Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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GRADUATE STUDIES

Teaching Assistantships 

The Collective Agreement (CA) between the ‘Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows and Queens University (February 5, 2018 to April 30, 2021).  Please ensure you become familiar with all aspects of the collective agreement.  A copy of the agreement can be found on the Queen’s University, Faculty Relations Office website (TA/TF Collective Agreement)

List of Available Teaching Assistantships (PDF, 73 KB) for Fall/Winter 2018-2019, Department of Psychology

Teaching Assistantships will be assigned in accordance to Article 12.04 of the CA as outlined below:

Appointment of Teaching Assistants

12.04  
In the appointment to TAships within the Bargaining Unit, the Employer shall with respect to persons enrolled as students in the JD program and MD program, appoint TAships in accordance with Article 12.14; and, with respect to graduate students follow the four level preference system outlined below. No TAships shall be offered to candidates in Group B until the qualified candidates in Group A have been exhausted. No TAships shall be offered to candidates in Group C until the qualified candidates in Group B have been exhausted. TAships may only be offered to candidates in Group D when there remain no qualified candidates in any other Group.

A. First Preference — Group A
Is for qualified graduate students registered as:
(i)     students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
(ii)    students in an interdisciplinary program with TA budget resources,

and for whom the TAship has been granted as part of the funding commitment offered by the Employer.

B. Second Preference — Group B
Is for qualified graduate students registered as:
(i)     students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
(ii)   students in an interdisciplinary program with TA budget resources,

and for whom

(iii)   the TAship will not form part of the funding commitment offered by the Employer; or
(iv)  there is currently no funding commitment provided by the Employer.

C. Third Preference — Group C
Is for qualified graduate students that have previously held a TAship or TFship for the Employer.

D. Fourth Preference — Group D
Is for qualified graduate students that have not met the criteria as set out in 12.04 A, B, or C.

Teaching Assistantships form part of the guaranteed minimum funding package for full-time graduate students in the Department of Psychology (MSc1, 2, PhD1, 2, 3, 4).  A graduate student may decline the offer of a teaching assistantship, in which case their funding package will be reduced accordingly.

Teaching Assistant stipend rates for 2018-2019 is outlined in Schedule “A” of the Collective Agreement. The hourly rate for Teaching Assistants in 2018-2019 is $41.37.

All new international graduate students whose first language is not English are required to be assessed for oral proficiency in English before they can be assigned a Teaching Assistantship other than marking.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University offers a ‘Teaching Development Day for Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows’ at the beginning of September for new incoming students wishing to hold Teaching Assistantships.  Information can be found on their website: https://www.queensu.ca/ctl/programs-and-events/signature-events/teaching.... This day-long conference is not mandatory, however, we do encourage new incoming students to participate in some or all of the sessions.

We are excited to have you as part of our instructional team in your role as teaching assistant within the Department of Psychology. To help orient you to the department, there will be a 1.5 hour Psychology TA training session held [September 5th, 2018 from 10-11:30am—tentatively, location to be determined]. Further details will follow when finalized.

Note: The hours attended at all training session (university and department specific) are to be included in your overall TAship hours.