Teaching Assistantship Application

T.A. applications for the Summer 2017 (1174) term are available now until 4:00PM March 13, 2017

Submit an online application for Teaching Assistantship 1174

Contact Maggie Yeung (myeung@sfu.ca) if you have any questions. See below for the list of courses. 

Qualifications for TA/TM positions in the

Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology:

Tentative T.A. Advertisement - Summer 2017

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology includes a wide range of specializations and, in order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material, as demonstrated by either having a strong performance in the course or an equivalent, or through knowledge of the discipline and registration in a graduate degree in the discipline or applicable equivalent.

Appointments for the Summer (1174) semester run May 1- August 22, 2017. All applicants for TA/TM positions for the Summer, 2017 semester are required to be present and available for all assigned work for the course(s) for which they are applying (i.e., scheduled exams and assignments, marking/grading, scheduled labs/tutorials, etc).  This includes assignments for distance courses offered through CODE.  All TAs and TMs (for Courses for Online Education) must be available to invigilate exams.  TMs must be able to collect exams and course work for marking from, and return (once marked) to, the SFU Burnaby campus. 

By submitting an application for assignment(s) in the Summer semester, you acknowledge these requirements and responsibilities.


Please note: Positions are not guaranteed. Appointments are conditional upon enrollment.


The following is a list of additional qualifications: 

BPK 142 requires the TA to have a current CPR certificate.  BPK 142 and BPK 142C – please note that as this is a first year survey course, a broad range of subject matter is taught - anatomy, biomechanics, anthropometry, exercise physiology, environmental physiology, neural control of movement, and motor learning. The tutor marker or TA need to have knowledge in all of these areas.


BPK 241 requires the TA to be a physiotherapist or chiropractor or massage therapist with experience working as a therapist for a sports team.  In addition, the TA requires a current CPR certificate and a current Sports First Responder Certification.   

BPK 303 – Must be certified in anthropometric techniques and familiar with all 42 measures used in the course.  Experienced in programming in EXCEL, SPSS, MATLAB.  Experienced with REFWORKS and Mendeley

BPK 304W – this course is a Writing course.  The W marker must have excellent writing skills and will be required to attend a W workshop or equivalent.

BPK 304W – the TA position requires excellent statistical analysis skills and expertise in SPSS. 

BPK 326 – the TA requires to have extensive experience with vertebrate dissection and previous experience with recent offering of the course.

BPK 340 requires that the scriptmarker must attend one hour of lecture on four separate occasions during the semester.

BPK 343 – The practicum coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the student practicum runs smoothly. This includes, but is not limited to, securing the placements, assigning students to their placements, trouble-shooting issues that may arise from the placements, and marking the student’s practicum journals at the end of the semester. Other responsibilities may include visiting the placements to make sure everything is running smoothly and being able to converse with practicum supervisors regarding knowledge of health and fitness assessment and programming.   

The practicum coordinator will also assist the course supervisor in administration of the 343 lab final. Specifically, the practicum coordinator will examine the students’ knowledge of pre-exercise health screening.  As such, the practicum coordinator must understand how to take blood pressure and heart rate and how to evaluate students’ performance in taking these two measures.  The practicum coordinator must also have understanding of other health screening techniques (PAR-Q, BMI, waist and hip circumferences and body composition assessment) and the limitations of these assessment methods.

The practicum supervisor must also be aware of WorkSafeBC Young Worker policies. https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/education-training-certification/young-new-worker

BPK 407 requires the TA to have a current CPR certificate.  The TA should have reasonable experience with most of the testing protocols used in the course. Successful completion of BPK 407 is preferred. 


BPK 422 (Aging Physiology) – applicants must have extensive research experience in human physiology related to at least one of, and ideally two or more of, the following aspects of aging: theories of aging, cellular aging, systemic aging, reproduction, sarcopenia, bone and joint health, the cardiovascular system, cognition, cancer, and inflammation. The applicant must also have experience leading virtual academic discussions.

Please find complete qualifications for TA/TM positions in BPK here.

Please find the TA/TM appointment priorities in BPK here.


Please find the BPK Courses in Summer 2017 Calendar here.


Equity: Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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