Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)

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, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug. 31, 2022)
One term - 10 hour/week GTAship
(Sept. 1, 2022– Aug. 31, 2023)
Base Compensation 140 hours @ $46.29/hr = $6,480.60 140 hours @ $46.75/hr = $6,545.00 140 hours @ $47.22/hr = $6,610.80
Vacation Pay Term rate x 4% = $259.22 Term rate x 4% = $261.80 Term rate x 4% = $264.43
Term Rate inclusive of vacation pay $6,739.82 $6,806.80 $6,875.23
Monthly Rate inclusive of vacation pay $1,684.96 $1,701.70 $1,718.81

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.

  • GTA Collective Agreement -- September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2023
  • VIEW GTA Collective Agreement Information Session Presentation (coming soon)

Current GTA 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 Faculty 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 GTAships, from any source, in any term.

DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies: Posted November 25, 2021 (4 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 14, 2021

Position Description

Introduction to Accounting and Finance (MOS 1023B)

Winter Term 2021-2022 (January-April 2022)

  • Four Teaching Assistant positions are available in DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies. (10 hours per week)

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.

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: 4:00 pm Dec 14, 2021. 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 November 25, 2021 (4 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 14, 2021

Position Description

Introduction to Management and Organizational Studies I (MOS 1021B)
(Human Resource Management and Consumer Behavior)

Winter Term 2021-2022 (January-April 2022)

  • Four Teaching Assistant positions are available in DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies. (10 hours per week)

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. 

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: December 14, 2021. Send an updated curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Gloria Dawson (gdawson@uwo.ca) applications will be acknowledged; however, only potential candidates will be notified past the deadline.

Physics: Posted November 23, 2021 (1 Position)

Application Deadline: December 7, 2021

Position Description

Integrated Science 3001G Course TA

One 70 hour per term (5 hour per week) position.

Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program at Western.
  • Strong background in Materials Science, which may be obtained through formal education in Physics, Chemistry, or similar.

Assets: An interdisciplinary background in both Physics and Chemistry.

Duties: 

  • Assist the instructor with the preparation of course materials.
  • Mark assignments, exams, and other assessments.
  • Assist students with course material.
  • Proctoring.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Physics: Posted November 23, 2021 (2 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 7, 2021

Position Description

Integrated Science 1001X Laboratory TA

Two full-time 140-hour per term (10 hours per week) positions.

Requirements: 

  • 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 as assigned.

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

Geography: Posted November 23, 2021 (2 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 7, 2021

Position Description

2.0 TA – Geography of Canada – GEOG 2010B – January 1/22-April 30/22

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: https://geoenvironment.uwo.ca/undergraduate/course_information/2000_level_course.html 

Position responsibilities and duties will include:

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

2.0 TA – Geography of Hazards – GEOG 2152G – January 1/22 - April 30/22

This course is a survey of the methods and models used to understand human responses to hazards. The tradition of hazards research in geography will be reviewed particularly through the lens of social science. The course will examine both natural and technological hazards and the models for understanding human influences on and responses to hazards. Information is available on the Geography Department website: https://geoenvironment.uwo.ca/undergraduate/course_information/2000_level_course.html 

Position responsibilities and duties will include:

  • marking of: tests, assignments and map quizzes with answers that include written work; 
  • moderating forum discussions;
  • 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 - ljohns24@uwo.ca, with CV.

English: Posted November 18, 2021 (3 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 2, 2021

Position Description

Writing 2130G
Building Better (Communication) Bridges: Rhetoric and Professional Communication for Engineering
3 TA positions available
Class lectures and tutorials are online and asynchronous

This course introduces students to rhetorical principles and the practices of written, oral, and visual communication in professional engineering contexts. Particular attention is paid to identifying and understanding audience, context and purpose; the grammar and effective style of Standard Written English; modes of persuasion; interpersonal communication; the negotiation of cultural difference; and effective scholarly research practices. Students will learn strategies for drafting and designing technical and academic documents and for approaching the editing and revision of those documents. As well, they will gain experience in organizing research effectively for presentation, composing clear and useful visual aids, and presenting research to their peers and the broader public with confidence.

Qualified applicants must possess the following qualities:

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of the grammar and conventions of Standard Written English
Organizational ability
Professional work ethic
Time-Management skills
Resourcefulness

TAs for this course will be expected to manage a 2 hr per week tutorial, as well as other TA duties assigned (such as Office Hours and Marking). This is an excellent opportunity for Graduate Students who plan to pursue a career in teaching or communication after graduation.

With your CV and brief cover letter, please include a 150-word description outlining your interests in teaching this course, outlining skills and experiences you could bring to the position. Qualified applicants may be required to complete an assessment administered by Writing Studies in The Department of English and Writing Studies.

Please submit applications via email to the Director of Writing Studies, Dr. K. Frasier (kfraser@uwo.ca) by Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Biology: Posted November 15, 2021 (7 Positions)

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

Position Description

Biology 1001B (Duties are separated into modules)

  • MODULE A (10 hours per week)
    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 one-hour 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.
  • MODULE B (5 or 10 hours per week) 
    This is a "Hands-on 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 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.

Biology 2217B Economic Botany (10 hours per week)
Responsibilities include the following: a) carrying out tutorials; b) teaching laboratory exercises; c) grading tests and tutorial reports, providing positive feedback to students. A strong familiarity with plant biology and techniques used in studying them required. Candidate should also be very familiar with the OWL system. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. 

Biology 2290G (ONLINE and BLENDED) Scientific Methods in Biology (5 or 10 hours per week)
Responsibilities include teaching, providing feedback to students, and marking assignments and final exam (maybe proctoring). Applicants require demonstrable skills in writing, and should have teaching experience. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. 

Biology 2485B Environmental Biology (10 hours per week)
Responsibilities include teaching (online or in-person), marking assignments and record keeping (maybe proctoring). Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the field of environmental biology. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. 

Biology 2581B 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’ knowledge 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 2244B 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. 

Integrated Science 1001X (5 hours per week)
This is a hands-on lab environment with a biology TA co-leading sections of 32 students. The labs are interdisciplinary and cover concepts from chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and computer science. The biology TA will oversee all labs that include a biology component. The appointment (70 hours) includes six, 3 hr laboratory sessions. In addition, for each lab activity there will be TA meetings lead by the lab manager, as well as 2 hours of prep time. There will be roughly 35 hours of grading, including formal lab reports and short templated reports. Proctoring of the midterm and final exam may be required. A background in biology and/or integrated science is strongly preferred. 

Send the following information INLINE (NO ATTACHMENTS) to Tricia Gray (biota@uwo.ca). NOTE: Emails to other addresses will not be acknowledged. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. 

  • Full name, local phone contact, uwo email address, 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(s) will not be considered. Evidence of approval may be sent via email forward or screenshot. Applicants without evidence of approval to apply to biology will not be considered.

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 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and designed for new GTAs 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
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