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

Applied Mathematics (Multiple Positions) - Posted August 19

Application Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016

THIS AD WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN JULY. THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO THE JULY AD BEFORE THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE NEED NOT SUBMIT ANOTHER APPLICATION. CANDIDATES WHO DID NOT MEET THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESPOND TO THIS AD.

Position Description: Several Fall-Term Graduate-student Teaching Assistantships are available in the Department of Applied Mathematics, UWO. Graduate students in Applied Math, Math, Statistics and Engineering programs will be given preference.

Calculus 1000a (5, or 10 hours per week) Introductory calculus. Responsibilities may include supervision of students in tutorials, marking of assignments and quizzes, proctoring of quizzes and exams, and/or office hours for individual student help.

Applied Math 1413 (5, or 10 hours per week) Introductory calculus for Engineering. Responsibilities may include supervision of students in tutorials, marking of assignments and quizzes, proctoring of quizzes and exams, and/or office hours for individual student help.

Send a brief curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Geoff Wild (gwild@uwo.ca). Applicants should indicate whether they prefer 5 or 10 hours per week. Applicants registered in graduate programs outside of pure and applied mathematics, statistics or engineering should indicate in their C.V. which undergraduate mathematics courses they have taken, and their grades in these courses.

Nursing (Multiple Positions) - Posted August 19

Application Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016

Position Description: Fall Term Teaching Assistant positions are available in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing. In compliance with the existing provisions of the Collective Agreement between the University and the UWO-GTA Union, PSAC Local 610, the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing would like to inform qualified graduate students of the following teaching assistantship positions that are available in the department for the fall term.

Teaching Assistant Positions: Holistic Health Assessment (N1080A) Statistical Analysis and Application (N9611A)

Applicants are required to be knowledgeable in course content. Preference will be given to applicants who are registered nurses (for some courses this is an absolute requirement). Positions are 5 or 10 hours per week. Responsibilities may include attending scheduled weekly lecturers and/or labs, being available to address student questions prior to, during or following lectures/labs, assisting in maintaining course web content, assisting in development/preparation of course materials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, posting to OWL, answering 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 assignments and examinations. These positions are subject to course and section enrollment.

Please indicate your availability (hours per week) and your fall course schedule in the cover letter. Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter via email to Shayna McKay at smckay27@uwo.ca.

English (Two Positions) - Posted August 19

Application Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016

Position Description: The Department of English and Writing Studies is seeking TWO (2) graduate teaching assistants for Film Studies 1022, Section 001, Tutorials 011, 012, 015 and 016: Introduction to Film Studies.

Duties may include, among other things, attending lectures and film screenings, leading two tutorials, marking assignments and exams for students in your tutorials, proctoring exams, holding weekly office hours, responding to student emails. The course description and syllabus (once it’s posted) can be found here: http://www.uwo.ca/film/undergraduate/courses.html#first.

Find the date/times of lectures, screenings, and tutorials here: http://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/timetables/mastertt/ttindex.cfm

There are two full GTA assignments available, approx. 10 hours per week, commencing 1 September 2016 and ending 30 April 2017. Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter via email to Leanne Trask, Graduate Assistant (leanne.trask@uwo.ca).

Biology (Multiple Positions) - Posted August 23

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Position Description:

  • Biology 2601A Physiology of Organisms: (10 hours per week) This course replaces 2672A and 2660A/B. Responsibilities include supervision of students in the labs and marking of assignments. Participation in safety training and attendance at weekly meetings is expected. Teaching experience is desired.
  • Biology 2244A Introduction to Statistics: (10 hours per week) TAs may be responsible for the following: leading several computer lab sections (~50 students), marking/providing feedback on written assignments, attending regular course meetings, answering student questions about graded assignments, and/or proctoring exams. Theoretical and applied understanding of statistical concepts (e.g. sampling & study design, probability, summary statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, t-tests, correlation & regression, and ANOVA), clarity in spoken English, and excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills are essential.
  • Biology 3592A Principles of Human Genetics: (10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include teaching, marking (assignments, midterm & final exams), record keeping, attending classes and meetings, and proctoring midterm & final exams. Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully taken Bio 3592A and have experience teaching and knowledgeable in the fields of human genetics.
  • Biology 3594A Genome Organization: (10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include teaching, marking (assignments, midterm & final exams), record keeping, attending classes and meetings, and proctoring midterm & final exams. Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully taken Bio 3592A and have experience teaching and knowledgeable in the fields of human genetics.
  • Environmental Science 1021F: (10 hours per week) The major role of the TA(s) will be to assist the instructor in assessing the writing quality and content of the student’s assignment and evaluating primary and secondary literature used by the students. Therefore, the TA(s) will need a basic knowledge of the science of environmental issues, an ability to differentiate types of literature, including non-scientific literature, and strong writing/editing abilities. The TA(s) will be provided marking rubrics for the assignments. In addition, the TA(s) will be responsible for attending tutorials sessions, grading midterm exams, final exams, completing the literature type quiz and attending and grading the student presentations. Office hours will only be for students to discuss graded assignment issues on an as needed basis. This is an opportunity for one of the TAs to choose to be the head communication TA. The TA who takes on this role will have more hours assigned.

Please email a brief, current CV and a list of relevant course work and teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

English - Posted August 23

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Position Description:

The Department of English and Writing Studies is seeking a graduate teaching assistant for English 1022: Enriched Introduction to English Literature, Tutorials 002 + 003. Duties may include, among other things, attending lectures, leading two tutorials, marking assignments and exams for students in your tutorials, proctoring exams, holding weekly office hours, responding to student emails. The course description and syllabus (once it’s posted) can be found here: http://www.uwo.ca/english/undergraduate/courses/index.html Find the date/times of lectures and tutorials here: http://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/timetables/mastertt/ttindex.cfm This TA assignment, of approx. 10 hours per week, will commence 1 September 2016 and end 30 April 2017.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter via email to Leanne Trask, Graduate Assistant (leanne.trask@uwo.ca).

Biology - Posted August 24

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Position Description:

Biology Bio 3436F Animal Behaviour (5 or 10 hours per week). The TA will assist in laboratory preparation and breakdown (clean up) in the three lab courses as needed. Knowledge of animal behaviour is essential, and teaching experience is desired.

The position is subject to course and section enrollment.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified after the deadline has passed.

Sociology - Posted August 24

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Position Description:

The Department of Sociology is seeking a graduate student to assist with Introductory Sociology (SOC 1020). Duties would primarily include conducting three one-hour tutorials per week, lecture attendance (Thursdays 4:30-6:30), and holding weekly office hours. The successful candidate must be able to conduct tutorials on Wednesday afternoons (1:30-2:30, 2:30-3:30, 3:30-4:30).

This is a full GTA for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 terms.

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

Biology (Multiple Positions) - Posted August 25

Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016

Position Description:

  • Biology 3326F/G Cell Biology Laboratory: (10 hours per week) is a lab-only course that provides hand-on training in current cell biological methods such as animal cell culture, microscopy, cell adhesion, karyotype analysis, PCR, SDS-PAGE, cytochemistry, fluorescence staining of cellular organelles, immunostaining, and bioimaging. An important part of this discovery-based course focuses on application of the mentioned methods to study changes in protein expression and cytoskeleton organization in cells exposed to microenvironmental stress conditions. Graduate students who are familiar with these methods are encouraged to apply. The main duties will include supervision of undergraduate students in the lab (4 h per week) and marking their participation, labnotebooks, help with microscopy, etc.
  • Biology 3355A: (10 hours per week) Molecular Cell Biology of Stress This is a lecture course will cover a range of environmental, physiological, and pathological stresses common to animal systems. The focus will be on evolutionary conserved cell stress responses, individual signaling pathways and the molecules controlling the action of specific stress stimuli. Teaching assistant in this course will be leading tutorials, mark student's powerpoint presentations, and help with marking the written parts of midterm and final exams.

These positions are subject to course and section enrolment.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified after the deadline has passed.

First Nations Studies - Posted August 25

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Position Description:

The First Nations Studies Program seeks one graduate teaching assistant for FNS 1020E Introduction to First Nations Studies (September-April GTAship). Applicants should have an academic background in Indigenous Studies or related fields of study and will ideally have demonstrated teaching or coursework experience in a related field.

Please note that this is a full GTA position (2 terms, 140 hours of work per term, approximately 10 hours per week); therefore we cannot hire students who will graduate in Fall Term 2016 or who already hold full or partial GTA appointments for 2016-17.

Please email a brief, current CV and a list of relevant course work and teaching experience to Susan Hill (shill26@uwo.ca) by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Biochemistry - Posted August 26

Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016

Position Description:

1) The section of BCH4410A that requires an instructor focuses on the impact of transposable elements on genome evolution and mechanisms of host regulation of transposable elements. Teaching this section of the course at a level that is appropriate for 4th-year students will require that the instructor has detailed understanding of:
  • Transposon biology
  • Transposon mechanisms
  • Techniques associated with measuring gene expression such as: RNA-seq, qRT-PCR, Northern analysis and microarray analysis
  • Techniques associated with characterizing RNA molecules at the structural level such as: 5’ and 3’ RACE, RNA structure-probe analysis, protein-RNA footprinting, RNase protection assay, primer extension assay
  • Techniques associated with mapping positions of epigenetic modifications such as ChIP and co-IPs
  • Small RNA-directed regulation of gene expression in bacteria
  • siRNA and piRNA pathways for regulating eukaryotic transposable elements
  • Epigenetic gene silencing
  • Primary literature of RNA-based regulation of transposon expression, which includes knowledge of the papers that created the framework for our understanding of piRNA pathways in insects, plants and mammals

2) Prior experience as a TA in Biochemistry 4410A or equivalent course is required.

3) Completion of TA and/or Instructor training courses (offered by Western’s Teaching Support Centre or equivalent)

4) Additional experience as a TA in courses that are pre-requisites for Biochemistry 4410A including Biochemistry 2280A and Biochemistry 3381A would be an asset.

Anticipated time commitment: 70 hours

Applicants should submit a short CV to the course Coordinator, Dr. David Haniford, (haniford@uwo.ca).

Biology - Posted August 29

Application Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2016

Position Description:

Biology 4355 Biology of Ageing (5 hours per week). The TA will attend all lectures, mark assignments, short answer and essay format exams, keep records of attendance and grades, and hold office hours to assist students with course content. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching and have extensive knowledge in the field of ageing research.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified after the deadline has passed.

Biology (Multiple Positions) - Posted August 29

Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016

Position Description:

  • Biology 2290F Scientific Methods in Biology: (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, providing feedback to students, and marking assignments. Applicants require demonstrable skills in writing, and should have teaching experience.
  • Biology 2483A Introduction to Ecology Tutorials: (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of ecology and evolution.
  • Biology 1001A/1201A General Biology Laboratory: (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities include pre-lab talks, marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution. Knowledge of safety in the laboratory is a must.
  • Biology 1001A/1201A Literacy Tutorials: (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching and assisting students with activities, marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution.
  • Biology 4259F Hypothesis Testing: (10 hours per week) The position requires familiarity with experimental design techniques commonly used in biology. It requires knowledge of the appropriate use of common univariate statistical techniques. Some knowledge of multivariate techniques would also be helpful. The TA should have some familiarity with programming language.
  • Biology 4583A Investigative Techniques in Genetics: (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include teaching, supervision of students in laboratory providing feedback to students, and marking assignments. Applicants require extensive experience in genetic testing methods and techniques in supervising students in labs.

These positions are subject to course and section enrolment.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified after the deadline has passed.

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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