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 2020-2021:
|Course||Section||Credits||Term||Course Title||#TA Positions|
|HIST100||201||3||2||What is History?||0.5|
|HIST102||001||6||1-2||World History 1500 to Twentieth Century||4.0|
|HIST103||001||6||1-2||World History since 1900||3.0|
|HIST103||002||6||1-2||World History since 1900||3.0|
|HIST104E||201||3||2||Topics in World History: Fascism and Anti-fascism as Global Movements, 1919 - 1939||0.5|
|HIST104F||101||3||1||Topics in World History: Cultures in Contact||1.0|
|HIST104H||101||3||1||Topics in World History: Killer Commodities: Coffee, Sugar, and Tea||0.5|
|HIST104B||101||3||1||Topics in World History||0.5|
|HIST104D||201||3||2||Topics in World History: Global Histories of Migration||0.5|
|HIST104A||227||3||1||Topics in World History||1.0|
|HIST104G||V01||3||1||Topics in World History||1.0|
|HIST105G||V01||3||2||Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective||1.0|
|HIST106||201||3||2||Global Environmental History||1.0|
|HIST108||101||3||1||Global History of Capitalism||0.5|
|HIST220A||201||3||2||History of Europe||1.5|
|HIST235||101||3||1||History of Canada: Moments that Matter||1.5|
|HIST236||201||3||2||Memory, Representation and Interpretation: Public History in Canada||0.5|
|HIST237A||101||3||1||History of the United States||1.0|
|HIST240||101||3||1||Health, Illness and Medicine (I): Ancient World to Early Modern Period||0.5|
|HIST241||201||3||2||Health, Illness and Medicine (II): Modern World 1750 to present||0.5|
|HIST256||101||3||1||History of Africa||0.5|
|HIST260||101||3||1||Science and Society in the Contemporary World||0.5|
|HIST271||201||3||2||Japan and Global History, 1550-1900||0.5|
|HIST273||101||3||1||History of India||0.5|
|HIST350||001||6||1-2||The Soviet Union||1.0|
|HIST352||101||3||1||Modern Middle East||0.5|
|HIST356||201||3||2||Twentieth Century Germany||0.5|
|HIST366||201||3||2||Europe During the Reformation||0.5|
|HIST370||201||3||2||Europe since 1950||0.5|
|HIST391||201||3||2||Human Rights in World History||1.0|
|HIST402A||101||3||1||Problems in I/R: History of Post Colonial International Affairs||0.5|
|HIST413||101||3||1||Imagining the Nation: 19th and 20th Century Canada||0.5|
|HIST425||001||6||1-2||War and Society||1.0|
|HIST432||001||6||1-2||International Relations in the Twentieth Century||2.0|
|HIST460||201||3||2||Revolution and Resistance in the Third World||0.5|
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 by email (email@example.com) 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.
UBC HIRES ON THE BASIS OF MERIT AND IS COMMITTED TO EMPLOYMENT EQUITY.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS TO APPLY.