Grad or Post-Doc TA for Practicing Medicine Course in New York City Summer 2020


Summer Session Teaching Assistant

Position: Grad or Post-Doc Teaching Assistant for Practicing Medicine Course in New York City Summer 2020

HE 4080 Summer Session: Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers is seeking to hire up to 4 teaching assistants to support engaged student learning using experiential learning approaches, ethnographic methods and reflection processes. This opportunity is for graduate students looking to enhance their teaching abilities and those who are interested in working with undergraduate students teaching them how to better observe and write “thick descriptions” based on what students experience in hospital settings shadowing physicians.

Description: Part-time – about 15 hours/week. Exact time commitment will depend on weekly schedules. Position pays $7290.00 for an 8-week session plus a 4-hour training session held on May 29, 2020 in New York City during. The 8-week session dates June 1 – July 24, 2020.

Experience: Minimum M.A./M.S. or equivalent progress towards Ph.D. in social science or related field. Commitment to excellence in engaged teaching.

Qualification: Self-motivation and ability to facilitate group discussions and enabling students to lead. Demonstrated ability to provide, receive, and integrate feedback. Interest in engaged learning as a teaching technique. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and organizational ability.

Overview of Responsibilities: Each week, TAs will attend and actively participate in weekly seminars delivered by physician guest speakers, two content-based weekly seminars, and one reflection seminar based on student hospital rotation experiences.

TAs will review student reflection journals posted weekly and provide ample feedback to support ethnographic “thick description” that focuses on what students observe, their experiences in hospital settings, and self-reflections regarding what and how they are learning. Each TA will be responsible for approximately 15-20 students.

TAs will participate in a training session on May 29, 2020 and weekly lunch-time discussions regarding student progress and troubleshooting. TAs will complete this position as engaged learning instructors and a strengthened understanding of student development.

TAs will provide a five-page reflection on their teaching/learning experience.

Course focus: Among other areas, the course focuses on health disparities, health equity, and social determinants of health and ethnographic and experiential learning methods.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following to be considered for this position to Ms. Amber Warner (

• Curriculum Vitae.
• A cover letter describing prior teaching experiences and plans for teaching as part of your career trajectory.
• Names and contact information for two references.
• ZOOM, SKYPE, or in-person interview.

Deadline: May 8, 2020

Contact: Sam Beck, PhD