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.

Anatomy and Cell Biology: Posted July 16, 2020

Application Deadline: July 23, 2020

Position Description:

MEDS 1137:

Depending on the COVID-19 situation the TAship for medicine will consist of the following responsibilities:

Traditional Face-to Face Labs: Facilitate a self-directed dissection laboratory for ~12 students split up into 2 cadaveric dissection tables. Responsible for set-up of any necessary specimens and ensuring the students clean their table after dissection.

Limited Face-to-Face Labs: Set-up station with all necessary specimens, facilitate a review laboratory, answer all student questions, assess students on anatomy curricular outcomes prior to students leaving station, and cleaning up station after the lab.

Virtual labs: Facilitate case-based discussions regarding anatomical and physiological concepts via Zoom with ~12 students.

Virtual Assessment Grading: Grading case-based presentations developed by the students.

Experience Required:

Experience teaching cadaveric anatomy and experience taking an in-depth cadaveric course is mandatory. Experience teaching cadaveric anatomy in a undergraduate medical curriculum is an asset.

Number of hours per week: This is an 140 hour TA over the full academic year. However, the time will not be spread evenly over the weeks. Some weeks will have a heavy teaching load and some weeks will have zero hours of workload. However, the total time dedicated to teaching within UME will not exceed 140 hours.

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to Kimberly Catalano (kimberly.catalano@schulich.uwo.ca)

Anatomy and Cell Biology: Posted July 16, 2020

Application Deadline: July 23, 2020

Position Description:

5160/5185/5186 Systemic Anatomy/COre Biology/Head & Neck Anatomy

The dental responsibilities the courses they would support is D5185 (Core Biology - first full week of class), D5160 (systemic anatomy - starting in October), and D5186 (head and neck starting in October).

Responsibilities:
- aid professors in creation, monitoring, and updating online lecture and laboratory materials.
- this may entail creating online learning materials with professorial oversight to achieve course objectives
- creating and or marking online quizzes
- monitoring official OWL online course discussions, this could include virtual office hours, online forums, the use of Voicethread forums,and potentially other novel learning environments used to supplement student learning and generate course assessments and grades
- if face to face (f2f) learning or assessment environments are enabled, the TA will need to be present to invigilate
- if f2f laboratories are enabled, the TA will have student learning facilitation roles that will be discussed prior to the laboraatory in a group meeting

Experience Req:
- MSc or greater in anatomical sciences with dissection experience as an asset
- knowledge of broad-based gross anatomy and functional physiology for core biology (D5185) and systemic anatomy (D5160) support
- deeper specific head and neck anatomical knowledge are required for head and neck anatomy (D5186) - laboratory techniques, minor dissection, and laboratory safety practices are required for all courses - experience with anatomical pedagogic techniques in both small group and online environments will be an asset

Number of Hours Per Week: 
- this is variable depending on the course and timing of events in the course however the TA hours will not exceed 140 total for the year

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to Kimberly Catalano (kimberly.catalano@schulich.uwo.ca).

Public Health: Posted July 16, 2020

Application Deadline: July 30, 2020

Position Description:

Position Description:
The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) has a Fall/Winter Teaching Assistant (140 hours) position available for MPH 9015 – Public Health Practice.

The TA will focus on providing in-depth feedback to approximately sixty MPH students on their writing abilities through their individual written deliverables (about 7 per term). In addition the TA will be available for drop in hours to provide MPH students with individual guidance on their writing skills on an as needed basis. Lastly, if there is demand, the TA will lead writing workshops on topics such as:

1. Writing Process
2. Grammar skills and punctuation
3. Editing and proofreading
4. Writing clearly and concisely

Qualifications:
Preference will be given to individuals with an undergraduate degree in English and/or pursuing a PhD in English from the Department of English and Writing Studies.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Amardeep Thind at (publichealth@schulich.uwo.ca) with an updated CV or resume and a two page writing sample.

DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies: Posted July 13, 2020

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

Position Description:

Fall Term 2020-2021 (September-December 2020)
Two Teaching Assistant positions are available in DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies.

Teaching Assistants Positions:
• Introduction to Accounting and Finance (MOS 1023A)

Applicants must be knowledgeable in both the fields of Finance and Accounting (including intro level accounting, management accounting, and assurance). Candidates with strong skills and knowledge in the field of accounting will be given priority over those candidates who are more specialized in the field of finance. Familiarity with First Year Management and Organizational Studies content and comfort with online communication, OWL and Excel will be assets.

(10 hours per week) Responsibilities may include attending scheduled weekly lectures (Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm), maintaining up-to-date lecture/course notes, being available to address student questions prior to, during or following lectures, assisting in maintaining course web content, assisting in development/preparation of course materials including tutorials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, posting to Sakai Owl 2, answering students’ questions electronically, attending office hours and scheduled meetings with students, assisting in the preparation of examinations, proctoring examinations and reviewing examinations with students..

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: July 31, 2020. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of relevant experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies: Posted July 13, 2020

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

Position Description:

Fall Term 2020-2021 (September-December 2020)
Two Teaching Assistant positions are available in DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies.

Teaching Assistants Positions:
• Introduction to Management and Organizational Studies I (MOS 1021A/B)
(Human Resource Management and Consumer Behavior

Applicants must be knowledgeable in the fields of Human Resource Management and Consumer Behaviour. Familiarity with First Year Management and Organizational Studies content and comfort with online communication, OWL, and databases for managing marks are assets.

(10 hours per week) Responsibilities may include attending weekly lectures, maintaining up-to-date lecture/course notes, addressing student questions prior to and following lectures, assisting in maintaining course web content, assisting in development/preparation of course and exam materials, researching real-world current examples of course materials, responding to student questions on OWL and via e-mail, proctoring exams and make-up exams, holding office hours and scheduling meetings with students, assisting in the preparation and marking of examinations, and reviewing exams with students.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: July 31, 2020. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca). All applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

Applied Mathematics: Posted June 16, 2020

Application Deadline: July 17, 2020

Position Description:

Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions for the Fall 2020 term:
Cal 1000a (5, 10 hours per week) ---Introductory Calculus for science students
AM 1412a (5, 10 hours per week) --- Introductory Calculus for engineering students
AM 1411 (5,10 hours per week) --- Linear Algebra for for engineering students.

Due to the online mode for the big classes of these courses, applicants are expected to work with the course instructors in all aspects involved in online courses, including teaching tutorial sessions online, running help sessions or help hours online, marking online, communicating with students online etc.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Xingfu Zou (xzou@uwo.ca) at via UWO mail server only. An application should:

1) contain in the subject line "Application for a GTA in applied math for Fall 2020". 
2) indicate whether the applicant prefers 5 or 10 hours per week. 
3) indicate if you have any experience in online courses and if you have the needed conditions for working online (computer and internet).
4) for international graduate students, indicate you have a valid work permit which allows you to work as a GTA at Western University.
5) attach a brief CV which clearly shows the applicant's status in a graduate program at UWO.
6) ask your supervisor to send a message, also to Dr. Xingfu Zou (xzou@uwo.ca), to confirm his/her approval of your application for a GTA in Applied Math for Fall 2020. In his/her supporting email, he/she should enter, in the subject line, "Approving (applicant's name)'s application for a GTA in Applied Math for Fall 2020". If the applicant does not have a supervisor, ask the graduate chair or coordinator of the program to send such a message, confirming applicant's eligibility.

Due to the nature of the courses, graduate students in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Engineering programs will be given preference. Graduate students registered in graduate programs outside of pure and applied mathematics, statistics or engineering should indicate, in their CV, what undergraduate mathematics courses they have taken together with their grades in those courses.

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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