Department of Psychology

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GRADUATE STUDIES

Funding and Financial Support: 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. 

List of Available Department of Psychology Teaching Assistantships for Fall/Winter 2019-2020 PDF, 133 KB)

Teaching Assistantships in the Department of Psychology are assigned in accordance to Article 12.04 of the CA as outlined below:

Appointment of Teaching Assistants

CA Article 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 (MSc Years1 and 2; PhD Years 1, 2, 3, and A graduate student may decline the offer of a teaching assistantship in any given year, in which case their funding package will be reduced that year accordingly.

TA Wage and Stipend Rates

Teaching Assistant Stipend rates are outlined in Schedule “A” of the Collective Agreement. The hourly rate for Teaching Assistants in 2019-2020 is $41.99 including vacation and benefits.

TA Online Tutorial and Other Requirements

All PSYC TAs are required to complete the Queen’s Accessible Instruction for Educators Training online tutorial prior to commencing any TA responsibilities.

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. 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.  Further details will follow when finalized.

Note: The hours attended at all TA-related training sessions (university and department specific) will be included in your overall Teaching Assistant Form (TA contractual agreement).

Questions?

Angie Maltby
Graduate Program Administrator

Department of Psychology, 62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Canada
Tel:613-533-2872 Fax: 613-533-2499
Email: psycgrad@queensu.ca