Teaching Assistantships (TA) positions are available to graduate students in the Department of History.

All students who have been accepted into the graduate program will be automatically considered by the graduate committee for Teaching Assistantships; no application is required.

Roles and Responsibilities

TA positions are paid jobs and demand a level of professionalism, responsibility and accountability. Typical duties include:

  • Prepare course materials and/or participate in class instruction
  • Lead discussion sections, tutorials and review sections
  • Keep class records
  • Set, mark, and provide feedback on examinations, tests and assignments
  • Hold office hours
  • Invigilate exams and assist instructors to conduct oral exams
  • Manage and maintain a website as well as the learning management system
  • Duplicate materials
  • Order and obtain AV equipment
  • Demonstrate procedures or set up demonstrations
  • Prepare and present a lecture during the term


Current stipends are as follows:

  • MA: $11,356
  • PhD: $11,801

TAs spend a maximum of 12 hours per week on average over the academic year. Please note that there are no fee exemptions for Teaching Assistants. All Teaching Assistants must pay the appropriate fees. These fees may be deferred, however, and deducted from the Teaching Assistant stipend.

Every effort is made to assign persons to undergraduate courses which fall into their own field of specialization. There will be no renewals for MA students beyond the second year nor for PhD students beyond the fourth year. Teaching Assistants are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2278, and work under a collective agreement.

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