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


Women’s Studies and Feminist Research: Posted April 26, 2018

Application Deadline: May 3, 2018

Position Description:

2203F: Future Sex: Sex and Science Fiction (on-line course) br> Beginning with cutting edge contemporary practices, from sex reassignment surgery to virtual reality, this course will look at the ways in which we imagine the future of gender and sexuality. The focus will be primarily on science fiction texts that provide interesting alternatives to present-day ideas about sex and sexuality.

Responsibilities: With the supervision of the instructor, assist and engage with online discussion. Assist students online and via email. Grading as assigned (including - on-line discussion posts, written responses and/or short essays, final exam). Other course-related duties as required.

Experience required: Experience in grading papers and on-line discussion posts. Familiarity with topic is an asset. Number of hours per week expected: 5 hours per week .

Please forward your application to Betty Thompson at (bthomps2@uwo.ca).

Women’s Studies and Feminist Research: Posted April 26, 2018

Application Deadline: May 3, 2018

Position Description:

WS2244 Women and Health
This is an on-line course which takes a critical, interdisciplinary approach to understanding women's health. The course is organized into six modules with each module covering a topic area that is relevant to women and health. The topics covered in this course are: The Medicalization of Women's Health; Representing Gender and Women's Health; The politics of Reproduction; Diversity and Women's Experiences of Health Care; The Social Determinants of Women's Health; and Women, Work and Health.

Responsibilities: With the supervision of the instructor, assist and engage with online discussion. Assist students online and via email. Grading as assigned (including - on-line discussion posts, written responses and/or short essays, final exam). Other course-related duties as required.

Experience required: Experience in grading papers and on-line discussion posts. Familiarity with topic is an asset. Number of hours per week expected: 10 hours per week.

Please forward your application to Betty Thompson at (bthomps2@uwo.ca).

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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GTA Resources for Programs

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