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Now Hiring: Graduate Teaching Developers!

Are you a graduate student at Laurier who is interested in contributing to student teaching development? We are now hiring Graduate Teaching Developers (GTD) for the 2018/19 academic year!

GTDs play a key role in supporting the professional development of graduate and undergraduate students at Laurier related to professional development and teaching and instructional assistants (TAs and IAs). This position reports to, and works closely with, the Educational Developer responsible for student teaching development. 

What Type of Work Does a GTD Do?

 Support of Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Certificates

  • Facilitate/co-facilitate microteaching sessions
  • Facilitate/co-facilitate teaching development workshops
  • Facilitate components of online teaching certificate in an online learning environment
  • Read and maintain currency in literature related to higher education and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Assist with the development and redevelopment of workshops to reflect current literature in higher education
  • Conduct classroom observations of teaching for fellow Laurier students, in particular graduate TAs and undergraduate IAs, providing constructive feedback reflective of current educational literature
  • Collect and collate midterm feedback for fellow Laurier students from the students in their classrooms
  • Meet with students in a confidential setting to provide one-on-one support, resourcing, and referrals
  • Co-facilitate and maintain a Graduate Teaching Community by creating a space for graduate students’ in teaching roles to explore pedagogical research and discuss challenges that they face in their teaching environments.

Help Us with Our Communications, Promotions and Marketing

  • Develop and maintain an online presence for graduate students, TAs, and IAs
  • Monitor Develop Your Teaching social media accounts
  • Curating and sharing articles and resources relevant to professional development via social media
  • Provide updates when required via the Develop Your Teaching websites, newsletters, campus TV monitors, and other sources as applicable
  • Assist with managing the certificate programs in the MyLearningSpace and other online environments (e.g., Picatic, online registration system)
  • Monitor professional development opportunities for students at Laurier (undergraduate and graduate), in particular TAs and IAs
  • Liaise and collaborate with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Coordinators, Career Services, Graduate Students’ Association, other Academic Support Units, when required with respect to TA/IA and student development opportunities

Workshop/Event Planning and Support

  • Provide input and support with respect to workshop scheduling and development
  • Assist with logistics of events and workshops (e.g., registration, communication with participants, etc.)
  • Other duties as per the direction of the Educational Developer: Student Programming and other overseeing roles within Teaching and Learning

Resource Development

  • Develop and update resources for Laurier students (graduate and undergraduate), TAs, and IAs in collaboration with the Student Teaching Development Team
  • Monitor success and make recommendations to enhance development opportunities at Laurier related to teaching and learning

Other Tasks

  • Meet with the Educational Developer: Student Programming and Student Teaching Development Team at regularly scheduled meetings and others as required
  • Additional tasks as requested by the Educational Developer: Student Programming and other overseeing roles within Teaching and Learning
The rate for this position is $25/hour (including 4% vacation) for an average commitment of 10 hours per week from October 2018 to August 2019 (start and end dates are flexible). Exact duties and hours will be determined in consultation with the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Development. Please note, at times the position may require attendance to campus events on short notice and travel to other Laurier locations (including Laurier’s Brantford Campus and the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work).

What are the Position Requirements?

  • Registered in a PhD or Master’s program at Laurier
  • Full or partial completion the University Teaching Foundations certificate is preferred
  • Knowledge of university structure as well as programs, resources, and services available to Laurier
  • Demonstrated interest in supporting student learning and ability to work with a wide range of colleagues in a professional and respectful manner
  • Previous work experience as a TA in a post-secondary institution is required, strong teaching evaluations are an asset
  • Previous experience with MyLearningSpace is preferred
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to others
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, email, social media, etc.
  • Interest in researching, developing, and facilitating workshops about teaching
  • Leadership or mentorship experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Willingness to be involved in supporting teaching development at all Laurier campus locations (Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener)

There is a designated work space within the Teaching and Learning Commons in the Student Teaching Development office for GTDs to work and hold office hours, which is a shared space for all Student Teaching Development Team members.  

To submit your application (including cover letter and resume) or ask questions about this position, email the Student Teaching Development Team at developyourteaching@wlu.ca.