2022-2023 | Book and Media Studies Lead Writing TA

Closes: July 11, 2022

writing instruction initiative in Arts and Science, the Lead Writing TA (LWTA) will work with the WIT staff and WIT Unit Contact to support course instructors and TAs in selected courses, as well as support undergraduate student writing development overall in the hiring department. The LWTA will perform the following duties:

  • Participate in training sessions (with LWTAs from other units) in July and throughout the year (late August, early January, and an end-of-year event)
  • Read book chapters, articles, etc. on writing pedagogy
  • Meet with WIT staff, departmental WIT Contacts, and course instructors to plan writing assignments activities and for tutorials, labs, or lectures
  • Design and lead training sessions and consultations for course TAs on writing-related topics, such as providing feedback to students on critical reading, writing, planning tutorial/lab activities related to writing, etc.
  • Develop and/or adapt resources on writing instruction (such as marking rubrics and assignments) for instructors, TAs, and students
  • Communicate regularly by email and in person with course instructors, WIT staff, departmental WIT Contacts and others to implement WIT activities
  • Collaborate with LWTAs in other units by meeting in peer groups and sharing writing instruction resources
  • Collect and analyze data on WIT (e.g., surveys, student writing samples, TA and instructor focus groups, etc.)
  • Document activities (e.g., help draft unit WIT goals, provide monthly updates, write a final a report about WIT activities in the unit, etc.)
  • Department
    Office of the Principal & VP
  • Compensation
    $46.23 per hour + 4% vacation pay
  • Hours
    125 hours
  • How to Apply
  • Terms


    • Current PhD student with least two years’ experience as a course TA, whether leading tutorials/ labs, in-class instruction, or grading
    • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to work effectively with and show tact when communicating with administrators, course instructors, and TAs
    • Strong administrative skills, including ability to schedule meetings and training sessions, plan and document work
    • Strong time management skills with ability to meet multiple deadlines
    • Strong facilitation and presentation skills and/or experience leading/facilitating workshops
    • Evidence of superior writing skills in their discipline (writing sample must be individually authored)
    • Flexible schedule, willing and able to accommodate short notice requests for meetings with WIT staff, course instructors, and TAs

    Number of positions: 1


    Size of appointment: 125 hours


    Dates of appointment: July 13, 2022 – April 30, 2023


    Application process:

    Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, and the names of two referees to:

    University of St. Michael’s College c/o Office of the Principal

    email: usmc.principalsoffice@utoronto.ca



    Please note that this position is tentative, pending funding, final course determinations and enrolments.

    This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 4 Collective Agreement.

    Vaccination Requirement

    As an employee of the University, you must be fully vaccinated to be able to attend and perform duties on University premises as required, even if some or all of your duties can be performed remotely. To read about our process in reviewing Medical Exemptions please visit this link.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

    The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact Human Resources at 416-926-1300 ext. 7191 or hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca