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July 30, 2020

UW Teaching Assistant: PHARM 301 Medications and Health

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

This fall quarter 2020 teaching assistant opportunity is for a UW PHARM 301 course, Medications and Health. The course description is as follows: It’s not all about drugs is a three-credit course designed to introduce undergraduates to a broad range of health concerns including how to identify common conditions, select appropriate treatment options ranging from non-prescription to non-drug therapies, understand when to seek medical advice, prevent adverse effects from the use of medications, adopt strategies encouraging healthier lifestyle habits, and learn the rationale behind conventional and alternative/complementary therapies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the roles of pharmacists in health care. The coursemaster for this course is H. Steve White, PhD. The course will be held virtually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

The TA for this course serves largely as a coordinator and facilitator responsible for such things as:

  1. Preparing upcoming speakers (1–2 weeks ahead of the presentation) and gathering presentation material, questions for the weekly quiz, facilitating active learning activities,
  2. Posting material to the Canvas course site,
  3. Coordinating zoom video sessions and recording,
  4. Working with Course Master to design, publish and grade weekly quizzes,
  5. Generate enthusiasm for upcoming presentations,
  6. Answering questions for students,
  7. Participating with instructors in grading mid-term and final reflections.

This position includes a tuition waiver including the building fee, operating fee, technology fee, and U-Pass fee and is GAIP Insurance eligible. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.


Current UW Masters or PhD student with good communication skills. Desired is proficiency in working within Canvas, an interest in undergraduate education, and pharmacy experience.

Send curriculum vitae or résumé to H. Steve White at with a brief statement of why you are interested and what you would bring to the position. For a pdf version of the job posting, click here.

Note: This appointment is classified as an Academic Student Employee (ASE) position and is governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the University of Washington and UAW Local 4121. The full union contract may be found here: