Awarded on the basis of the match between student backgrounds and the needs of the particular course.A Teaching Assistant holds a junior academic appointment, and thus a responsible position in the Department. The duties include supervision of laboratory and tutorial work in undergraduate geography courses, and require up to ten hours per week, including preparation and marking.
Teaching assistants may hold a fellowship as well, though fellowship restrictions may limit the time available for employment. The wage and working conditions of teaching assistants are formally stated in the collective agreement between the University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which is renegotiated on an annual basis.
There are a limited number of opportunities for students with special research skills to assist staff of the Department with research projects and contracts. Rates of pay and time requirements will vary.