A teaching assistantship is a contractual agreement between the School and a graduate student for a specified number of hours of teaching support during a term. All teaching assistantships are governed by the PSAC TA TF 901 Collective Agreement. Teaching assistantships serve several functions:
However, it is important to stress that the stipend received by teaching assistants is payment for services and not an award.
Provincial regulations require that full-time graduate students work no more than ten hours per week, not to exceed 130 hours per term. The current rate of pay for Graduate Teaching Assistantships is $37.88 per hour.
All new teaching assistants may attend the education session provided by SKHS during Orientation Week. The session is led by experienced TAs in the School facilitated by the SKHS Graduate Coordinator.
Teaching assistantships come in several different forms and may involve one or more of the following responsibilities:
Teaching assistants and course instructors may agree that it is necessary for TAs to attend course lectures to prepare to lead seminars.
If it becomes apparent that the time committed to a TA assignment, substantially exceeds the original hourly allocation per week, the TA should inform the course instructor. If the matter cannot be resolved, it should be referred to the Graduate Coordinator. All changes must be represented on a revised Teaching Assistant Agreement and filed appropriately.
When graduate students have marking responsibilities in more than one course per term (which is common), course instructors should attempt to coordinate the due dates of the TA assignment duties so that they do not fall at the same time.
Teaching Assistantship assignments are paid to students through the Queen’s University Electronic Payroll System. The SKHS Graduate Assistant prepares the contract on line; the Director approves utilizing their electronic signature, the student accepts utilizing their electronic signature; and the Department of Human Resources clears the contract for payment utilizing their electronic signature. A photocopy of each completed contract will be placed in the student’s official file in the SKHS Graduate Office. Students may print out copies of their own contracts should they choose to do so.
TA Responding To A Student Who Is In Distress
CLICK HERE for at-a-glance instructions and tips on helping your students when they are in distress. Always remember to refer to your course instructor to ensure you are helping your students in the best way possible.