Teaching Assistant Information

Professor teaching graduate student at a chalkboard.Teaching assistantship and proctoring information

A teaching assistantship (TA) is an average of 10 hours per week and 120 hours for the term and may include marking assignments, laboratory demonstration, leading tutorials and 10 hours of proctoring any Chemistry midterm or final exam (in addition to proctoring midterms for your assigned course). Specific duties will be assigned near the beginning of each term. Proctoring of midterm and final exams will be assigned throughout the term as needed.

Please note that you must be available for the TA assignment from the first day of classes to three working days after the examination period. Although the specific duties assigned by the Department are not uniformly spread over the four month period, the total remuneration for the assignment is uniform across this period.

Teaching Assistant Workshop

The Department of Chemistry holds a Teaching Assistant Workshop for all graduate student teaching assistants at the beginning of the Fall term. Attendance at a Teaching Assistant Workshop is mandatory for new graduate students in the Department of Chemistry. You will only need to attend the Teaching Assistant Workshop one time and you will receive a certificate of attendance that you will need to keep as proof of attendance for future assignments.

Some of the benefits of attending this workshop are:

  • Enhance your teaching strategies to be a successful teaching assistant
  • Develop your interpersonal, leadership, and coordination skills
  • Help make your experience as a teaching assistant more enjoyable and rewarding

Workshops are held the week before classes begin in the Fall term. If you start your first TA position in the Winter or Spring terms, you will be given the required information by the instructor of the assigned course. 

The next Teaching Assistant Workshop will be held September 2020.

Please note that attendance at the Teaching Assistant Workshop is restricted to those who have been chosen for a TA assignment.

You can view the Teaching Assistant Workshop Handbook on the Graduate Studies Sharepoint site. You will need to login with your nexus\username and password.

Tutoring opportunities

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