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.

A GTA may:

  • proctor exams
  • conduct field trips
  • work with students in lectures and tutorials
  • prepare materials or set-up required displays or apparatus for classes, tutorials and laboratories
  • grade essays, assignments, laboratory reports, tutorials and term tests
  • 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.  A GTA works directly with students as they try to decide how they will use their new knowledge after they graduate.

One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2019)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020)
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

  • Only full-time registered graduate students are eligible to hold a GTA appointment at Western University.
  • These postings are in compliance with Article 13.06 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.
  • Full-time graduate students may hold only 10 hours per week in TAships, from any source, in any term.

Physics: Posted December 12, 2018

Application Deadline: January 4, 2010

Position Description:

First Year Physics Laboratory, Winter Term, 2019.

Positions are for 10 hrs per week (140 hrs 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: Knowledgeable in basic physics laboratory skills and physics concepts at the undergraduate level. A good command of English. Previous experience in the first-year physics lab is preferred. Previous work in a science or engineering laboratory is also an asset.

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

Geography: Posted December 7, 2018

Application Deadline: January 7, 2018

Position Description:

The Department of Geography is currently recruiting for qualified Graduate Teaching Assistants for the following courses:

GEOG 2010B - Geography of Canada
Responsibilities include:
* attending lectures
* marking of: essays, reports, assignments, quizzes, exams
* holding office hours
* proctoring

GEOG 2152G - Geography of Hazards
Responsibilities include:
* attending lectures
* marking of: essays, reports, assignments, quizzes, exams
* holding office hours
* proctoring

Only full-time graduate students are eligible to hold a GTA appointment.
If you feel you qualify for either of the above posted positions, please contact me, via email, and include your CV.

Lori Johnson (ljohns24@uwo.ca)

Biology: Posted December 7, 2018

Application Deadline: January 11, 2018

Position Description:

Correction and Addendum to posting dated November 11, 2019.

PhD candidates who are currently just beyond their normal TA eligibility period are welcome to apply. Graduate students in Biology programs will be given preference.

Biology 1001B/1201B (10 hours per week)
Duties are separated into Session A "Tutorial" and Session B "Lab"

Session A

This is a “tutorial” environment with one TA leader for each section of 40 students. The program is organized into five Modules that each play out over 2 weeks. TAs with full (140 hr) appointments typically have five, 2 hr, sessions over the 2-week period of each Module. Each session generates 2 hr of out-of-class grading (usually online). There are biweekly 1 hr organizational meetings followed by 2 hr of prep time. There will be 8 hrs of marking for the Final Exam on one designated day during the exam period. Proctoring within the course is typically one Term Test and the Final Exam.

Session B

This is a “wet lab” environment with two TA leaders for each section of 40 students. The program is organized into five Modules that each play out over 2 weeks. TAs with full (140 hr) appointments typically have five, 3.5 hr, sessions over the 2-week period of each Module. There is no out-of-class grading. There are biweekly 2 hr organizational meetings followed by 2 hr of prep time. There will be 8 hrs of marking for the Final Exam on one designated day during the exam period. There will be roughly 4 hr of diverse administrative work over the term as assigned. Proctoring within the course is typically three Term Tests and the Final Exam.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019. Send the following information INLINE (NO ATTACHMENTS) via UWO email server only. Full name,.uwo email, local phone contact, current program and status, name of supervisor with contact number and email, name of grad chair (if applicable) with contact number and email, brief description of subject background and teaching experience (or equivalent) PLUS the course number(s) to which you would like to apply. Applications that do not meet the above requirements or do not have the consent of supervisor will not be considered.

NOTE: Candidates who applied by December 7 will be updated via email, Please inform me if your choices have changed, Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca), and I will revise your application.

Computer Science: Posted December 6, 2018

Application Deadline: December 20, 2018

Position Description:

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm, December 20, 2018. Send an up to date curriculum vitae or resume of relevant experience to Janice Wiersma (janice@csd.uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified after the deadline has passed.

CS 1033 - MULTIMEDIA AND COMMUNICATION I

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in web page development and the use of Adobe tools.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 1032 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS & DESIGN

Preference will be given to applicants with basic programming knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access and Excel. Familiarity with HTML and XML code is also an asset.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 2033 - MULTIMEDIA AND COMMUNICATION II

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in web page development and the use of Adobe tools.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 2034 – DATA ANALYTICS: PRINCIPLES & TOOLS

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in Excel and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

CS 2208 - COMPUTER ORGANIZATION

Preference will be given to applicants with programming knowledge and experience with Assembly language, as well as machine language encoding/decoding.

Responsibilities include attending group meetings with the instructors, instructing hands-on labs, marking of assembly programming as well as concept assignments and exams, consultation (electronically and through office hours), exam proctoring, and posting of marks to Sakai Owl 2.

All positions will be for 140 hours or an average of 10 hours per week. A TA must be available to proctor final exams and marking the final exam if necessary.

Biology: Posted November 28, 2018

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

Position Description:

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. 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’ know ledge 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 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.

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. Office hours will be only for students to discuss graded assignment issues on an as needed basis.

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

Biology 1001B/1201B First year biology labs(5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities include pre-lab talks, in-lab assistance, teaching and assisting students with activities, marking assignments/exams, and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution. Mandatory meeting every other Friday afternoon (labs).

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019. Send the following information INLINE (NO ATTACHMENTS) via UWO email server, to Patricia Gray at (tgray5@uwo.ca). Full name, local phone contact (UWO extension if available), current program and status, name of supervisor (or equivalent) with contact number and email, name of grad chair (if applicable) with contact number and email, brief description of subject background and teaching experience (or equivalent) PLUS the course number(s) to which you would like to apply. Applications that do not meet the above requirements or do not have the consent of supervisor 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

Additional Details

Definition The employment contract between a registered full-time graduate student and the Employer for assisting in supervised teaching-related duties listed as per the collective agreement
Compensation Rate Defined by collective agreement
Employment Deductions and Benefit Changes Regular deductions - Tax, CPP, EI etc., 13%
CRA Tax Treatment Regular income, 100% taxable, reported on T4 tax receipt
Posting Required? No Posting Required
System Paid Through HR Payroll system, Online Appointment Process
Job Code; When Paid X0200; Monthly or weekly
Employment Contract Requirements for International Students www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sin/employers/contract.shtml
More Details grad.uwo.ca/faculty_staff/teaching_assistantships.htm

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