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. 

TA Application Timeline:

Fall 2019 Term

Opening date:
June 24, 2019
Closing date:
July 8, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

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Job Description

Courses with tutorial components (Teaching Assistant - TA)

  • The initial and ongoing preparation of facilitating and leading regular tutorials each week for a semester and all related duties assigned or required for the effective conduct of the tutorial and instruction
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course
  • Must be available for: lectures, tutorials, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable

Courses with open lab components (Teaching Assistant - Open Lab Assistant)

  • Facilitating regular open laboratories each week for a semester and all related duties assigned or required for the effective conduct of the open lab and instruction
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course
  • Must be available for: lectures, labs, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable

Courses without tutorial components (Teaching Assistant – TA/Marker)

  • The initial and ongoing preparation in responding to student inquiries each week for a semester and all related duties assigned or required related to instruction
  • Keen to assist students and the ability to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course
  • Must be available for: lectures, office hours, invigilation & marking of midterms and finals, where applicable

Courses without tutorial components (Teaching Assistant - Marker)

  • No direct classroom contact is assigned. Each assigned base unit (each base unit estimated to approach but not exceed forty-two (42) hours of work) shall comprise an amount of marking or other duties related to instruction 
  • Strong ability to provide constructive written feedback on work submitted by students in the course
  • Must be available for marking of assignments, midterms and finals

Qualifications

Courses with tutorial components (Teaching Assistant - TA)

  • Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Sufficient written and oral communication skills, including leading discussions and encouraging questions
  • Good time management and lecture-tutorial content coordination skills
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel

Courses with open lab components (Teaching Assistant - Open Lab Assistant)

  • Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Sufficient written and oral communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel

Courses without tutorial components (Teaching Assistant – TA/Marker)

  • Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Sufficient written and oral communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel

Courses without tutorial components (Teaching Assistant – Marker)

  • Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material (please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar and course outlines)
  • Sufficient written and oral communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • 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, F. Appointment Priority, of the SFU/TSSU Collective Agreement.

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 their 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 of 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 you have run out of time before submitting, you need to complete the application again. Have your cover letter, resume, current SFU Advising Transcript (not Co-op transcript) and any other relevant documentation ready in PDF format to upload. Find your Advising Transcript here: https://www.sfu.ca/students/records/advising-transcripts.html

The cover letter can be addressed to: Christopher Piché, TA Coordinator, Beedie School of Business

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 the SFU/TSSU Collective Agreement, Article XIII, B. 2.). 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 (from Step 1).  You will have until 2 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 Centre - 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 which you can do as many times as you like. No one will be able to see your practice interview, 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 KIRA Applicant Help Center to get tips as well as information on how to resolve technical issues with the web-based service.
  • 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 this 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:
    • Ensure there are no time conflicts for lectures, tutorials, 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.
    • 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.

Apply Now

Applications are now open only for Summer 2019 - BUS805-3 Financial Economics II

Important: Please use Firefox, 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 and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. Note that all positions above are conditional upon enrolment.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Teaching Assistant Opportunities: Fall 2019 Course List

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IMPORTANT DATES

2018-12-16

DEC

5-16

Final exam period

2018-12-14

DEC

14

Final grad application deadline for students finishing coursework in Fall 2018

2019-01-03

JAN

3

Classes start

2019-01-09

JAN

9

Last day to add classes, swap classes, change tutorials using goSFU

2019-01-16

JAN

16

Last day to drop a class using goSFU without a withdrawal notation of “WD” for the course on your academic record. If withdrawing from all classes, a withdrawal notation of “Withdrew YYYY-MM-DD” will be added to your academic record

2019-01-16

JAN

16

Tuition due

2019-02-06

FEB

6

Last day to drop a class using goSFU, with a withdrawal notation (WD) on your academic record

2019-02-15

FEB

15

Early deadline to apply and pay for the early application fee on goSFU for graduation in June 2019 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in the Spring 2019 term. Note that the graduation fee will be charged for each degree, diploma and certificate for which you are applying

2019-04-12

APR

12

Final deadline to apply and pay for the regular application fee on goSFU for graduation in June 2019 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in the Spring 2019 term. Note that the graduation fee will be charged for each degree, diploma and certificate for which you are applying