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PWP in Science, Technology, and Public Policy [Teaching Assistantship]

Department: International Affairs
Professor Catherine Woytowicz

Project Description: I am looking to hire a GTA or PWP (undergraduate teaching assistant) for my spring course – Science, Technology and Policy (IAFF2190W). This is a practical, but nontraditional class played like a White House briefing team.  We interview and brief experts in many fields.  We write talking points, policy briefs, op eds, and briefing books.

Duties: The duties are primarily to help students use critical thinking to write about science and public policy issues.  The course duties take about 10hrs/week and may include:
* attend class (7 – 10pm Thursday nights)
* hold 2 office hours/week (not on Thursdays)
* maintain experts database for student interviews and
call Society, NGO, industrial, military, and academic contacts
* help manage speakers/experts
* assist with protocol reception
* receive mentoring from Dr. Woytowicz based on goals

The selected candidate will be required to attend a welcome dinner with the previous teaching assistant cadre at a date when all can attend.  Former PWPs now work at the White House, CSIS, on the Hill, and for private firms.  We keep in close contact – even after graduation.  This is a great opportunity for those interested in science policy, teaching, or staff work.

Time Commitment/Compensation:  7-9 hours per week (average); $1125 PWP (based on 20 student cap)

To Apply: Submit the following items to drcat@gwu.edu by 5pm on Friday, 23 September:
* a cover letter of up to two single-spaced pages that clearly notes your year and major, why you want the position, what you would like out of the position, and your general career goals
* a resume (this can be informal)
* a writing sample of up to one single-spaced page on any science policy issue answering the question “Why is this issue important to the United States?”
* a statement of up to one single-spaced page on a notional mentoring goal (writing, briefing, teaching, etc) you would want to do