• Dika Ojiakor

GTA Vacancy

Department/Program:Biology

Ext.: 80146


Application Deadline: September 3, 2020


Position Description:

PhD candidates who are currently just beyond their normal TA eligibility period are welcome to apply. Graduate students in Biology programs will be given preference.


• Biology 1001A/1201A (Duties are separated into modules) MODULE A (10h 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 1 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. Proctoring within the course is typically one Term Test and the Final Exam. MODULE B (5 or 10 h per week) This is a “virtual 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 is no out-of-class grading. 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 may involve three Term Tests and the Final Exam. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


• Biology 2244A 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 (maybe) 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. Familiarity with online teaching tools and R programming an asset.

• Biology 2290F Scientific Methods in Biology (5 or 10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, providing feedback to students, and marking assignments and final exam. Applicants require demonstrable skills in writing, and should have teaching experience. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


• Biology 2483A Introduction to Ecology Tutorials (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching (online or in-person), marking assignments and record keeping. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in the fields of ecology and evolution. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


• Biology 2601A Physiology of Organisms (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include supervision of students working through virtual labs and marking of assignments. Participation in safety training and attendance at weekly meetings is expected. Teaching experience is desired. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


• Biology 3338A Developmental Biology (10 hours per week). TAing responsibilities will include organization, supervision and grading of students in tutorials, and marking of assignments. The tutorial duties include a brief presentation of current Vertebrate Developmental followed by the administration of short student presentations and discussions of those developmental topics. TA will mark short reports based on the presentation as well as presentation and participation. TAs may also be responsible for proctoring midterms and exams, as well as administering the course website and dealing with course related emails. Applicants require a broad knowledge in cell and developmental biology. Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


• Biology 3592A Genomics and Beyond (10 hours per week) Responsibilities include teaching, marking assignments, record keeping, attending classes and meetings, and (maybe) proctoring a final exam. Applicants should have experience teaching and be knowledgeable in modern experimental approaches in genetics and molecular biology as applied to such topics as genomics (gene identification and classification), functional genomics (genome expression profiles) and bioinformatics (computational genomic analysis) Familiarity with online teaching tools an asset.


These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Thursday, September 3, 2020. Send the following information INLINE (NO ATTACHMENTS) to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via your UWO email account only. 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. Please do not send a CV or lists of publications. Applications that do not meet the above requirements or do not have the consent of supervisor(s) will not be considered.

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