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

Compensation

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
HIST313 201 3 2 African Independence 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
HIST369 101 3 1 Europe 1900-1945 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)

Qualifications:
Enrollment in Graduate Programme

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

Hours
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)

Salary
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 (hist.grad@ubc.ca) 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

Deadline:
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.

   

Submit a TA Application

  • The Department of History welcomes applications for teaching assistants through out the year.

    How To Apply

    The TA Application represents a statement of relevant experience (required), Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating your academic background (required), and any previous Teaching Assistant Evaluations (if applicable).

    Please fill out the contact form below and upload your TA application.

    UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

  • Please upload the following TA Application documents as one combined file. The file should be in .pdf format and be no larger than 15MB in total:

    • 1. Statement of Relevant Experience (Required)
    • 2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating your academic and employment experience (Required)
    • 3. Any Previous Teaching Assistant Evaluations (if applicable)

    UBC HIRES ON THE BASIS OF MERIT AND IS COMMITTED TO EMPLOYMENT EQUITY. WE ENCOURAGE ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS TO APPLY.

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