As part of the guaranteed funding package, students are guaranteed a specific number (up to 180) hours of Teaching Assistant (TA) work across the fall/winter sessions. Although these hours are guaranteed, students must apply to the specific positions (courses) they wish to TA. Students who do not apply for TA positions, or who decline positions they are offered are considered to have forfeited this funding and will have their funding package reduced accordingly.
Teaching Assistants are paid an hourly rate of $45.39, including vacation pay. Payments are made monthly through the payroll system. TA work may take various forms including marking assignments and running tutorials and laboratory sessions. These positions provide both a source of funding and a form of professional training. Students are eligible to TA at any of the University of Toronto campuses (Mississauga, St. George, or Scarborough). Students affiliated with UTM are given priority when applying for TA positions at the Mississauga campus.
PhD students are guaranteed one subsequent appointment each year (the hours of the subsequent appointments will be the same as their first or second appointment, whichever is greater). The department assigns students to their subsequent appointments in May/June for the following academic year. The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is uniquely situated to be able to offer positions to students who are outside the funded cohort (i.e. in their second year of Master’s studies).
Once guaranteed appointments are assigned, the department will circulate remaining available TA positions to incoming and current students in July. Students may apply for TA positions in addition to the hours assigned for their base package.