GTA Position Vacancies – Biology, Integrated Science
Department/Program: Biology Ext.: 80146 Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 Position Description: Biology 1001B (Duties are separated into modules) MODULE A (10 hours per week) This is a “tutorial” environment with one TA leader for each section of 40 students. The program is organized into five Modules that each play out over 2 weeks. TAs with full (140 hr) appointments typically have five 2-hr sessions over the 2-week period of each Module. Each session generates 2 hr of out-of-class grading (usually online). There are biweekly one-hour organizational meetings followed by 2 hr of prep time. There will be 8 hrs of marking for the Final Exam on one designated day during the exam period. Proctoring within the course is typically one Term Test and the Final Exam. MODULE B (5 or 10 hours per week) This is a “Hands-on lab” environment with two TA leaders for each section of 40 students. The program is organized into five Modules that each play out over 2 weeks. TAs with full (140 hr) appointments typically have five, 3.5 hr, sessions over the 2-week period of each Module. There are biweekly 2 hr organizational meetings followed by 2 hr of prep time. There will be 8 hrs of marking for the Final Exam on one designated day during the exam period. There will be roughly 4 hr of diverse administrative work over the term as assigned. Proctoring within the course is typically three Term Tests and the Final Exam. Biology 2217B Economic Botany (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include the following: a) carrying out tutorials; b) teaching laboratory exercises; c) grading tests and tutorial reports, providing positive feedback to students. A strong familiarity with plant biology and techniques used in studying them required. Candidate should also be very familiar with the OWL system. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. Biology 2290G (ONLINE and BLENDED) Scientific Methods in Biology (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, providing feedback to students, and marking assignments and final exam (maybe proctoring). Applicants require demonstrable skills in writing, and should have teaching experience. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. Biology 2485B Environmental Biology (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching (online or in-person), marking assignments and record keeping (maybe proctoring). Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the field of environmental biology. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset. Biology 2581B Genetics (10 hours per week) The primary duty of TAs will be in the delivery of the tutorial content to classes of ~ 25 students. Good oral communication skills in the English language are required. Students attend one tutorial session every second week. TAs will be required to teach two tutorial sessions every week. This will include administering end of tutorial quizzes aimed at testing the students’ knowledge of the concepts covered. Duties will also include taking part in tutorial help sessions that will take place before each midterm and the final exam. Biology 2244B Introduction to Statistics (10 hours per week) TAs may be responsible for the following: leading several computer lab sections (~50 students), marking/providing feedback on written assignments, attending regular course meetings, answering student questions about graded assignments, and/or proctoring exams. Theoretical and applied understanding of statistical concepts (e.g. sampling & study design, probability, summary statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, t-tests, correlation & regression, and ANOVA), clarity in spoken English, and excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills are essential. INTEGRATED SCIENCE 1001X (5h per week)This is a hands-on lab environment with a biology TA co-leading sections of 32 students. The labs are interdisciplinary and cover concepts from chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and computer science. The biology TA will oversee all labs that include a biology component. The appointment (70 hours) includes six, 3 hr laboratory sessions. In addition, for each lab activity there will be TA meetings lead by the lab manager, as well as 2 hours of prep time. There will be roughly 35 hours of grading, including formal lab reports and short templated reports. Proctoring of the midterm and final exam may be required. A background in biology and/or integrated science is strongly preferred. Send the following information INLINE (NO ATTACHMENTS) to Tricia Gray (email@example.com). NOTE: Emails to other addresses will not be acknowledged. Deadline is 4:00 pm on Wed. Dec. 1, 2021. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. Full name, local phone contact, uwo email address, current program and status, name of supervisor with contact number and email, name of grad chair (if applicable) with contact number and email, brief description of subject background and teaching experience (or equivalent) PLUS the course number(s) to which you would like to apply. Applications that do not meet the above requirements or do not have the consent of supervisor(s) will not be considered. Evidence of approval may be sent via email forward or screenshot. Applicants without evidence of approval to apply to biology will not be considered.