Criteria for Hiring Teaching Assistants

Simon Fraser University, Department of French
Appointment Priority and Criteria for Hiring Teaching Assistants for French courses

Teaching Assistants will be hired in the Department of French in accordance with the priority provisions of Article XIII, F, of the Collective Agreement between the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University and the Teaching Support Staff Union, May 1, 2010-April 30, 2014.

In addition to the above-noted priority provisions, the Department of French will also take into consideration the following criteria when assessing the qualifications of applicants for TA positions for French language courses:

  • Qualified applicants must possess a high level of proficiency in oral and written French and English, including an in-depth knowledge of French grammar and French sound patterns and appropriate pedagogical skills to teach French, both oral and written.  Applicants will be observed and evaluated by at least two faculty members and will be notified of the results in writing by the Chair of the Department.

Please note that prior to being hired as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of French, new applicants must demonstrate proficiency in French and pedagogical skills by first observing up to 8 hours of French language classes (in two different courses) given by faculty in the Department of French, and subsequently teaching up to two (2) half hour sessions in two different language classes.

In assigning qualified Teaching Assistants to courses, the Department will equally take into account:

  • Overall qualifications for specific courses at each level
  • Instructor requests
  • Applicants' availability, course preferences and ranking provided at the time of application
  • Availability of appointments

Finally, if an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment will have priority for the appointment.

Teaching Assistants will be re-hired in accordance with Article XIII, H of the Collective Agreement between the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University and the Teaching Support Staff Union, May 1, 2010-April 30, 2014.

For specific information, please refer to the TSSU Collective Agreement.

Freedom of information and protection of privacy: All information from applicants is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, .c468, s.27(4)(a) and the University's policy of Collection of Personal Information (I.10.05).  The information is directly related to processing your application for a teaching assistant appointment and for offers of employment for successful application.  If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the Chair, Department of French, Simon Fraser University.