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Queen's University
 

Teaching Assistantships

The first Collective Agreement (CA) between the ‘Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows and Queens University (May 1, 2010-April 30, 2013)’ has recently been ratified. Please ensure you become familiar with all aspects of the collective agreement. A copy of the agreement can be found on theOffice of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic website ( TA/TF Collective Agreement )


List of available Teaching Assistantships/Academic Assistantships available for Summer 2014 in the Department of Sociology offered through Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS)

For further information on course content please see Sociology Course Descriptions


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 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:

  1. students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
  2. 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 Queen’s University.

B. Second Preference — Group B

Is for qualified graduate students registered as:

  1. students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
  2. students in an interdisciplinary program with TA budget resources, and for whom
  3. the TAship will not form part of the funding commitment offered by Queen’s University; or
  4. there is currently no funding commitment provided by Queen’s University.

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 Sociology (MA1, 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 2012-2013 is outlined in Schedule “A” of the Collective Agreement. The hourly rate for Teaching Assistants in 2012-2013 is $37.88.

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. Please see the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s website for more details and the School of Graduate Studies website.

http://www.queensu.ca/ctl/index.html

http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/forstudents/InternationalStudents/tarsearch.html

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.This day-long conference is not mandatory, however, we do encourage new incoming students to participate in some or all of the sessions.

The Department of Sociology also offers four hours of training for new TAs. Information will follow once the date has been finalized.  Note: The hours attended at all training sessions (university and department specific) are included in your overall TAship hours.

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