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
(September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(September 1, 2016 – August 31 2017)

140 hours @ $43.18/hr = $6,045.20 base compensation

Term rate x 4% vacation pay = $241.81

Term Rate inclusive of vacation pay = $6,287.01

Monthly Rate inclusive of vacation pay = $1,571.75

140 hours @ $43.61/hr = $6,105.40 base compensation

Term rate x 4% vacation pay = $244.22

Term Rate inclusive of vacation pay = $6,349.62

Monthly Rate inclusive of vacation pay = $1,587.41

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.

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Current TA Opportunities

Management and Organizational Studies: Posted December 2, 2016

Application Deadline: December 16, 2016

Position Description:

Winter Term
Teaching Assistant positions are available in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies.

Teaching Assistants Positions:
• Introduction to Management and Organizational Studies I (MOS 1021A/B)
(Human Resource Management and Consumer Behavior)

Position Description:
Applicants should be knowledgeable in the fields of Human Resource Management and Consumer Behavior. 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 lecturers, maintaining up-to-date lecture/course notes, available to address student questions prior to, during or following lectures, help to prepare and setup Power Point slides and video materials, assist in maintaining course web content, including editing/updating course syllabus, assisting in development/preparation of course materials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, posting to Sakai Owl 2, answer students questions electronically, attending office hours and scheduled meeting with students, organizing and overseeing online quizzes, assisting in the preparation of examinations, photocopying and proctoring examinations and assisting with the marking of examinations. Other administrative duties will include keeping track of student’s attendance and participation and other student issues such as illness, missed tests or examination, student reviews of tests or examinations and students with accommodations with Student Development Services.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm December 16, 2016. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

Geography: Posted December 1, 2016

Application Deadline: December 14, 2016

Position Description:

0.5 TA - Groundwater Hydrology - GEOG 3342B

A teaching assistant for a senior level course in physical geography. The ideal candidate will possess:

* a background in hydrology and groundwater;

* intermediate skills with Excel;

* an interest in water resources and groundwater management, and

* a passion for teaching.

Position responsibilities and duties will include:

* attendance at lectures and labs

* marking

If interested, please email Lori Johnson - ljohns24@uwo.ca, with CV.

Sociology: Posted December 1, 2016

Application Deadline: December 15, 2016

Position Description:

The Department of Sociology is seeking a graduate student to assist with Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1021E). Duties would include conducting a one-hour tutorial each week, marking essays and assignments, exam proctoring, holding weekly office hours, and other duties as required. The successful candidate must be able to conduct a tutorial on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm. A background in Sociology is preferred but not essential.

This is a full GTA (10 hours/week) for the Winter 2017 term.

Please submit a CV and a list of relevant course work and teaching experience to Denise Statham (statham@uwo.ca).

French Studies: Posted November 28, 2016

Application Deadline: December 12, 2016

Position Description:

FRENCH3201E section 650 (online) and FRENCH 3300 section 650 (online). Five hours per week with responsibilities split between the two courses.

One term half GTA-ship contract for marking starting January 1st, 2017 and ending on April 30th, 2017.

Duties include marking assignments and final exams according to instructions provided by course instructors.

Qualifications include: In depth knowledge of SAKAI/OWL software; native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written French and English; experience or training in teaching French as a second language.

Please submit your resume to Dr. Jacques Lamarche at (frenchchair@uwo.ca) no later than December 12, 2016.

French Studies: Posted November 28, 2016

Application Deadline: December 12, 2016

Position Description:

FRENCH2208B section 650 (online). Five hours per week.

One term half GTA-ship contract for marking starting January 1st, 2017 and ending on April 30th, 2017.

Duties include marking assignments and final exams according to instructions provided by course instructor.

Qualifications include: In depth knowledge of SAKAI/OWL software; native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written French and English; experience or training in teaching French as a second language.

Please submit your resume to Dr. Jacques Lamarche at (frenchchair@uwo.ca) no later than December 12, 2016.

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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