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

Women’s Studies and Feminist Research: Posted January 10, 2017

Application Deadline: January 24, 2017

Position Description:

The position requires running two one hour tutorials for the course WS1022G Gender, Justice, Change, grading the assignments (essays, texts etc.) for this course, attending the two hour lecture and holding office hours. The position is for 10 hours of work per week. Expertise in feminist studies is required.

Please submit applications to Betty Thompson, Administrative Assistant in Women's Studies (bthomps@uwo.ca), extension: 84529.

Electrical and Computer Engineering: Posted January 10, 2017

Application Deadline: January 24, 2017

Position Description:

For ES1036B (preferably (3x10 + 1x5) hour TA positions)

- The candidate should have a good experience in C++ programming
- Previous TA/teaching experience in C++ programming will be an asset
- The successful candidate will help the students in the lab by debugging students’ codes, and help the instructor in grading quizzes, midterm and final exams (all the exams are written on paper). Also, s/he needs to hold weekly office-hours, participate in the on-line discussion with the students and attend the meeting called by the instructor.
- Require minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering /Computer Science

If interested, please email Michelle Wagler (mwagler6@uwo.ca) with CV.

Geography: Posted January 10, 2017

Application Deadline: January 24, 2017

Position Description:

1.0 TA – Ontario and the Great lakes – GEOG 2011B

A teaching assistant for a third year course in human geography. The ideal candidate will possess:
- a background in human and/or environmental geography that includes some exposure to regional geography of Canada and familiarity with issues related to water pollution and management strategies
- experience with the Geography of Ontario is essential

Position responsibilities and duties:
- TA’s are expected to mark tests, assignments and map quizzes with answers that include written work
- attendance at office hours to assist students and review marks is also required

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

Geography: Posted January 6, 2017

Application Deadline: January 18, 2017

Position Description:

1.0 TA – Environmental Hazards and Human Health – GEOG 3432B

A teaching assistant for a third year course in human geography. The ideal candidate will possess:
- a background in human geography, or health/environmental science - that includes some exposure to issues of environment and health, climate and/or hazards and risk is preferred
- experience with facilitating tutorial sessions and grading is an important asset

Position responsibilities and duties:
- the applicant must have good communication skills and a willingness to help students with concepts from tutorial and/or class and hold two hours of office hours per week
- TA will be expected to mark assignments and some of the exams which include written work
- facilitating 2 hours of tutorials eight times during the term

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

Classics: Posted January 5, 2017

Application Deadline: January 19, 2017

Position Description:

The Department of Classical Studies invites qualified graduate students to apply to our Graduate Teaching Assistant position for the second half of a first-year survey course of classical civilization. Applicants are required to be knowledgeable in the course content, and the ideal candidate will possess a background in Classical Studies, including some exposure to history, literature, and archaeology (especially of the ancient Roman world).

CS1000-001 Classical Civilization course outline is available on our website.

Position responsibilities and duties:
- be present at all lectures (MWF 11:30-12:30pm)
- prepare materials or set-up of required displays or apparatus for classes
- hold office hours and meeting with students
- proctor exams
- complete employer required training (including WHMIS and all other necessary health and safety training; AODA training; TA training)
- read and correspond electronically with students relevant to the assigned course
- grade term tests
- other teaching related duties

Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter via email to Kathleen Beharrell (kbeharr@uwo.ca).

Geography: Posted January 4, 2017

Application Deadline: January 18, 2017

Position Description:

1.0 TA – Physical Geography – GEOG 1300B

A teaching assistant for a first year (required) course in physical geography. The ideal candidate will possess:
- a background in physical geography – that includes some exposure to climatology, geomorphology and ecosystems (biogeography, soils) is preferred, recognizing that most applicants will have a focus in one of these areas
- experience with field work related to physical geography / environmental science is an asset

Position responsibilities and duties:
- the applicant must have good presentation skills and a willingness to help first year students with quantitative and practical skills
- TAs are expected to mark lab answers that include written work, calculations and graphical analysis.
- attendance at lectures and labs

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

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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