Teaching Assistant

Lead Writing TA 2021-2022

Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT) program, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

The Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT) program has been running since 2017-2018. The two core WIT courses are KNPE 167 Socio-cultural Dimensions of Sport and Physical Activity and HLTH 205 Introduction to Health Promotion. The WIT program is modeled after the program developed by the University of Toronto. The Lead Writing TA (LWTA) will work closely with the WIT course instructors and will facilitate training for course TAs as well as act as a writing pedagogy advisor for other SKHS instructors.

A training period with the outgoing LWTA will take place throughout July 2021.


·       Participate in any relevant training offered throughout the year by the Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning and/or Writing Centre.

·       Meet throughout the summer with course instructors to plan course assignments and writing activities for lectures and/or tutorials.

·       Design and lead training sessions and consultations for course TAs on various topics (such as providing feedback to students on writing, planning tutorial activities related to writing, etc.) through Fall and Winter terms.

·       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 WIT course TAs and instructors, and others to implement WIT activities.

·       Collect and analyze data on the WIT program (e.g., surveys, student writing samples, TA and instructor focus groups, etc.).

·       Document activities (e.g., provide regular updates to the SKHS Department Manager and Undergraduate Chair, write a final a report about WIT activities in the unit, etc.).

·       Act as an advisor to other SKHS course instructors, as needed and as time permits, to enhance writing instruction and assessment across the SKHS programs.



·       Current PhD student

·       At least two years’ experience as a course TA, with duties including grading and leading tutorials/labs or in-class instruction

·       Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with and show tact when communicating with course instructors and TAs

·       Strong administrative skills, including ability to schedule meetings, plan, and document work

·       Strong time management skills with ability to meet multiple deadlines

·       Strong facilitation and presentation skills and/or experience leading workshops 

·       Evidence of strong writing skills in their discipline

·       Flexible schedule, able to accommodate short notice requests for meetings with WIT participants


Term of contract:  01 July 2021 to 30 April 2022

Salary: $43.78/ hr. (as per PSAC 901 TA/TF Collective Agreement)

Hours: 150 total


Application Requirements

1.     Cover letter (2- 3 pages): In your cover letter, please address the following:

a.     Why are you interested in acting as the LWTA, and what previous experiences have you had that make you a strong candidate for the position?

b.     Describe your own writing process.

c.      Provide evidence/examples of your leadership skills

d.     Provide evidence/examples of your mentorship skills.


2.     Writing Sample: provide a writing sample that you wrote independently (e.g., thesis proposal or chapter, course paper, or publication) – approx. 750-1500 words.


3.     CV


4.     Unofficial Transcript


*Note: Your PhD supervisor will be contacted for a verbal reference. Please also provide contact information (only) from one other referee/course instructor who you have worked with as a Teaching Assistant.  You do not need to provide reference letters with your application. 


Application Deadline

Applications are due by Thursday, May 20, 2021 at midnight.


Submit application in PDF Version to: skhs.grad@queensu.ca


2021-2022 Teaching Assistantship positions available
We are now accepting Teaching Assistantship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year from SKHS graduate students. We will post positions for external candidates if any positions remain unfilled after internal positions have been allocated. 

TA positions available in all HLTH and KNPE courses: Click HERE

Please rank your top choices for TA positions in each term in the following survey: Click HERE  


The ranking deadline is 4:30 PM on Friday, June 25th, 2021. 

TA applications will be considered in the following priority order:

1. Priority Group A: SKHS funding eligible graduate students (full-time year 1-2 Master’s and year 1-4 PhD students) are given first priority for TA positions. Your application consists of your ranking of positions in the survey above. No other information is required;

2. Priority Group B:  SKHS graduate students in year 3+ Master’s and year 5+ PhD are encouraged to also submit applications, as these will be considered as second priority if any positions remain unfilled. In addition to submitting your rankings in the survey above, please also send a copy of your CV and unofficial transcript to skhs.grad@queensu.ca (as per the PSAC
Collective Agreement article 12.05).



SKHS Graduate Students in Preference Group A will be given priority – see PSAC 901 TA/TF Collective Agreement for definition.

All teaching assistantships are governed by the PSAC 901 TA/TF Collective Agreement. Contact PSAC 901:  info@psac901.org

The 2021-2022 Teaching Assistantship call for applications has closed.


There are currently no Teaching Assistantship positions open in SKHS.