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 November 20, 2017

Application Deadline: December 4, 2017

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 2485B Environmental Biology Tutorials (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of ecology and evolution.

Biology 1001A/1201A First year biology labs/tutorials (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.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Monday, December 4, 2017. Send an updated (BRIEF—one page) resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca). All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor.

DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies: Posted November 16, 2017

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Position Description:

Winter Term
Introduction to Management and Organizational Studies I (MOS 1021B) (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, reviewing exams with students.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm on December 1, 2017. 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.

DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies: Posted November 16, 2017

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Position Description:

Winter Term
Two (2) Teaching Assistant positions are available in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies.

Introduction to Accounting and Finance (MOS 1023A/B)

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, 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, assisting in answering student questions during examinations, and reviewing examinations with students.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm, December 1, 2017. 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.

English: Posted November 10, 2017

Application Deadline: November 24, 2017

Position Description:

The Department of English and Writing Studies is seeking a graduate teaching assistant for English 1028G: Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in Narrative: The Rise of the Machines. Duties will include, among other things, attending lectures, leading one tutorial, marking assignments and exams for students in your tutorial, proctoring exams, holding weekly office hours, responding to student emails. The course description and syllabus can be found here.

Find the date/times of lectures and tutorial (005) here.

This TA assignment, of approx. 10 hours per week, will commence 1 January and end 30 April 2018.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV (IN ONE WORD OR PDF FILE) via email to Leanne Trask, Graduate Coordinator (leanne.trask@uwo.ca).

Applied Mathematics: Posted November 7, 2017

Application Deadline: November 21, 2017

Position Description:

A small number of Winter-Term Graduate-Student Teaching Assistantships are open for application in the Department of Applied Mathematics, for the following courses:

Calculus 1000b and 1301b (5, 10 hours per week) ---Introductory calculus. Responsibilities may include supervision of students in tutorials, marking of assignments/quizzes/tests, proctoring of quizzes and exams, and/or office hours for individual student help.

Applied Math 1413 (5, 10 hours per week) --- Introductory calculus for Engineering. Responsibilities may include supervision of students in tutorials, marking of assignments/quizzes/tests, proctoring of quizzes and exams, and/or office hours for individual student help.

Applications should be sent to Ms. Audrey Kager (akager@uwo.ca). In the subject line, please write: “Application for a GTA in applied math for winter 2018”.

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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