HS 275f Urbanization and Development

Instructor:  J. Assan

Module I

T 6:00-8:50pm

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

 To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to Professor Assan at joeassan@brandeis.edu        

Starting Date:           Week of January 16th, 2017

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HS 229f International Health Financing

Instructor:  AK. Nandakumar

Module II

M 9:00-11:50am

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to Professor Nandakumar at aknkumar@brandeis.edu       

Starting Date:           Week of March 13th, 2017

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HS 302f Policy Analysis and Design in the Developing World

Instructor: D. Stone

Module II

T 9:00-11:50am

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to Professor Stone at stone@brandeis.edu

Starting Date:           Week of March 13th, 2017

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HS 206f Sustainable Agriculture and Watersheds

Instructor: J. Ellsworth

Module II

T 2:00-4:50pm

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

 To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to Professor Ellsworth at jwe@brandeis.edu          

Starting Date:           Week of March 13th, 2017

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HS 340f Advanced International Health Economics

Instructor: M Razavi

Module 1: T 2:00-4:50pm

TA Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Attend lectures
  • Help set up and maintain the course on LATTE
  • Help update the syllabus, eg, find new readings and materials
  • Attend weekly TA meetings with the Instructor
  • Draft or revise grading keys
  • Provide written feedback to students providing comments and detailed solutions
  • Contribute to final grade assessment of participation
  • Hold office hours
  • Maintain grade records
  • Report on student errors or difficulties
  • Help prepare quizzes, handouts, assignments, exam questions
  • Conduct review sessions before exams
  • Record attendance

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to Professor Razavi at mrazavi@brandeis.edu       

Starting Date:           Week of January 16th, 2017

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HS 219f Policy Making Institutions in the Developing World

Instructor: D. Stone

Module I

T 9:00-11:50am

Background requirements:

1) Should be a native English speaker, have excellent writing skills, and enjoy working with students on writing. 

2) Should have strong background in development and ideally experience writing about policy (in any geographic location, jurisdiction, or policy sector)

3) Ideally should have international experience and/or working with internationals and people from diverse cultures.

Responsibilities will evolve in consultation with the instructor. As for grading, I’m not sure yet whether/how much the TA will actually grade, but responsibilities will include:

  • Attend lectures
  • Help set up and maintain the course on LATTE
  • Help update the syllabus, e.g. find new readings and materials
  • Be the point person for students who need help getting assigned readings/LATTE
  • Assist students with writing and paper organization
  • Hold office hours to meet with students before assignments are due; go over drafts and help with writing; go over student papers and professors comments after grading
  • Possibly grade half the papers
  • Provide oral and written feedback to students in addition to professor’s feedback
  • Report on student difficulties with comprehension of material, language, and with oral and written expression.
  • Keep antennae attuned to cultural differences, expectations, and cultural ways of American society and academia that bear explicit discussion.

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the module

 To Apply:                    Please send resume to Professor Stone at stone@brandeis.edu

Starting Date:           Week of January 16th, 2017

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HS 257f International Humanitarian Law

Instructor: T. Johnson

Module I
F 9:00-11:50am

 Essential Job Functions:

Function 1:      Class Preparation

  • Attend weekly TA meetings
  • Help update the syllabus, e.g., find new readings and materials
  • Help set up the course on LATTE, and check all links
  • Check LATTE materials two weeks in advance and make sure materials are available and readable
  • Maintain on-line resources for students, including adding PPT slides and materials after each session
  • Order books or other materials for class
  • Order cases from the Program on Negotiation 
  • Prepare pairings for group work
  • Schedule potential make-up class (students’ constraints, room availability)
  • Direct students to LATTE readings
  • Address special messages to students to remind them of due assignments or other events

Function 2:      Class Delivery

  • Attend lectures
  • Follow-up group work
  • Record attendance
  • Tape lectures
  • Prepare presentations (schedule, timing, communicating template, consolidating slides)
  • Support students who cannot attend a session
  • Conduct review sessions before exams

Function 3:      Feedback and Grading

  • Help prepare quizzes, handouts, assignments, exam questions
  • Draft or revise grading keys
  • Follow-up on assignments (deadlines, extensions, copy)  
  • Provide timely written feedback to students (individual comments, detailed solution sets)
  • Suggest a grade on students’ work
  • Report on common student errors or difficulties
  • Maintain grade records
  • Hold regular office hours

Education:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • One year in residence at Heller, ideally in the MA Coexistence and Conflict
  • Completion of the “Strategies for Coexistence Intervention” Course, with a minimum grade of A, or equivalent

Experience:

  • Work Experience:

3+ years of professional experience, including international exposure, knowledge in negotiation and conflict resolution, and familiarity with higher education

Desired Qualities & Skills

  • International/Intercultural Sensitivity:

1-2 years abroad, ideally in developing countries

  • Education Sector Exposure:

1-2 years in higher education, ideally in the field of conflict resolution

  • Extensive Expertise in Negotiation:

2-3 years with negotiation

  • Ability to interface well with faculty and students
  • Knowledge - In-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures in negotiation education and in grading
  • Collaboration/Service - Has frequent contact with faculty and students.  Results have major implications on the quality of courses
  • Decision Making – Decisions may affect course satisfaction.  May contribute to decisions that affect the quality of course.
  • Problem Solving – Problems are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring creative approaches to resolution and process restructuring, teaching and grading.  New approaches may have to be developed
  • Independence of Action – Results are defined under the professor’s supervision.  Supervisor provides broad guidance and overall direction. Own goals are determined on how to deliver results.  

Compensation:         Total of $1250 paid weekly over the course of the semester

To Apply:                    Please send cover letter and resume to: Sandra Jones, (joness@brandeis.edu)
Assistant Director of International Affairs in the Graduate Program in Coexistence and Conflict

Starting Date:           Week of January 16th, 2017


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