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Teaching Assistants

A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) supports academic units in delivering their undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Teaching assistantships offer you the opportunity to contribute to the learning of undergraduate and graduate students and to develop transferrable leadership and communication skills applicable to your own graduate program, and life after Laurier. For example, as a GTA, you may be expected to lead a tutorial and generate discussion among the students, evaluate assignments and tests, and respond to enquiries from students who may be struggling with content and need additional guidance. All of these responsibilities, and more, will require taking initiative, careful planning, working closely with others, and conscientious decision-making. Resources and training opportunities listed below will aid you in being better prepared for this important element of your graduate program.

Your contracts are issued by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and are funded from university operating funds. Contracts are offered in accordance with the university's funding policies for students in research programs.

Your Resources

Training

Training resources are provided to GTAs with access to practical information to help you navigate and succeed in your important role in the classroom. The training also includes information about performance expectations, relevant employment legislation to be aware of, and university policies and supports.

By the end of your training, you should be able to: 

  • Describe GTA and faculty supervisor responsibilities and expectations.
  • Observe employment rules and regulations including workplace accommodation, health and safety and employment standards.
  • Identify the purpose of GTA and faculty supervisor meetings. 
  • Build a foundational knowledge in best practices for teaching.
  • Identify and respond to students in need of elevated levels of support.

Training Format

Your training is divided into two parts: completion of the Compulsory Graduate Teaching Assistant Training (available on MyLearningSpace) and the required Zoom session for Young Worker Health and Safety Orientation (Part 2). The Compulsory Graduate Teaching Assistant Training is still under development and will be available by early August. All incoming TAs will be notified by e-mail when the program is available.