Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA) are co-ordinated and administered at the departmental level. TAs usually work an average of twelve hours a week, for a total of 192 hours a term. The pay rates for TAships are negotiated by the TA Union (CUPE 2278).

The call for TA positions for each Winter session (September 1 – December 31, January 1 – April 30) is posted around February or March of each year. Students are notified of any TAships awarded for the Winter session sometime in June or July.

Current Anthropology grad students who have not previously held a TA position within the department should submit a TA application form (available on the Anthropology AIR site) and two TA recommendation forms to the Graduate Office no later than March 31st of each year.

Important Info for TAs

Office Space
As a TA in our department, you have been assigned an office in the AnSo building. If you have not done so already, please see the AnSo Graduate Secretary in the AnSo Grad Office in order to find out where your office is located. In order to obtain a key, please email the Graduate Secretary with your name, student number, and the room number of your office.

As you will be sharing office space with other TAs, please ensure that your TA office hours are posted clearly outside your office. It is a good idea to negotiate your office hours with the TAs sharing your office space so that students coming to see you have uninterrupted time with you.

If you are required to photocopy material for class, and you will be photocopying in the department copy room across from the Grad Office, you will need to ask your instructor to supply you with their copy code. The copy code is needed in order to log onto the copy machine.

If you require equipment for a class, equipment can be booked from the Main Office Secretary. Please remember to return any equipment borrowed from the mailroom promptly after class.

TAs are paid bi-monthly on the 15th and the 30th or 31st of each month. If you have not arranged for payroll direct deposit, your paycheques can be picked up at Financial Services/Payroll on the third floor of the GSAB building. Please note that you will need photo ID to pick up your paycheques.

Direct deposit forms are available at Financial Services/Payroll or at their website.

If there are any problems with your appointment, please let the AnSo Graduate Secretary know.

Workload Concerns
If your TA duties conflict with deadlines for your courses or responsibilities for other academic work, please be sure to notify your own instructor (or supervisor) and the instructor of the course you are TAing for in order to work out a solution.

TAs must complete a “Teaching Assistant Duties and Hours Form” and return this to the Graduate Secretary. This form is an agreement between you and the instructor, ensuring that you do not exceed 192 hours of work per term.

Useful Links for TAs

UBC Academic Calendar (Important dates and deadlines)

UBC Grading Practices

UBC Academic Integrity (Cheating, plagiarism, misconduct and student discipline)

Plagiarism Prevention Guide (Copyright infringement, different types of plagiarism, consequences of plagiarism, and how to prevent it)

TurnItIn (Information on essay purchases off the web, plagiarism, etc.)

UBC English Language Institute (For students needing extra English language study)

UBC Policies (Appointments, equity, health and safety, travel, etc)

UBC Financial Services (Payroll direct deposit forms, personal data form, etc)

UBC Library

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the AnSo Graduate Secretary in the Grad Office.