Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

The Beedie School of Business welcomes qualified graduate and undergraduate students to apply for Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant/Marker, Marker, and Open Lab Assistant positions (abbreviated as "TA" on the rest of this page) for Beedie courses. Students must re-apply and be selected for TA positions each term. The average required time commitment for a TA position is six to ten hours per week.

TA Application Timeline:

Spring 2017 Term

Opening date:
October 24, 2016

Closing date:
November 7, 2016 11:59 pm

Summer 2017 Term

Opening date:
Monday, February 27, 2017
Closing date:
Monday, March 13, 2017 11:59 pm

Fall 2017 Term

Opening date:
Monday, June 26, 2017
Closing date:
Monday, July 10, 2017 11:59 pm




Qualifications

Position: Teaching Assistant

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise specific to course(s) and/or subject area(s) of interest (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including leading discussions and encouraging questions.
  • Excellent time management and lecture-tutorial content coordination skills.
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on students’ work.
  • Must be available for: lectures, tutorials, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable.
  • Experience in an on-line learning environment using WebCT, NetMeeting or Canvas.
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel.

Position: TA/Marker

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise specific to course(s) and/or subject area(s) of interest (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on students’ work.
  • Must be available for: lectures, tutorials, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable.
  • Experience in an on-line learning environment using WebCT, NetMeeting or Canvas.
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel.

Position: Marker

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise specific to course(s) and/or subject area(s) of interest (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Strong ability to provide constructive written feedback on students’ work.
  • Must be available for marking of assignments, midterms and finals.
  • Experience in an on-line learning environment using WebCT, NetMeeting or Canvas.
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel.

Position: Open Lab Assistant

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise specific to course(s) and/or subject area(s) of interest (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on students’ work.
  • Must be available for: lectures, labs, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable.
  • Experience in an on-line learning environment using WebCT, NetMeeting or Canvas.
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel.

Appointment Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant/Marker, Marker or Open Lab Assistants is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). 

In allocating TAs, the department will also take into account:

  • Instructor requests;
  • Applicant’s preferences;
  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program;
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience);
  • Employment evaluations;
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in her/his field of study.

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the appointment.


Application Process

ALL steps must be completed to be considered.

Step 1. Complete the Application

The TA application is delivered through a web form that gives you a maximum of 45 minutes to complete the application. If the page is refreshed or time is expired, you need to complete the application again. Have your resume, cover letter, current Advising transcript (not Co-op transcript) and all other relevant documentation ready in a PDF format to upload.

The cover letter can be addressed to: Sarita Naidu, TA Coordinator, Beedie School of Business, WMC 2394, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Upon successful submission of your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page and sent an email with your confirmation number. Please save this information.


Step 2.
Complete the Online Video Interview

As part of the TA Selection process, we are using an online video interview process in order to assess your oral English communication skills (as per TSSU Agreement Article XIII, B2 - TA Qualifications). Beedie is committed to finding TAs with excellent communication and facilitation skills in order to create an engaged and enriched learning environment.

Please note that the online video interview is only used to assess oral English communication skills. We request that you submit an online video interview each term you apply so that instructors can assess your current level of oral English competency. 

To access Beedie's TA online video interview, you will receive a unique link in your TA Application confirmation email (i.e. from Step 1).  You will have until 4 days after the TA Application deadline date to complete the online video interview.  Students on exchange are encouraged to start the application process early. 

Online Video Interview Resources

  • Career Management Center Looking to practice your interview skills? Discuss the online video interviews with an advisor and get the appropriate tools or mock interview practice with immediate feedback to help you prepare for your online interview.

  • Work Integrated Learning's Interview Stream

    SFU students have access to this online video interviewing platform to practice using the online video interview technology. You'll also find expert tips and advice on this site.

  • Practice Interview 
    Once you receive the unique link in your TA Application confirmation email, you will be required to complete a practice interview. You can complete the practice interview as many times as you need. No one will be able to see your practice interviews, except you, of course. The purpose of the practice interview is to get acquainted with the online interview platform. The purpose is not to practice your interview skills. The Career Management Centre offers many resources if you would like to practice your interview skills.

  • Visit the online video interview FAQ's to get tips as well as information on how to resolve technical issues.

  • If you do not have a working webcam or microphone, or require special accommodations, please contact: tacoord@sfu.ca

Step 3. Update Availability


How to determine your availability:

  1. View the Courses and Tutorials Schedule (the term schedule of classes will be available on the day when applications open), and select your course(s)of interest. Refer to for most current course offerings and tutorial/lab/seminar schedules.
  2. Compare your personal academic (classes and exam)/work schedule with the undergraduate course you are interested in being a TA for:
    • Ensure there are no time conflicts for lecture, tutorial and final exam invigilation.
    • Remember also to check the location of courses, keeping in mind that it takes about one hour to commute from one campus to another.
    • Please note that you must be both qualified and available for the course(s) you apply for (ie: availability for lecture, tutorial and the final exam invigilation).
    • It is your responsibility to keep your availability updated up until the deadline
  3. You will receive an email towards the end of the application period requesting you to update your availability. Follow the instructions in that email to update your availability.

Teaching Assistantship Application for Fall 2017:

We thank you for your interest and application. The majority of job offers for the Summer term will be sent out by the middle of April. Due to some candidates withdrawing from the process, a small number of applicants may still be contacted up to week 2 of classes in the upcoming term.

Apply Now

Important: Please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari as your browser to fill in the application. If you have any questions, please contact tacoord@sfu.ca


Teaching Assistant Opportunities: Course List

Qualifications for Teaching Assistant positions for graduate courses include strong writing skills, proficiency with Microsoft Word or Excel and experience in an online learning environment using WebCT or NetMeeting. Note that all positions above are conditional upon enrolment.

Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including all genders, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Teaching Assistant Opportunities: Fall 2017 Course List

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