Teaching Assistantships

Online TA Application

Within Sociology, all positions of teaching support service are referred to as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and are appointed as GTA1, GTA2 or Undergraduate classifications. TAs will assist with a variety of course related activities, and may include setting up and assisting in discussion groups, assisting in marking assignments and examinations, invigilation of exams, and carrying out related work.

Applicants for the Teaching Assistant positions must have a suitable background, normally be a graduate student in the course subject area; however, 4th year undergraduates with appropriate backgrounds can also apply.

TA’s are expected to be available for the duration of their contract and must discuss periods of unavailability with the SOCI Grad Office prior to accepting any offers.

To apply for a TA position within SOCI, you need to complete and submit an online application.  Please note – you MUST be registered as a student during the term you are TA’ing (this applies to both Winter Session and Summer Session TA’s).

The application for Winter Session is posted on May 19th  and remains open until June 30th. (Only submit one application, do not send updated resumes after the deadline)

After the application deadline, our hiring committee will begin selecting TA’s.  Please DO NOT contact the SOCI Graduate Office to inquire about your application. You will ONLY be contacted by this office in the event that you have been selected as a TA. If you are selected as a successful candidate for a position, you will receive an email with offer details that will include the name of the course, the term of the appointment, the number of assigned hours and the wage classification.

You MUST inform the SOCI Graduate Office if you have or will be accepting any TA positions either within SOCI and/or external to the department with a total hour count in excess of 192 hours as we will be unable to process appointments that exceed 192 hours per term without permission from CUPE 2278.  If you are offered a position, please inform us of any other TA assignment(s) you have committed to and the number of appointed hours.

If you are selected for a position and have never worked for UBC before, you will be required to submit supporting documentation: a UBC Personal Data form, copy of your valid student/work permit and a photocopy of your SIN. Please note that you cannot be hired at UBC without a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).

If you are an international student, you MUST also have a valid student/work permit and will be required to submit a clear photocopy of this document.

First round of successful applicants will be contacted by the department by August 1st and the second round by August 21st. Applicants selected to be on the wait list will be notified by Sept 1st.

 A word on supporting documentation and privacy

In order to prepare TA appointments, some students may be asked for supporting documentation.  Students who have never been employed by UBC will be required to submit a signed Personal Data Form along with a scanned copy of their SIN.  International students will also need to submit a valid copy of their Study Permit.

If you are concerned about confidentiality of these documents, please note – these files are only accessible to the administrator of the online application, the SOCI Graduate Program Secretary – SOCI and the Human Resources office.  Once the application process is over, these files are removed from the server.


 Deadline to apply: July 1st, 2017

We are no longer accepting applications.

First round of successful applicants will be contacted by the department by August 1st and the second round by August 21st. Applicants selected to be on the waitlist will be notified by Sept 1st. Please do not call to inquire about your status.

Please note:

Each appointment will be in accordance with the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement (CUPE 2278). Please note, TA’s are appointed based on their classification (see SCHEDULE A – WAGES AND CLASSIFICATIONS of the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement).

  • Current pay rates according to CUPE 2278 (subject to change)