A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Position Available: Outreach Assistant
The USC US-China Institute (USCI) is seeking a USC graduate student to assist in our teacher training program. USCI provides in-service training to teachers at USC, in local school districts, and via the web. The graduate assistant will be responsible for coordinating this effort, working under the direction of USCI staff to organize seminars, weekend workshops, and online programs. The assistant will be responsible for advertising these opportunities, recruiting teacher participants, and coordinating programs with school districts and other off-campus partners.
Because of the important public nature of these programs, the assistant must be pleasant and professional at all times. An ability to speak and write clearly in English and to work effectively with a wide variety of people is essential.
The assistant will need to be present at each teacher training session. Virtually all of the seminars and workshops are in the evening and on weekends (1 evening a week and a few Saturdays throughout the semester). The assistant will need to purchase and deliver curriculum materials and refreshments to program sites. All program expenses and mileage are reimbursed.
Proficiency with standard office software is required. An interest in improving teaching about East Asia is required. Strong knowledge of one or more East Asian histories, cultures, and contemporary societies is helpful but not required. An interest in instructional materials and techniques is also helpful but not required. Students interested in East Asia and pre-collegiate education are especially encouraged to apply. Details about our existing programs are available in the K-12 Curriculum section of our website (china.usc.edu).
To apply, please email Venus Saensradi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and any experience or skills that particularly qualify you for it. Include a resume and contact information.
This position is available immediately. The initial term is through Fall 2014, though good performance could result in the position being extended through the 2014-2015 academic year.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.