Teaching Assistant Opportunities

SFU Beedie School of Business welcomes qualified graduate and undergraduate students to apply for Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant/Marker, Open Lab Assistant, and Marker positions (abbreviated as "TA" on the rest of this page). Students must re-apply and be selected for TA positions each term.

When you apply, please have considered all relevant commitments for the semester so that you can budget the time necessary for a TA position. Positions are offered in increments of base units. One base unit will require up to a maximum of 40.9 hours of work. Generally, a person will not be offered more than 5 base units, or a maximum of 204.5 hours. Keep in mind that these hours are primarily worked over the course of about 13 weeks during the semester. For example, a 5 base unit position (maximum of 204.5 hours over the term) would be about 16 hours per week.

 

Base UnitsApproximate Weekly HoursMax Total Hours
1440.9
2781.8
310122.7
413163.6
516204.5

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Piché, TA Coordinator: tacoord@sfu.ca or (778) 782-3500

Spring 2020 Term

Opening date:
October 21, 2019
Closing date:
November 4, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

Summer 2020 Term

Opening date:
March 2, 2020
Closing date:
March 16, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

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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
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

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant/Marker, Open Lab Assistant, or Marker 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 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 equal to at least a 5.17 base unit appointment, will have priority for the appointment.

ALL steps must be completed to be considered.

Step 1. Complete the Application Form

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 run out of time before submitting, you will need to complete the application again. Have your cover letter, resume, current SFU Advising Transcript (not Co-op transcript) and all other undergraduate and/or graduate Transcripts from other institutions ready in PDF format to upload. Find your SFU Advising Transcript here: https://www.sfu.ca/students/records/advising-transcripts.html

The cover letter can be addressed to: Christopher Piché, TA Coordinator, SFU 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.

 
Step 2.
Update Availability (if applicable)

How to determine your availability:

  1. Navigate to sims.sfu.ca
  2. Click on Search for Classes
  3. Pick Term
  4. Enter Subject and Course Number and uncheck Show Open Classes Only
  5. Click Search button

Compare your academic and personal schedule with the course(s) you are interested in being a TA for. Find full course details at https://sims.sfu.ca.

  • Ensure there are no time conflicts for lectures, tutorials, seminars, open labs, and the final exam (as applicable).
  • Remember also to check the location of courses, keeping in mind that it takes about one hour to commute between campuses.
  • Please note that you must be available to be considered for the course(s) you apply for.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your availability updated right up to the deadline.

Apply Now

Important: Please use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari as your browser to complete the application. If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Piché, TA Coordinator: tacoord@sfu.ca or (778) 782-3500.

Teaching Assistant Opportunities: Spring 2020 Course List

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