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CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1 Policy
  • Course descriptions are available on the Arts & Science Calendar. Given uncertainties about COVID-19, it may be advantageous to consider delivering some or all of your applied-for course(s) online.
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Department for the Study of Religion
Fall and Winter 2021-2022
Posting Start date: May 7, 2021                                          End Date: May 28, 2021
Position Title: Lead Writing Teaching Assistant (LWTA)
Number of Positions: One
Size of Appointment: 100 hours at the SGS II rate of $46.70 per hour 
Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail
Dates of Appointment: June 1 2021-Apr. 30 2022
NOTE: Applicant must be available to actively participate in online training during the summer months.
Campus: St. George
•   Current PhD student with least two years' experience as a TA, leading tutorials and grading. Experience in a WIT designated course is desirable.
•   Experience leading/facilitating workshops or strong presentation skills. 
•   Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, able to collaborate effectively and show tact when working with TAs, instructors, and administrators.
•   Demonstrated interest in pedagogy/pedagogical development.
•   Strong administrative skills, including the ability to schedule meetings and training sessions, plan and document work.
•   Strong time management skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines.
•   Flexible schedule: willing and able to accommodate short notice requests for meetings with WIT participants.


As part of a writing instruction initiative in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Lead Writing TA will work with Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT) faculty and the WIT Contact in the home Department/Program to support instructors and train course TAs in supporting undergraduate student writing development. The LWTA will perform the following duties:
•   Participate in training sessions led by WIT faculty with LWTAs from other units in an intensive online training between June 8-12 and additional sessions (whether in person or virtual) throughout the year (early September, mid-fall, early January, and an end-of-year WIT Showcase/Symposium and debrief)
•   Meet throughout the summer and academic year with WIT faculty, departmental WIT Contact, and course instructors to plan writing assignments and activities for tutorials, labs, lectures or online teaching contexts
•   Read assigned book chapters, articles, etc. on writing pedagogy and use these to inform TA training and faculty consultations
•   Design and lead training sessions, workshops, benchmarking sessions and consultations for course TAs on topics such as providing feedback to students on critical reading, writing, planning tutorial/lab activities related to writing, etc.) through Fall and Winter terms
•   Provide course TAs with feedback on their responses to undergraduate written work
•   Develop and/or adapt resources on writing instruction (such as marking rubrics, assignments, and writing guides) for instructors, TAs and students 
•   Communicate regularly with course instructors, the WIT Director, departmental WIT Contact and others to implement WITactivities
•   Collaborate with LWTAs in other units by meeting in peer groups to conduct peer observations and share writing instruction resources
•   Collect and analyze data on WIT (e.g., surveys, student writing samples, TA and instructor focus groups, etc.)
•   Document activities (e.g., help draft unit WIT goals, write monthly updates, a final a report about WIT activities in the unit, and organize and archive assignments, rubrics, reading and writing activities, etc.)  
This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. Standards and Policies are available in the Departmental office and the CUPE Local 3902 office. Please submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (individually written and no more than four pages), and the names of two referees who have supervised you in course TAships by May 28, 2021 to Subject line should read Lead Writing TA
The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications form minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.