Head TF and TF opportunities for GENED 1053: The Global Heart Disease Epidemic: Stopping What We Started

April 21, 2020
This course is taught by Professor Richard Lee and will count toward the Science & Technology in Society requirement in the Program in General Education. 
 
Course description:
Heart diseases have killed occasional humans since ancient times, but only in the past century have heart diseases become epidemic throughout the world. In fact, the first description of a heart attack in a human was not until 1912. In the current century, heart diseases will be the leading global cause of death, and the majority of those heart disease deaths will actually occur in the developing world. The epidemic of heart disease has been driven by many social, economic and technological events. Some of these events have been dramatically detrimental to human health, such as the accidental invention of the American cigarette by a slave in North Carolina in the 19th Century—an invention that is projected to kill one billion people between 2000 and 2100. Other events, such as advances in public health and safety, have been beneficial by extending lifespan and preventing early death, but they have also allowed age-related heart diseases to explode. Technological advances have improved our economic productivity but also led to changes in our lifestyles that promote heart diseases. In this course, we will consider the complex relationship of health and society by examining the epidemic in common heart diseases. We will explore how major lifestyle factors such as tobacco, alcohol, exercise and diet affect health, and we will also consider how economics and politics powerfully influence health. We will also discuss the role of government and our obligations to each other, and to future generations.
 
Responsibilities:
TFs in History of Science, Medicine and other relevant concentrations are highly desired. TFs must have strong communication and analytic skills and a motivation to rapidly learn new material. Teaching staff have the primary responsibilities of leading discussions, managing in-class demos, and evaluating written assignments. 
 
The Head TF will supervise and coordinate all TFs, will be responsible for all course-related activities, including assisting with any activities not at the usual course location, managing assignments, grading, timely student feedback, and other tasks reasonably considered within the purview of this role.
 
All teaching staff members are expected to attend all lectures on Monday & Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:15 pm and other course-related events scheduled during the semester. TFs will also teach 1-3 75-minute sections per week (the number and scheduling of sections will depend on student demand and TF availability). Compensation is 0.25 FTE per section; the Head TF position is also paid at 0.25 FTE (Exact Junior and Senior Pay Rates are outlined in the GSAS Handbook).
 
Interested candidates should email Richard Lee (Richard_lee@harvard.edu) with their resume/CV as soon as possible.