Graduate Teaching Assistantship

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
Until a new GTA collective agreement is in place, the rates of pay for Sept. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2020 will remain in effect.


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.

Geography: Posted January 13, 2021 (1 Position)

Application Deadline: January 26, 2021

Position Description:

1.0 TA – Remote Sensing – GEOG 2230B – February 1/21-April 30/21

This course is an introduction to the principles, techniques, and geographic applications of remote sensing systems, including: computer processing of remote sensing digital data; and interface of remote sensing data with geographic information systems. Applicants should have teaching and/ or academic experience in geography or adjacent disciplines and will ideally have demonstrated teaching or coursework experience in the subject matter.

Information is available on the Geography Department website:

Position responsibilities and duties will include:

  • marking of: tests, assignments and quizzes with answers that include written work;
  • moderating forum discussions;
  • virtual attendance at office hours to assist students and review marks, as needed; and
  • other duties as assigned by instructor.

If interested, please email Lori Johnson -, with CV.

Physics: Posted January 8, 2021 (1 Position)

Application Deadline: January 22, 2021

Position Description:

1 position available for 5/hrs per week, 70 hours for the term
Integrated Science 3001G - Materials and Biomaterials


- Currently enrolled in a graduate program at Western

- Strong background in Materials and Biomaterials (evidenced by coursework or thesis work in the area)

- Strong written English skills, as this is an essay course.

Expected Duties:

- Grading quizzes

- Meeting (virtually) with students to answer their questions on course content

- Grading preliminary work for projects (such as proposals)

Please send a CV to Brian Davis ( via your UWO email account only. Communicate via email only, please.

Physics: Posted January 7, 2021 (2 positions)

Application Deadline: January 21, 2021

Position Description:
2 Positions: 1 140 hours (10hr/wk); 1 70 hours (5hr/wk)

Integrated Science 1001X Laboratory TA


- Currently enrolled in a graduate program at Western

- Strong background in Physics, Astrophysics, Medical Biophysics, or similar

Expected Duties:

- Demonstrate laboratory techniques and assist students with laboratory experiments

- Mark assignments, lab reports, and other assessments

- Answer student questions about laboratory material

- Proctoring

- Other duties assigned

***This is an in-person position, with some online components. IF we remain closed through lockdown, it’ll be completely online***

Please send a CV to Brian Davis ( via your UWO email account only. Communicate via email only, please.

GTA Training Programs

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:

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
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