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.

Online TA Application, Fall 2020 Session

TA applications for Fall 2020 session are now open.

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

Fall 2020 session courses may be offered online, in-person or a hybrid of both, and the decision about the delivery will be made and communicated by the University at a later date.  As such, you may be required to perform your TA duties online and or in-person on campus.

For on-line work, you are required to have the necessary equipment and adequate internet connection.  Graduate students who cannot meet the minimum technology requirements are eligible for an SGS emergency grant.

https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/tech-requirements-online-learning/#accessories

For in-person duties, you are required to be in proximity to the University and able to attend to campus as necessary.

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 TA Applications will close on August 4, 2020 at 5:00pm.*

The deadline to submit your application has passed

Emergency TA Posting

Position:  Course Builder

Course #: APS5500H1
Title: Research Methods and Project Execution
Enrollment
(est.): n/a
Availability: One (1) position for 25 hours (est.)
Dates of Appointment:  October 15 – December 31, 2020

Rate of Pay: SGS I/II – $46.24/hour (+4% vacation pay)
Qualifications:  Demonstrated excellence in research methods and strategies for communication this research, with a preference for experience in CHE1102.

For details contact the course instructor, Alison McGuigan (alison.mcguigan@utoronto.ca)

Duties:  The course builder will work with the course coordinators, Alison McGuigan and Lydia Wilkinson, to adapt CHE1102 materials to their disciplinary context, by preparing examples for in-class use and as assignment exemplars and uploading these to a central website. Materials may include figures, quantitative visuals, research proposals and experimental protocols. In addition, the course builder will test out course activities for disciplinary relevance, and provide course coordinators with feedback.

For further details contact the course instructor, Alison McGuigan (alison.mcguigan@utoronto.ca)

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and C.V. by October 9, 2020. Applications should be submitted online through the Chemical Engineering website https://chem-eng.utoronto.ca/graduate-studies/funding-fees/teaching-assistantships-ta/

Fall 2020 session courses may be offered online, in-person or a hybrid of both, and the decision about the delivery will be made and communicated by the University at a later date.  As such, you may be required to perform your TA duties online and or in-person on campus.

For on-line work, you are required to have the necessary equipment and adequate internet connection.

For in-person duties, you are required to be in proximity to the University and able to attend to campus as necessary.

If during the application and/or selection process you require accommodation due to a disability, please contact ugradassist.chemeng@utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Subject to that approval, an appointment will be made by approximately October 15.  This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The position(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

* Please note that this Emergency TA posting will close on October 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm.*

The application period has closed