Within Sociology, all positions of teaching support service are referred to as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and are appointed as GTA1, GTA2 or Undergraduate classifications.
Undergraduate or Graduate TAs will assist with a variety of course related activities, and may include setting up and assisting in discussion groups, assisting in marking assignments and examinations, invigilation of exams, and carrying out related work.
You will be expected to attend and actively participate in information and orientation sessions set up by the union and the Department of Sociology. Your time devoted for these sessions are included in your total TA hours (192) for the term.
TA’s are expected to be available for the duration of their contract—from the first day of classes until the end of the final examination period, with the possibility of marking duties extending past the final exam period.
You must discuss periods of unavailability with the SOCI Undergraduate Office prior to accepting any offers. Students who accept a position but then rescind the offer at the start of the term will not be considered for future TA positions in the department.
To apply for a TA position, you need to complete and submit an online application.
Only individuals who will be registered as a student during the TA term are eligible to apply.
The application for Winter Session is posted on May 1 and remains open until July 1.
Please only submit one application and only contact the department if you would like to remove your application from consideration.
In July, a committee will meet to consider applications and identify TAs. Fourth year (and above) students are prioritized for positions, as are students with higher GPAs and strong recommendations from faculty members. Other aspects of your application, course schedule and availability are also considered.
Successful applicants will be contacted in August and waitlisted candidates will be contacted in early September. Selected candidates are advised to accept or decline a position within 72 hours of the offer being made.
Students are restricted to a total of 192 hours of paid employment as TAs during the academic term. Students must notify the office immediately if they accept more than one position with any department at the University.
If you are selected for a position and have never worked for UBC before, you will be required to submit supporting documentation:
- UBC Personal Data form
- Photocopy of your SIN
- Photocopy of your valid student/work permit (international students only)
If you are concerned about confidentiality of these documents, please note that these files are only accessible to the administrator of the online application, the Sociology Undergraduate Secretary and the Human Resources office. Once the application process is over, these files are removed from the server.
Each appointment will be in accordance with the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement (CUPE 2278). TA’s are appointed based on their classification (SCHEDULE A – WAGES AND CLASSIFICATIONS of the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement). http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/CUPE-2278-2014-2019-Completed.pdf