Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This is a TEMPORARY, PART-TIME position. Schedule May Vary and to Be Determined. It begins Upon Hire and is expected to run through July of 2018.
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The Seattle MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) program has an opportunity open for a Temporary Food Sciences Lead Instructor.
This temporary Food Sciences Lead Instructor position will teach and mentor students in the Saturday Academy program, a once-monthly, all day immersion and enrichment program designed to engage high school students in STEM topics that link directly to daily life, career opportunities, college majors, and research opportunities. This position will teach in the Food Sciences topical area, one of a number of topical areas in the Saturday Academy program. This is a limited-term, hourly-paid position with an expected time commitment of approximately 140 hours over the course of the school year.
Purpose: Seattle MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) is preparing for another year of the Saturday Academy program, a once-monthly, all day immersion and enrichment program designed to engage high school students in STEM topics that link directly to daily life, career opportunities, college majors, and research opportunities. Our program offers Food Sciences as one of its topical areas. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, hands-on instructor who can join our established team to expand an established curriculum and deliver to an estimated 30 students.
Saturday Academy Food Sciences is envisioned as: Students are introduced to the field, engage in experiential hands-on learning, and meet in-practice professionals in the greater Seattle community who can speak enthusiastically about their careers. Designed for high school students in grades 9-12, to increase their content knowledge and skill sets, engage in experiential hands-on learning, meet and network with industry professionals, community partners, and faculty researchers at the UW. Additionally, the instructor mentors Saturday Academy students to present their work to colleagues, friends and family.
Duties: Curriculum Development- (maximum total number of hours: 70) Continue to develop the Saturday Academy Food Sciences Cookbook to teach this curriculum. An outline of suggested topics linked to Next Generation Science Standards has been developed. The cookbook should contain the full curriculum including any lecture materials, contact information for guests or field trip sites, as well as a set of lab and field directions and notes. Keep detailed notes on any changes made to the curriculum as well as successes and challenges of delivery. Log suggested changes as revisions to the cookbook. Content will be developed in such a manner that it is aware of and accessible to the diverse student audience that we serve (low-income, languages other than English predominantly spoken at home, underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, women, and potential first generation college students) The program will be an enrichment opportunity for students; material should meet Next Generation Science Standards, but is not traditionally covered in a public school setting. Material can build upon foundational concepts learned in STEM classrooms, but should go above and beyond.
Content Delivery- (maximum total number of hours: ~5.5 hrs x 8 sessions= 44 hrs) Curriculum will be largely hands-on, activity-based, and/or project-based. Delivery should be highly interactive and hands-on, and instructor should be prepared to forge strong relationships with MESA students. Saturday Academy sessions should include a guest speaker/presenter that can showcase different professions within the topic area. When possible, guest speakers should represent the students we serve. Also when possible, the guest should deliver their expertise and background in an interactive way. Content should showcase the breadth of the topical area. Develop an off-site activity or field trip to engage the students in the content. Instructor should secure substitute instructor in the rare instance that they are not able to attend one of the sessions. The substitute instructor should meet with the Instructor and the MESA Coordinator to cover all lesson plans and necessary logistics in advance.
College Readiness- (maximum total number of hours: 10 including planning and occasional facilitation with outside presenters) In conjunction with the Seattle MESA Coordinator and other Seattle MESA staff, time should be built in to engage the students on college exploration/readiness. This could include campus tours, assistance with application materials, panels of current college students, discussion/showcasing relevant majors or courses to take, etc. Other opportunities to engage in the topical content to increase their likelihood of being accepted into a higher education institution and attending an institution of higher education should also be suggested or offered.
Logistics- (maximum total number of hours: 16 including monthly prep meetings and occasional debrief meetings) Suggestions as to how the Saturday Academy should be marketed to potential students and their families should be provided to the MESA Coordinator, so that there is a large applicant pool to draw from. Provide the Seattle MESA Coordinator with a description of what qualities or skills the volunteers should have to help support the curriculum and the program. Suggestions for areas to recruit volunteers should be given to the MESA Coordinator so that there is a diversity among the volunteers which is representative of our student population when possible. (Industry contacts, student organizations, listservs, etc.) Provide the Seattle MESA Coordinator a list of supplies that are needed to conduct activities in the Saturday Academies. Work with the MESA Coordinator to finalize all logistics related to on and off-site activities/field trips; including transportation, food, scheduling, tickets/access to site, parental permission, etc. Participate in monthly planning meetings with the Seattle MESA Coordinator and/or other Saturday Academy Instructors to ensure seamless delivery of all programs; these one-hour meetings typically occur one week prior to each Saturday Academy session.
Required Skills and Qualifications: B.S./ B.A. in biology, environmental science, public health, nutritional science or equivalent At least two years of teaching experience Networked or a willingness to build a network with industry representatives and related faculty/staff Experience working respectfully with diverse cultures and communities Cultural competence to connect with high school-aged students from underrepresented backgrounds Familiarity with a broad array of topics related to food; suggested curriculum elements include: agriculture, food and media, food technology, fisheries, science of cooking, microbiology, plant and soil science, food security and equity.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications: Willingness to make a commitment of 2 years to the program. Currently employed, attending, or affiliated with the UW with a well-established network of connections in food-related scholarly work, research, or activities Industry professional with at least 2 years of teaching experience to ethnically diverse student groups.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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