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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTAs assist with the teaching of undergraduate courses at Western. In September 2014, a graduate student with a full one-term GTAship will receive a base salary of $4,550 plus the GTA Collective Agreement additional amount of $1,433, paid in four monthly instalments of $358.35 (Article 18.02 of the Collective Agreement). 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, which can be found at Human Resources.

Current TA Opportunities

Faculty of Social Science (one position)

Geography

Geography 2041G - Geography of China

One TA is required for Geography 2041G: Geography of China.

Responsibilities include:  grading quizzes, lab assignments, mid-terms and final exam; and attending lectures.

Preference will be given to those who have taken Geography courses and have a broad knowledge of contemporary China.

Please respond by January 10, 2014 with cover letter and CV to: Lori Johnsonljohns24@uwo.ca

Faculty of Science (several positions)

Department/Program: Applied Mathematics

Application Deadline: 12/22/2014

In compliance with the existing provisions of the Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the GTA Union, PSAC Local 610, the Department of Applied Mathematics would like to inform qualified graduate students that following teaching assistantship positions are available in the department for the winter term. Those Ph.D. graduate students who are currently just beyond their normal TA eligibility period are welcome to apply. Graduate students in Pure and Applied Math, Statistics and Engineering programs will be given preference.  These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. 

Applied Math 1413 Applied Mathematics for Engineers I (5, 7.5 or 10 hours per week) Methods and applications of integration to areas, volumes and engineering applications. Sequences and series, convergence, power series. Vector functions, partial differential calculus, gradients, directional derivatives and applications.  Duties as described for Calc 1301b.

Applied Math 2411 Applied Mathematics for Engineering II (5, 7.5 or 10 hours per week) Topics include ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, multiple integrals, introduction to partial differential equations, and Fourier Series.  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.

Calculus 1301b  (5, 7.5 or 10 hours per week)  Integration by parts, partial fractions, integral tables, geometric series, harmonic series, Taylor series with applications, arc length of parametric and polar curves, first order linear and separable differential equations with applications.  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.

All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor.

Only full-time graduate students are eligible to apply.

It will be assumed that you prefer a TAship of 10 hours a week, if available, unless you indicate otherwise.

Full-time graduate students may hold only 10 hours per week in TAships, from any source, in any term.  If you are eligible for less than 10 hours per week, please indicate this with your application.

Applicants registered in programs outside of pure and applied mathematics, statistics or engineering should indicate in their CV which undergraduate mathematics courses they have taken, and their grades in these courses.

Application deadline: Monday, December 22, 2014. Send a brief curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Lindi Wahl (lwahl@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified when the deadline has passed. 

Department/Program: Biology

Position Description: Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available in the Department of Biology In compliance with the existing provisions of the Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the GTA Union, PSAC Local 610, the Department of Biology would like to inform qualified graduate students that following teaching assistantship positions are available in the department for the fall term. Those Ph.D. graduate students who are currently just beyond their normal TA eligibility period are welcome to apply. Graduate students in Biology programs just beyond their normal TA eligibility period will be given preference.

Biology 2244B Introduction to Statistics (10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include supervision of students in tutorials and marking of assignments. This course covers measurement, sampling, estimation, and statistical hypothesis testing: theory, intuitive background, and practical relevance will be stressed. Applicants require an extensive knowledge of statistics and their biological application. Teaching experience is desired.

Biology 2290G Scientific Methods in Biology (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include teaching, supervision of students in laboratory providing feedback to students, and marking assignments. Applicants require demonstrable skills in writing, and should have teaching experience.

Biology 1002BA/1202BA General Biology Literacy (10 hours per week) Responsibilities will include teaching, marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution.

Biology 1002B/1202B General Biology Laboratory (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities will 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 2581 Genetics (10 hours per week) The primary duty of TAs will be in the delivery of the tutorial content to classes of ~ 25 students.  Good oral communication skills in the English language are required.  There are five tutorial modules: 1) Mendel and Mapping, 2) Sex Determination, 3) Genetic Techniques, 4) Bioinformatics, 5) Systems Biology.   Students attend one tutorial session every second week.  TAs will be required to teach two tutorial sessions every week.  This will include administering end of tutorial quizzes aimed at testing the students? knowledge of the concepts covered.  Duties will also include taking part in tutorial help sessions that will take place before each midterm and the final exam.

Biology 2217B  Plants as Resources (10 hours per week)  Responsibilities include the following: a) carrying out tutorials; b) teaching laboratory exercises; c) grading tests and tutorial reports, providing positive feedback to students.  A strong familiarity with plant biology and techniques used in studying them required. Candidate should also be very familiar with the OWL system.

Biology 3446b Wildlife Ecology and Management  (10 h per week): In the face of expanding human populations and associated habitat alterations, it often becomes necessary to manage for (rare, endangered and threatened species) or against (overabundant populations) wildlife. However, it is imperative that biologists have a good understanding of ecological principles before they can attempt to manage wildlife. Therefore, considerable time is spent discussing the life-history strategies of various wildlife species, as well as extrinsic and intrinsic factors influencing wildlife populations. The application of ecological principles to the management of wildlife species will be discussed, as will current wildlife related issues. TA responsibilities include teaching labs, marking exams, marking assignments, presenting tutorials, and communicating with students. Applicants should have previous teaching assistant experience and be knowledgeable about be knowledgeable about wildlife ecology, management and identification.

Biology 3466b: Evolutionary Genetics (5 h per week):  Main responsibilities include assisting instructor in the computer labs (10) and weekly marking lab reports.  May be asked to proctor final exams.  A working knowledge of population genetics is essential.  TAs who feel that they need a refresher are encouraged to attend the lectures (2/week, on their own time).  A one-hour TA meeting with the instructor is held on Mondays 13:30.

Bio4405G  Ecosystem Ecology (10 h per week). Main responsibilities include marking exams (mid-term and final) and term paper.  Required to proctor the mid-term and final exams.  Also responsible for maintaining on-line forum.

Environmental Science 1021G (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

Bio3229G  Animal Diversity (10 h per week). Main responsibilities include supervision of students in the laboratory. Previous teaching experience along with extensive knowledge of invertebrate anatomy and physiology are requested.

Biology 4582 Investigative Techniques in Genetics(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.

Bio3435G Animal Ecology:The lab component of Animal Ecology 3435 is intended to extend a student?s knowledge of basic ecological principles by focusing on skill development and application. The three skills we work on are statistical analysis and interpretation, modelling of basic ecological problems, and grant writing.  The TA for this course should have knowledge of R programming, be familiar with the benefits of using modelling approaches to solve problems, have excellent writing skills, and excellent knowledge of ecology, natural history, and animal behaviour. In addition, the TA should be comfortable leading data collection activities in the field under winter conditions.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Monday, January 5 , 2015. 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.

Department/Program: Computer Science

Position Description:Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Computer Science 3342b

1 term full GTA-ship contract starting January 1st , 2015 and ending on April 30th, 2015.

Duties:  Duties include marking assignments, tests and examinations; responding to students inquiries over e-mail; in-person student consultation; proctoring final examination; attending employer required teacher training sessions.

Qualifications:  Students must have either completed Computer Science 3342b at Western University or have completed an equivalent course at another institution in good standing, or have demonstratable equivalent experience.  Preference will be given to students with Computer Science or Software Engineering backgrounds.

Position Description:Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Computer Science 3350b

1 term full GTA-ship contract starting January 1st , 2015 and ending on April 30th, 2015.

Duties:  Duties include marking assignments, tests and examinations; responding to students inquiries over e-mail; in-person student consultation; proctoring final examination; attending employer required teacher training sessions.

Qualifications:  Students must have either completed Computer Science 3350b at Western University or have completed an equivalent course at another institution in good standing, or have demonstrable equivalent experience.  Preference will be given to students with Computer Science or Software Engineering backgrounds.

Position Description:Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Computer Science 4483b

1 term full GTA-ship contract starting January 1st , 2015 and ending on April 30th, 2015.

Duties:  Duties include marking assignments, tests and examinations; responding to students inquiries over e-mail; in-person student consultation; proctoring final examination; attending employer required teacher training sessions.

Qualifications:  Students must have either completed Computer Science 4483b at Western University or have completed an equivalent course at another institution in good standing, or have demonstrable equivalent experience.  Preference will be given to students with Computer Science or Software Engineering backgrounds.

Position Description:Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Computer Science 1033b

1 term full GTA-ship contract starting January 1st , 2015 and ending on April 30th, 2015.

Duties:  Duties include marking assignments, tests and examinations; responding to students inquiries over e-mail; in-person student consultation; proctoring final examination; attending employer required teacher training sessions.

Qualifications:  Students must have either completed Computer Science 1033 at Western University or have completed an equivalent course at another institution in good standing, or have demonstrable equivalent experience.  Preference will be given to students with Computer Science or Software Engineering backgrounds.

Position Description:Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Computer Science 1032b

1 term full GTA-ship contract starting January 1st , 2015 and ending on April 30th, 2015.

Duties:  Duties include marking assignments, tests and examinations; responding to students inquiries over e-mail; in-person student consultation; proctoring final examination; attending employer required teacher training sessions.

Qualifications:  Students must have either completed Computer Science 1032 at Western University or have completed an equivalent course at another institution in good standing, or have demonstrable equivalent experience.  Preference will be given to students with Computer Science or Software Engineering backgrounds.

Please submit your resume to Janice Wiersma at janice@csd.uwo.ca no later than December 22, 2014.

Chemistry

Graduate Teaching Assistant positions are available in the Department of Chemistry In compliance with the existing provisions of the Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the GTA Union, PSAC Local 610, the Department of Chemistry would like to inform qualified graduate students that following teaching assistantship positions are available in the department for the fall term. Graduate students in chemistry related programs will be given preference.

Two 140 hour position for Chemistry 1024/1302:Chemistry for Engineers/Discovering Chemical Energetics (Tutorial)

The tutorial component of Chem 1024/1302 of the engineering and general first year chemistry course is intended to allow students to practise the lecture material through problem solving. TAs in this role will be expected to demonstrate and communicate problem solving strategies to the class and assist students one on one during the tutorial session.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or similar/related; a demonstrated ability to explain challenging chemical principles; outstanding teamwork and interpersonal skills; a strong work ethic; and a positive attitude towards student learning.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 12:00 pm Monday, January 5 , 2015. Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Dr. Paul J. Ragogna  pragogna@uwo.ca via the UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. Only those being considered for the position will be contacted for an interview. Interviews may require the candidate to work through and present a set of chemistry problems.

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