Teaching Assistant Position

January 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018   

The Contemporary Asian Studies program seeks one Teaching Assistant for the following course:

CAS450H1S: Asian Pathways Research Practice

Course instructor: Lynette Ong

This seminar builds on the systematic overview of research methodologies of the Contemporary Asian Studies major and its capstone course, CAS400H1. CAS450H1 provides students with the opportunity to research questions of contemporary relevance stemming from Asia and its transnational networks and communities. Addressing a range of methodologies, including historical-archival, ethnographic, visual/media, and statistical/quantitative, the course emphasizes research experience outside the classroom, in Asia as well as locally with communities in Toronto. Students will develop their own research contributions while working collaboratively. This course, which is a senior undergraduate practicum, attracts students from varied disciplinary specialization with a common interest in Asia.


An MA degree is a minimum requirement, though upper-year PhD candidates with significant teaching experience are preferred. The ideal candidate should have strong methodological training and research experience in social science or humanities. Candidates with disciplinary background in History, Anthropology or East Asian Studies are preferred, but other specializations will also be considered. TA experience is preferred.


Job description includes, but is not restricted to, course preparation, consultation with students, holding office hours, grading and assisting with students’ field research.

 Course timetable: Wednesdays, 2-4pm

Hours of work: 200 hours

Number of positions: 1

Estimated Course Enrolment: 25 students

Rate of Pay: SGS I/II – $43.65/hour (+4% vacation Pay)

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including previous teaching evaluations if applicable), and transcripts by July 7, 2017. Letters of recommendation are not required but will be accepted. Applications should be sent via email to the Contemporary Asian Studies Program Administrator, Neena Peterson at ai.asianstudies@utoronto.ca. Enquiries for the position should be directed to Professor Lynette Ong at Lynette.Ong@utoronto.ca. YOU MUST USE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR SUBJECT LINE: APPLICATION: COURSE CODE: LAST NAME. Please attach your resume and cover letter as PDFs, and label your attachments as follows: Last Name_First Name_Cover; Last Name_First Name_CV.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department office and in the CUPE Local 3902 office. Final availability of the position(s) is contingent upon enrolment, budgetary consideration and the determination of appointments as governed by the collective agreement.

The University of Toronto 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, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Note: Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (or CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St. George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.

Posted on June 15, 2017.

Deadline: July 13, 2017