Physics TAship Applications

TAship postings

Fall Winter 2022-23 - WIT 2022-2023

Posted on: 2022-05-18

Applications due: 2022-06-08

Submit applications on-line to: https://taships.iit.artsci.utoronto.ca/phy.

Course Campus Enrollment (est.) No. positions (est.) No. hours (est.) Dates Times Tutorials or laboratories/practicals Duties and responsibilities Qualifications Relevant criterion
PHY-WIT - Physics Lead Writing TA (LWTA) STG 1 125 July 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023 As part of the Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT) program, a writing instruction initiative in Arts and Science, the Lead Writing TA (LWTA) will work with the WIT staff and WIT Unit Contact to support course instructors and TAs in selected courses, as well as support undergraduate student writing development overall in the hiring department. The LWTA will perform the following duties: • Participate in training sessions (with LWTAs from other units) in July and throughout the year (late August, early January, and an end-of-year event) • Read book chapters, articles, etc. on writing pedagogy • Meet with WIT staff, departmental WIT Contacts, and course instructors to plan writing assignments activities and for tutorials, labs, or lectures • Design and lead training sessions and consultations for course TAs on writing-related topics, such as providing feedback to students on critical reading, writing, planning tutorial/lab activities related to writing, etc. • Develop and/or adapt resources on writing instruction (such as marking rubrics and assignments) for instructors, TAs, and students • Communicate regularly by email and in person with course instructors, WIT staff, departmental WIT Contacts and others to implement WIT activities • Collaborate with LWTAs in other units by meeting in peer groups and sharing writing instruction resources • Collect and analyze data on WIT (e.g., surveys, student writing samples, TA and instructor focus groups, etc.) • Document activities (e.g., help draft unit WIT goals, provide monthly updates, write a final a report about WIT activities in the unit, etc.) NOTE: Applicant must be available for approximately 15 hours of training in the week of July 18-23, 2022, and to consult with WIT staff, WIT contacts, and course instructors throughout July and August • Current PhD student with least two years' experience as a course TA in physics, whether leading tutorials/ labs, in-class instruction, or grading • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to work effectively with and show tact when communicating with administrators, course instructors, and TAs • Strong administrative skills, including ability to schedule meetings and training sessions, plan and document work • Strong time management skills with ability to meet multiple deadlines • Strong facilitation and presentation skills and/or experience leading/facilitating workshops • Evidence of superior writing skills in their discipline (writing sample must be individually authored) • Flexible schedule, willing and able to accommodate short notice requests for meetings with WIT staff, course instructors, and TAs Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

Notes:

  1. The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca. During employment, to request accommodation from the University, contact the supervisor or department chair and/or Health & Wellbeing Programs & Services at hwb@utoronto.ca. For more information about accommodations at U of T, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

  2. 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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

  3. Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the position.

  4. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department Office and in the CUPE, local 3902 office. The position(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

  5. Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

  6. Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.

  7. Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

  8. Preference in hiring shall be given to Graduate Students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto or those who have made application to be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.

  9. The hiring criteria for Teaching Assistant positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this Collective Agreement.

  10. The rates of pay correspond with the current CUPE Agreement and are as follows:

    • Effective January 1, 2022: UG/SGSI/SGSII $47.17 per hour (+ vacation pay)

    • Effective January 1, 2023: UG/SGSI/SGSII $47.64 per hour (+ vacation pay)

    Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.