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ESS464H1S – Biological Perspectives on Earth System Evolution


Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto




Course Number and Title:  ESS464H1S – Biological Perspectives on Earth System Evolution

Course description: A seminar course focusing on ways that the Earth’s biosphere (terrestrial and marine) has altered the overall functioning of the Earth System over geological time, including (1) influence of terrestrial vegetation on surface processes such as palaeosol development, river geomorphology, erosion, and cycling of major biogeochemical nutrients on land, (2) influence of the marine biosphere on the concentration of O2 and CO2 in the atmosphere, including the origin of the stratospheric ozone layer, and (3) the interactive influence of the terrestrial and marine biosphere on atmospheric moisture transport, production of latent relative to sensible heat fluxes, and the development of the planetary boundary layer. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: ESS261H1/ESS262H1, ESS361H1/ESS362H1/GGR305H1; Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Science course; Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Estimated course enrolment: 25  

Estimated TA support: 55 hours

Schedule: Lectures Wednesday 9 to 11; January 4 to April 4, 2018; examination period April 9 to 30, 2018


Sessional dates:  January 1 to April 30, 2018         


Please note:  This position includes the completion of any course work and grading not completed by April 30, 2018.


Rate of pay:  Sessional Lecturer I – $7,359.07; Sessional Lecturer I Long Term – $7,498.50; Sessional Lecturer II – $7,823.85; Sessional Lecturer III $8,185.35 (including vacation pay)


Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.


Qualifications:  PhD or masters with equivalent professional and/or academic experience required. Understanding of general chemical principles and how they relate to environmental chemistry as well as knowledge of basic geochemistry and general geological processes. A basic understanding of organic chemistry is an assetRelevant academic or professional publications, and previous experience teaching a similar graduate or undergraduate course, are highly desirable.


Description of duties:   The lecturer will be responsible for effectively delivering the course with all of the attendant organizational issues of lecture and tutorial preparation and delivery, supervising of teaching assistants, setting, supervision and marking of exams, final course marks, course evaluations and so forth.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form http://forms.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/#recruitment

Russell Pysklywec, Chair
Department of Earth Sciences
22 Russell St, Toronto , Ontario M5S 3B1
e-mail: spapaleo@es.utoronto.ca

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Posting date: September 26, 2017


Closing date : October 24, 2017

Please note:  Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.

Preference in hiring will be given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.