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Teaching Assistantships and Tutor Markerships

Teaching Assistants assigned to 100-level courses teach two one-hour tutorial groups per week in connection with two hours/week of faculty lecture. TAs are expected to schedule two hours per week for office hours.

Teaching Assistants assigned to 200-level courses teach three one-hour tutorial groups per week in connection with two hours/week of faculty lecture. TAs are expected to schedule two hours per week for office hours.

The TA is responsible for directing tutorials, discussing the readings in the course, marking papers, and marking examinations. The lecturer is responsible for supervising the TAs in a course, assuring consistent grading standards, and evaluating the TAs' performance. 

The TM is responsible for marking students' assignments, and providing assistance with instruction and advice to students in distance education credit courses. 

Department Priorities in Appointments of TAs and TMs

Because the number of TAs and TMs in any one semester is tied to enrollment, and to the University's budget, appointments can be made only one semester at a time; however, every effort is made to see that students receive the maximum level of support.

The Graduate Chair assigns teaching assistants (TAs/TMs) to courses. Course enrolments are used to determine the number of TAs required.

Minimum qualifications for all 100-level TA postions: Experience in the field of Literature or experience in a 100-level W course.

Minimum qualifications for all 200-level TA positions: Experience in the field of Literature or experience in a 100-level W course.

Minimum qualifications for the 400-level TA position: Experience TAing or TMing a 200- or 300-level English course.

Minimum qualifications for all TM positions: Experience TAing or TMing a 100-level W English course.

Priority System for Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Allocations

In hiring Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers, the Department shall give priority to the applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in the Department with priority under XIII F.4.
  2. Graduate students registered in the Department without priority under XIII F.4.
  3. Graduate students registered in other departments with priority under XIII.F.4.
  4. Graduate students registered in other departments without priority under XIII.F.4.

The following detailed priority system for Departmental use in any selection between applicants as outlined in Article XIII, Fand H, will be used to decide which students should get an assignment:

  1. Full-time MA students not beyond their first four semesters of full-time study who have previously had only one or no TA position.
  2. Ph.D. students in their first nine semesters of full-time study.
  3. Full-time MA students not beyond their first six semesters of full-time studies.
  4. Students with positive student and Instructor TA evaluations. Satisfactory performance as a TA/TM.
  5. Students with experience in a particular field of study.
  6. Instructor requests.
  7. Students in the final phase of degree completion who would benefit from TA/TM funding in completing their degree requirements.
  8. Students in extreme financial need.

(April 2013)

Courses which have TAs

English Department lower level courses which use Teaching Assistants are:

ENGL 101W Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 102W Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 103W Introduction to Drama
ENGL 104W Introduction to the Essay
ENGL 105W Introduction to Issues in Literature and Culture
ENGL 201 Medieval Literature
ENGL 203 Early Modern Literature
ENGL 205 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literatures in English
ENGL 206 Nineteenth-Century Literatures in English
ENGL 207 Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

English Department Distance Education courses which have TMs

English Distance Education lower level courses which use Teaching Markers are:

ENGL 199W University Writing
ENGL 101W Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 102W Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 104W Introduction to Prose Genres
ENGL 205 Eighteenth Century Literature (1660-1800)
ENGL 207 Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
ENGL 210W Writing and Critical Thinking
ENGL 304 Studies in Medieval Literature
ENGL 311 Early Shakespeare
ENGL 327 Studies in Romantic Literature
ENGL 330 Studies in Victorian Literature
ENGL 340 Studies in 20th-Century British Literature before 1945
ENGL 359 Studies in Literature of British Columbia
ENGL 487W Topics in Children's Literature