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

Biology - Posted September 6

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Position Description:

Biology 3440A Ecology of Populations (5 or 10 hours per week). Responsibilities include the following: a) preparation and leadership of labs; b) teaching laboratory exercises; c) grading labs and exam, providing feedback to students. A strong familiarity with population ecology and techniques used in studying them required. Teaching experience and excellent communication skills 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.

Physics and Astronomy (Multiple Positions) - Posted September 7

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Position Description:

  • First Year Physics Laboratory: Several positions available. Positions are for 5 to 10 hours per week, or 70 to 140 hours per term. Duties will include but are not limited to: Conducting first year physics laboratory classes, giving lab introductory talks, grading lab reports, proctoring exams and assisting other lab related activities.

    Required Skills: Applicants are required to be knowledgeable in basic physics laboratory skills and physics concepts at the undergraduate level. A good command of English is a must. Previous experience in the first-year physics teaching is preferred. Previous work in a science or engineering laboratory is also an asset.

  • Physics 1301A/1401A “Introductory Physics I”: One or two positions available. Positions are for 5 to 10 hours per week, or 70 to 140 hours per term. Duties will include but are not limited to: Conducting tutorials for first-year physics and engineering students, answering student questions and concerns, proctoring exams, grading exams.

    Required Skills: A good command of English and a strong understanding of physics concepts at the undergraduate level. A BSc in Physics. Previous experience conducting physics tutorials. Previous experience teaching undergraduate students is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter via email to Brian Davis at bdavis66@uwo.ca.

Biology (Multiple Positions) - Posted September 8

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Position Description:

  • 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: (5 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.

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.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Multiple Positions) - Posted September 19

Application Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

Position Description:

For ES 1036A (4 x 5 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 Bachelors degree in Engineering /Computer Science

For SE 3352A (3 x 5 hour TA position - or 1 x 10 hour + 1x5 hour TA position)

  • Experience in any object-oriented programming language like C#, C++, or Java
  • Hands-on experience on Windows forms and .NET platform
  • Hands-on experience on Data modeling
  • Hands-on experience on Software Design and UML notations
  • Knowledge on software design patterns
  • Require minimum of Bachelors in Software engineering/Computer Science
  • Previous TA/teaching experience in this area 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 . 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.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Michelle Wagler (mwagler6@uwo.ca).

FIMS - Posted September 19

Application Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2016

Position Description:

Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) 1025F-001: First Year Foundations (10 hours per week).

Course Description:
This writing-intensive course provides first-year FIMS students with foundational skills in scholarly research, appropriate evaluation of information sources, and textual, visual, and media analysis. In a combination of lectures and tutorials, students will produce short projects that reflect a number of modes of interpretation and analyze a variety of media.

Duties will include but are not limited to:
instruction, lecturing or supervision in classes and tutorials
preparation of materials or set-up for classes and tutorials
presence at designated lectures,
holding of office hours and meeting with students,
grading of essays/assignments, quizzes, tests and exams
proctoring of exams
employer required training, (including WHMIS and all other necessary health and safety
training; AODA training; TA training)
employer required meetings/training
reading and corresponding electronically with students relevant to the assigned course, and
other teaching related duties

Candidates must demonstrate strong written communication skills as the course is focused on critical thinking, research and writing skills. Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred. Send a current curriculum vitae or resume to Lilianne Dang (ldang4@uwo.ca). 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. 

French Studies - Posted September 20

Application Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

Position Description:

One term half GTA-ship for FRENCH 3201E section 650 (online) and FRENCH 3300 section 650 (online). Five hours per week with responsibilities split between the two courses.

Responsibilities include marking assignments and final exams according to instructions provided by course instructors. Qualifications include: In depth knowledge of SAKAI/OWL software; native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written French and English; experience or training in teaching French as a second language.

Please submit your resume to Dr. Jacques Lamarche at frenchchair@uwo.ca. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor.

Electrical and Computer Engineering - Posted September 21

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Position Description:

MSE 2201 Introduction to Electrical Instrumentation (1 x 5 hour TA position):

  • The candidate should have good experience in electronics and electrical instrumentation, and experience in building and debugging electrical circuits.
  • Previous teaching assistance experience in the Mechatronics System Engineering (MSE) program, or in the Electrical Engineering program, will be an asset.
  • The candidate must be available weekly to assist with the Monday evening labs, and must be available to participate in the weekly Monday morning training sessions. Occasional Thursday and Friday afternoon availability is desirable.
  • The successful candidate will help the students in the lab by debugging students' electrical circuits, grading lab reports, be available for email consultation with students, and assist with proctoring the final exam.
  • Require minimum of Bachelors in Electrical engineering / Mechatronic Systems engineering, or equivalent combination of an related engineering degree and experience.

Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Michelle Wagler (mwagler6@uwo.ca).

FIMS - Posted September 21

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Position Description:

Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) 1020E-001: Introduction to Media, Information and Technoculture (10 hours per week).

Course Description:
This survey course introduces students to the critical study of mediated communication and explores the ways technology, information, and media interact with culture and society. Topics may include: cultural industries, political economy, identity/diversity, promotional culture, the information society, political communication, journalism studies, and social media.

  • instruction, lecturing or supervision in classes and tutorials
  • preparation of materials or set-up for classes and tutorials
  • presence at designated lectures
  • holding of office hours and meeting with students
  • grading of essays/assignments, quizzes, tests and exams
  • proctoring of exams
  • employer required training, (including WHMIS and all other necessary health and safety training; AODA training; TA training)
  • employer required meetings/training
  • reading and corresponding electronically with students relevant to the assigned course
  • other teaching related duties

Candidates must demonstrate strong written communication skills as the course is focused on critical thinking, research and writing skills. Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred. Send a current curriculum vitae or resume to Lilianne Dang (ldang4@uwo.ca). 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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