Teaching Assistants (TAs)

General Information

The Department hires graduate students to assist our academic staff in teaching undergraduate courses during the fall and winter terms. The University’s TAs are represented by CUPE Local 3902 Unit#1. You can view the Collective Agreement, which determines items like benefits and salary, here.

TAing is optional. Income earned as a TA is an addition to the financial support already provided to our M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students. Students should discuss TAing with their thesis supervisor before pursuing a position.

TA jobs across the University are posted here.

Current TAs

Adjusting Hours

It is possible to increase the number of hours you are contracted to complete. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the approval of your supervisor at your ‘Review of Assigned Hours’ meeting. You are entitled to at least one such meeting per course (deadlines can be viewed in the Collective Agreement)
  2. Ensure your supervisor emails the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies (tim.bender@utoronto.ca) detailing the requested change and CCs ugradassist.chemeng@utoronto.ca
  3. If approved, the TA Administrator will prepare the requested changes to your DDAH form
  4. You, your supervisor, and the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies must sign off on the changes, rendering them official

Under the circumstances that you enter a disagreement with your supervisor concerning your work hours, you may contact the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies directly.

Evaluation

The TA Evaluation Form is here. Signatures can be completed electronically via Adobe E-Signature.

You are entitled to at least one evaluation per appointment. You can request up to two evaluations from your supervisor. Under the circumstances that you receive an overall rating of ‘unsatisfactory’, a second evaluation is mandatory. Should no second evaluation be completed, your evaluation cannot be used against you for future consideration.

Appointments

Appointments are conditional upon status as a graduate student or Postdoctoral Fellow (postdoc) at the University of Toronto for the duration of the appointment.

All new graduate students and postdocs must attend a laboratory safety course, pass the laboratory safety exam, complete the University of Toronto basic health and safety online training and attend a mandatory new TA training session in order to TA.

Emergency TA Posting

There are Emergency TA postings open from April 28th to May 5th.  The postings are for CHE1150H1 and CHE1434H1.  Please indicate which course(s) you are applying for on the application form.

CHE1150H1
Department: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Campus: St. George
Course #: CHE1150H1
Title: Industrial Water Technology
Enrollment (est.): 55
Availability: Two (2) positions for 100 hours (est.)
Dates of Appointment: May 1 – Aug 31, 2020
Qualifications: A pre-requisite for TA applicants is they must have previously completed the course. For further details contact the course instructor, Professor Nikolai DeMartini (nikolai.demartini@utoronto.ca)
Duties: For details contact the course instructor, Professor Nikolai DeMartini (nikolai.demartini@utoronto.ca)

* Please note that this Emergency TA posting will close on May 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm.*

The application period has closed

CHE1434H1
Department: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Campus: St. George
Course #: CHE1434H1
Title: Six Sigma for Chemical Processes
Enrollment (est.): 75
Availability: One (1) position for 50 hours (est.)
Dates of Appointment: May 1 – Aug 31, 2020
Qualifications: A pre-requisite for TA applicants is they must have previously completed the course. For further details contact the course instructor, Professor Guerino Sacripante (guerino.sacripante@utoronto.ca)
Duties: For details contact the course instructor, Professor Guerino Sacripante (guerino.sacripante@utoronto.ca)

* Please note that this Emergency TA posting will close on May 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm.*

The application period has closed

 

Online Returning TA Application, Winter 2020 Session

Returning TA applications Winter session 2020 are now open.

A list of available courses are available here.  Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change.

If you are a TA for the fall session, do keep in mind that there is a 100-hour departmental limit on TA hours per academic year. If you’ve already served 100 hours, you are unlikely to be considered for a position.

If you’d like any additional information on these courses, including anything like safety training requirements, feel free to contact the instructors directly.

*Please note that Returning TA Applications will close on November 13, 2019 at 5:30pm.*

The deadline to submit your application has passed.

 

Online New TA Application, Winter 2020 Session

The New TA Application, Winter session will open on October 14, 2019 at 9:30am.

A list of available courses are available here. Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change. E-mail notifications will be sent out shortly with more details.

If you are a TA for the fall session, do keep in mind that there is a 100-hour departmental limit on TA hours per academic year. If you’ve already served 100 hours, you are unlikely to be considered for a position.

If you’d like any additional information on these courses, including anything like safety training requirements, feel free to contact the instructors directly.

*Please note that Returning TA Applications will close on November 13, 2019 at 5:30pm.*

The deadline to submit your application has passed.