Teaching Assistantships

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.

For all other graduate students, the department welcomes TA applications throughout the year. If you would like to be considered for any teaching assistantship positions in the upcoming academic year, please see the “TA Opportunities” link below to view the anticipated TA position list and instructions for submitting a TA application.

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


Pay rates for TAs are determined on the basis of the degree program in which a union member is enrolled, and/or prior degrees earned.

Please refer to the CUPE 2278 website for the current PhD and MA pay rates: https://cupe2278.ca/how-we-help/pay-rates/

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.

Please find below the anticipated TA positions for the upcoming academic year.  The TA position list is updated by March 31 for anticipated positions in the following September to April period.

Anticipated TA Positions in History for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022:

Course Section Credits Term Course Title #TA Positions Instructor(s)
HIST100 101 3 1 What is History? 0.5 French
HIST102 001 6 1-2 World History 1500 to Twentieth Century 4.0 Prange
HIST103 001 6 1-2 World History since 1900 3.0 Lee
HIST103 002 6 1-2 World History since 1900 3.0 Bryce
HIST104B 101 3 1 Topics in World History 0.5 Cheek
HIST104A 227 3 1 Topics in World History 1.0 Brook
HIST105B 101 3 1 Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective 1.0 Unwalla
HIST105C 201 3 2 Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective 0.5 To Be Determined
HIST106 201 3 2 Global Environmental History 1.0 Loo
HIST108 201 3 2 Global History of Capitalism 0.5 Munoz
HIST220A 201 3 2 History of Europe 1.5 Lanthier
HIST235 101 3 1 History of Canada: Moments that Matter 1.5 Loo
HIST236 201 3 2 Memory, Representation and Interpretation: Public History in Canada 0.5 Myers
HIST237A 201 3 2 History of the United States 1.0 Wang
HIST240 101 3 1 Health, Illness and Medicine (I): Ancient World to Early Modern Period 0.5 Goldowitz
HIST241 201 3 2 Health, Illness and Medicine (II): Modern World 1750 to present 0.5 Brain
HIST256 101 3 1 History of Africa 0.5 Morton
HIST271 201 3 2 Japan and Global History, 1550-1900 0.5 Hua
HIST273 101 3 1 History of India 0.5 Mayer
HIST280 201 3 2 Islamic World History 1.0 Khakzad
HIST339 101 3 1 The United States Since 1945: The Limits of Power 0.5 Paris
HIST352 101 3 1 Modern Middle East 0.5 Unwalla
HIST356 101 3 1 Twentieth Century Germany 0.5 Bryce
HIST369 101 3 1 Europe 1900-1945 0.5 Lanthier
HIST370 201 3 2 Europe since 1950 0.5 Lanthier
HIST391 201 3 2 Human Rights in World History 1.0 Roosa
HIST414 101 3 1 Constitutions in Canadian History 0.5 Miller
HIST425 001 6 1-2 War and Society 1.0 Gossen
HIST430 101 3 1 International Relations 1870-1945 0.5 Silver
HIST431 201 3 2 International Relations Since 1945 1.0 Tworek
HIST460 201 3 2 Revolution and Resistance in the Third World 0.5 Byrne

0.5 = ½ TAship appt. or partial TAship (one term only)

For one term courses (3 cr.):
1.0 TAship positions = Two 0.5 TAship appts.
1.5 TAship positions = Three 0.5 TAship appts.

Section 101 = Term 1
Section 201 = Term 2
Sections 001, 002, etc. = Full Year Course (Term 1 & 2)

Enrollment in Graduate Programme

Assist Instructor with tutorials, grading, teaching, and exam invigilation

1.0 position: 12 hours per week for 8 months (Term 1-2; Sept to Apr)
0.5 position: 12 hours per week for 5 months (Term 1 or Term 2; Sept to Dec or Jan-Apr)

1.0 position: GTA 1 for PhD students $13,223.92; GTA 2 for MA students $12,724.96
0.5 position: GTA 1 for PhD students $6,611.96; GTA 2 for MA students $6,362.48

Application: (Returning TAs)
Returning TAs must notify the History Graduate Program (Link: Renewing a Teaching Assistantship) about their intent to continue as a TA the following year and may express preference from the list of courses above.

Application: (New Applicants)
The department welcomes TAship applications  throughout the year.  If you are interested in any of the above anticipated History TA openings, please send the required TA application documents using the link below.

For reference, the TA application consists of:

  • Statement of Relevant Experience (Required)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating your academic and employment experience (Required)
  • Any Previous Teaching Assistant Evaluations (If applicable)

Link: Submit a TA Application

We would be grateful for a response as soon as possible, but no later than April 30th of each year.


Submit a TA Application