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

Only full-time registered graduate students are eligible to hold a GTA appointment at Western University.  These postings are in compliance with Article 13.05 D) of the collective agreement. For a student who is external to the hiring department/program they may require their thesis supervisor's approval before accepting the GTA position. 

Physics and Astronomy (multiple positions) - Apr. 6

Deadline: Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Position Descriptions: Several Teaching Assistant positions are available during the summer term, May to August, 2016 for work in the following courses: Astronomy 1011A; Physics 1028A; Physics 1029B; Physics 1301A; Physics 1302B and the first year physics laboratory.

  • Astronomy 1011A: TA hours: 50 - 65 hrs per TA; Two TA positions. Period of the TA contract: May 2, 2016 - June 25, 2016 Astronomy 1011A is an online course and the duties will include but are not limited to: adding and modifying the OWL content (e.g. quizzes, forums, assignments), experience and proficiency in OWL teaching tools, grading projects, assignments and exams, willing to work on evenings and weekends, working with external teaching platforms (such as Mastering Astronomy), communicating with students via email and OWL, proctoring exams and assisting in the running of a course.
  • Physics 1028A: TA hours: 20 hrs; One TA position. Period of the TA contract: May 2, 2016 - June 25, 2016. Physics 1028A and 1029B are online courses and the duties will include but are not limited to: answering questions from students related to course material and other course related inquiries in OWL forum, proctoring exams, communicating with students via email and OWL, and assisting in the running of a course. Experience and proficiency in OWL teaching tools are required.
  • Physics 1029B: TA hours: 20 hrs; One TA position. Period of the TA contract: June 13, 2016 - August 10, 2016. Physics 1028A and 1029B are online courses and the duties will include but are not limited to: answering questions from students related to course material and other course related inquiries in OWL forum, proctoring exams, communicating with students via email and OWL, and assisting in the running of a course. Experience and proficiency in OWL teaching tools are required.
  • Physics 1301A: TA hours: 70 hours; One TA position. Period of the TA contract: May 2, 2016 - June 25, 2016. Physics 1028A and 1029B are online courses and the duties will include but are not limited to: answering questions from students related to course material and other course related inquiries in OWL forum, proctoring exams, communicating with students via email and OWL, and assisting in the running of a course. Experience and proficiency in OWL teaching tools are required.
  • Physics 1302B: TA hours: 70 hours; One TA position. Period of the TA contract: June 13, 2016 - August 10, 2016. Duties for Physics 1301A and Physics 1302B courses will include but are not limited to: Conducting tutorial classes, grading tutorial quizzes, midterms and finals, holding office hours and helping students with physics problems, proctoring exams, communicating with students via email and OWL, entering marks and uploading files on OWL and assisting in the running of a course.
  • First Year Physics Laboratory: Physics 1301A and 1028A labs will be held in the weekend: May 28 & 29. Period of the lab TA contract: May 26 to May 31. Physics 1302B and 1029B labs will be held in the weekend: July 9 & 10. Period of the lab TA contract: July 7 to July 12. Laboratory TA hours: 20 - 35 hours per TA per lab weekend. Several positions are available. First Year Physics Laboratory duties will include but are not limited to: conducting first year physics laboratory classes, giving lab introductory talks, grading lab reports and assisting other lab related activities.

Applicants are required to be knowledgeable in basic physics laboratory skills and physics concepts at the undergraduate level. Based on the availability of the TAs, lab TAs may be assigned for proctoring midterm and/or final exams for the above courses between May and August, 2016. Previous experience TAing the course(s) being applied for is required. All TA hours are subject to sufficient enrolment in courses and final budgetary approval.

Application deadline: Wednesday April 6, 2016. Interested applicants should submit a CV, cover letter and supervisor agreement form via email to Brian Davis at bdavis66@uwo.ca. Applications without a signed supervisor agreement form will not be considered.

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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