Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) make an important contribution to the quality of undergraduate education at Western University. GTAs inspire, encourage and guide students who embark on a learning journey in hundreds of programs in our 11 faculties across campus.  They work with students in lectures and tutorials; proctor exams; conduct field trips; prepare materials or set-up required displays or apparatus for classes, tutorials and laboratories; grade essays, assignments, laboratory reports, tutorials and term tests; and answer students’ questions through meetings or office hours.  A GTA acts as a resource and a mentor to students as they grapple with theories in all disciplines, and as they try to decide how they will use the knowledge they learn from them after they graduate.

One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(2017-09-01 – 2018-08-31)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(2018-09-01 – 2019-08-31)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(2019-09-01 – 2020-08-31)
Base Compensation 140 hours @ $44.48/hr = $6,227.20 140 hours @ $45.15/hr = $6,321.00 140 hours @ $45.83/hr = $6,416.20
Vacation Pay Term rate x 4% = $249.09 Term rate x 4% = $252.84 Term rate x 4% = $256.65
Term Rate inclusive of vacation pay $6,476.29 $6,573.84 $6,672.85
Monthly Rate inclusive of vacation pay $1,619.07 $1,643.46 $1,668.21

Employment of registered graduate students as graduate teaching assistants is governed by the provisions of The Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Current TA Opportunities


DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies: Posted August 13, 2018

Application Deadline: August 27, 2018

Position Description:

Fall Term - Introduction to Management and Organizational Studies I (MOS 1021A/B) (Human Resource Management and Consumer Behavior) – Two positions

Applicants must be knowledgeable in the fields of Human Resource Management and Consumer Behaviour. Familiarity with First Year Management and Organizational Studies content and comfort with online communication, OWL, and databases for managing marks are assets.

(10 hours per week) Responsibilities may include attending weekly lectures, maintaining up-to-date lecture/course notes, addressing student questions prior to and following lectures, assisting in maintaining course web content, assisting in development/preparation of course and exam materials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, responding to student questions on OWL and via e-mail, proctoring exams and make-up exams, holding office hours and scheduling meetings with students, assisting in the preparation and marking of examinations, reviewing exams with students.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm August 27, 2018. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of relevant experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies: Posted August 13, 2018

Application Deadline: August 27, 2018

Position Description:

Fall Term - Introduction to Accounting and Finance (MOS 1023A) - Two positions

Applicants must be knowledgeable in both the fields of Finance and Accounting (including intro level accounting, management accounting, and assurance). Candidates with strong skills and knowledge in the field of accounting will be given priority over those candidates who are more specialized in the field of finance. Familiarity with First Year Management and Organizational Studies content and comfort with online communication, OWL and Excel will be assets.

(10 hours per week) Responsibilities may include attending scheduled weekly lectures, maintaining up-to-date lecture/course notes, being available to address student questions prior to, during or following lectures, assisting in maintaining course web content, assisting in development/preparation of course materials including tutorials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, posting to Sakai Owl 2, answering students’ questions electronically, attending office hours and scheduled meetings with students, assisting in the preparation of examinations, proctoring examinations, assisting in answering student questions during examinations, and reviewing examinations with students.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm August 27, 2018. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of relevant experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

Applied Mathematics: Posted August 7, 2018

Application Deadline: August 21, 2018

Position Description:

A small number of GTAs may be available for graduate students outside the department of applied mathematics,mainly for the first year courses in calculus and linear algebra. Interested people should apply by emailing to Dr Xingfu Zou at (xzou@uwo.ca). The email should 1) serve as a cover letter indicating if the applicant is applying for a full TA (10 hours per week) or a half TA (5 hours per week); 2) have a brief CV attached (containing the major undergraduate math courses (with grades) they took, and their previous TA experience).

The applicant should ask his/her supervisor (or graduate chair or coordinator for those course based master students) to send a reference to Dr. Zou, with the following information: (A) In subject line, enter “Reference for (your name)’s GTA application in Applied Math”; (B) In the text, state your status (Master’s or Ph.D Program, what year, expected completion time); State whether or not he/she approves you to do a full TA (10 hours a week), or half TA (5 hours a week) in Applied Math department.

Computer Science: Posted August 1, 2018

Application Deadline: August 14, 2018

Position Description:

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm August 14, 2018. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of relevant experience to Janice Wiersma (janice@csd,uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

CS 1026 - COMP SCI FUNDAMENTALS I

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong knowledge of the Python programming language.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 1033 - MULTIMEDIA AND COMMUNICATION I

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in web page development and the use of Adobe tools.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 1032 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS & DESIGN

Preference will be given to applicants with basic programming knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access and Excel. Familiarity with HTML and XML code is also an asset.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 1037 - COMP SCI FUNDAMENTALS II

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong knowledge of the C++ programming language.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

Biology: Posted July 25, 2018

Application Deadline: August 8, 2018

Position Description:

2 full-time TAs (140 h)

Aug 18 –Sept 3 (plus 1 or 2 days before and after). Classes begin Sept 6.
Location: Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's NB

Requirements:
1) Valid driver's licence, competence with highway driving, and eligible to be on the Biology drivers' list.
2) Eligible for TA positions.
3) Permission from supervisor to be away from campus for this period.
4) Good people skills.

Preferences (but not requirements):
1) People whose research prevents them from TAing during the regular academic year.
2) Experience working in field environments.
3) Experience with this course or marine/intertidal biology.
4) First Aid training.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Send an updated (BRIEF) resume of teaching and relevant experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only.

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GTA Training Programs

Lead TA

The Lead TA program is a new initiative on campus to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level. Sponsored by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), in collaboration with several Faculties on campus, it provides outstanding graduate students with an opportunity to apply their interest, teaching experience, and training beyond traditional TA duties.

During this pilot year, the program will position Lead TAs in 8 departments across campus where they will develop discipline focused TA training activities. By facilitating workshops, developing resources, and offering peer feedback through classroom observations, Lead TAs will serve as mentors, coaches, and liaisons for TAs in their home department.

This initiative to improve the teaching effectiveness of TAs at a departmental level complements the general, interdisciplinary TA training offered by the Teaching Support Centre (TSC).  In order to support the Lead TAs in their own professional development during the year, the TSC will provide ongoing training and resources to the group on facilitation, peer mentoring and teaching excellence.

The Lead TA pilot program is a result of collaboration between the SGPS, the Faculties, the GTA Union and the TSC.  If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Mihaela Harmos.

TATP - Teaching Assistant Training Program

The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, two-and-a-half- day session taught by current Teaching Assistants (TAs) and designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers. Learn about fair grading practices, diversity in the classroom, lecturing, and giving students feedback on written work. Choose from concurrent sessions designed to meet your specific discipline-related teaching needs. Get real-time, hands-on teaching experience in our unique micro-teaching sessions, where you can try out your teaching skills and techniques with a small group of your peers and receive helpful, constructive feedback. At the end of the session, you’ll receive a certificate as evidence of your commitment to the development of your knowledge and skill as a teacher.

For more information: http://www.uwo.ca/tsc/graduate_student_programs/tatp.html

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