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Emergency Posting – ENV233H1 – Earth Systems Chemistry


Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto

Job Posting – Course Instructor Position
Winter Term 2016 (January – April)

The Department of Earth Sciences seeks 1 Course Instructor for the following course:

Course Number and Title: ENV233H1 – Earth Systems Chemistry

Course description: This course examines how the chemistry of the Earth System has changed through geologic time including recent perturbations by humans. The scientific principles of thermodynamics (i.e., Gibbs free energy), redox chemistry, acid-base chemistry and kinetics will be used throughout the course to understand the observed changes. The first half of the course focuses on the natural biogeochemistry of the Earth and how the chemistry of the Earth has changed through time highlighting both the basic chemistry and the geological evidence. Within this scientific context, students will understand that the chemistry of the Earth System has changed dramatically due to both biological and abiotic forcings and that change is normal. The second half of the course will discuss the effects of recent human perturbations to the chemistry of the Earth, with a focus on atmospheric chemistry and some of the major processes involved.

Together with ENV234H1 and ENV237H1/ENV238H1, this course provides the scientific foundation of the second year for the Environmental Science Major and Minor programs.


Estimated course enrolment: 55  

Estimated TA support: 110 hours

Schedule: Lectures: Tuesday 10 am – 12 pm, Wednesday 1 am – 11 am beginning January 12, 2016 to April 7, 2016 ; final exam scheduled during April 12-29, 2016.

Sessional dates: January 1, 2016 to   April 30, 2016        

Please note: This position includes the completion of any course work and grading not completed by April 8, 2016.

Rate of pay:            $6,943.97 plus 4% 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: A Ph.D. degree, or enrolment in a Ph.D. program in geology or a closely related field is required. In exceptional cases a M.Sc. may be accepted.   Experience teaching geosciences at the university level will be preferred.

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 and updated CV to:

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

If sending by e-mail, please send as an attachment.

Posting date: November 23, 2015

Closing date: November 30, 2015

In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Note: Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (or CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St. George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.


22 Russell St, Toronto , Ontario M5S 3B1
e-mail: chair@es.utoronto.ca

If sending by e-mail, please send as an attachment.

Posting date: November 2, 2015

Closing date : November 20, 2015

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.