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TA Posting: CAS201H1S: Global Asian Studies: Insights and Concepts (Dec 1 Deadline)

University of Toronto


Job Posting – Teaching Assistant Position

Winter Term 2024 (January 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024)

Posted on November 10, 2023

The Contemporary Asian Studies program seeks 1 Teaching Assistant for the following course:

CAS201H1S: Global Asian Studies: Insights and Concepts

This course addresses Asia empirically in contemporary global formations and as an idea in the global imagination. It introduces students to concepts and theories central to scholarship on Asia and its transnational formations. It provides foundational theoretical and conceptual material to understand global issues as they play out in the politics, economies, cultures and contemporary social worlds of contemporary Asian sites. Interdisciplinary analytical and research concepts are introduced to provide area studies grounding. This course provides preparation to delve into deeper research on Asia connected to broad questions about the natures of democracy, authoritarianism, market formation, social justice, and the media of cultural expression. It informs students aiming to take more advanced courses on Asia and globalization and provides one part of the foundation for the Contemporary Asian Studies major and minor. CAS201H1 introduces the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that are explored through further grounded empirical case studies in upper year CAS courses.

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in Asia-Pacific and/or South Asian Studies and strong performance in a social sciences or humanities graduate program is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with grounded research experience in East, Southeast, and/or South Asian Studies who are excelling in their respective disciplinary graduate program, and those that evince a multi-regional social science perspective that includes critical approaches to area studies, public culture and markets, ethnography and/or historical studies. First consideration will be given to senior PhD students at the University of Toronto, but strong MA students are invited to apply. TA experience is preferred.

Relevant Criterion

Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.


  • Consultations with the instructor
  • Mark assignments and tests
  • Hold office hours for counselling students

Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

Hours of work: approx. 50 hours total

Estimated Course Enrolment: 60 students

Rate of Pay: UG/SGS I/II - $47.64/hour (+ 4% vacation pay)

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and updated CV (including previous teaching evaluations if applicable) by December 1, 2023.  Letters of recommendation are not required but will be accepted. Applications should be sent via email to Asian Institute Program Administrator and Communications Officer Rebecca Bi at YOU MUST USE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR SUBJECT LINE: TA APPLICATION: COURSE CODE: LAST NAME. Please attach your CV and cover letter as PDFs, and label your attachments as follows: Last Name_First Name_Cover; Last Name_First Name_CV.

To access accommodation during the application and hiring processes, and throughout the duration of the appointment, please contact Rebecca Bi at 

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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the position.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact During employment, to request accommodation from the University, contact the supervisor or department chair and/or Health & Wellbeing Programs & Services at For more information about accommodations at U of T, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

The hiring criteria for Teaching Assistant positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Preference in hiring shall be given to Graduate Students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto or those who have made application to be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.

Ongoing opportunities

Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund

This award provides undergraduate students with financial assistance for international learning experiences in or related to Asia, such as studying an Asian language abroad, undertaking field research or special projects, or participating in an international field school. Students will be expected to provide the Asian Institute with updates about their experience and produce a short report with photos upon completion of their travel. Quality of proposal and financial need will be considered.

Award Value: up to $3,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in any faculty or program at the University of Toronto, including UTM and UTSC. Students in the Contemporary Asian Studies and South Asian Studies undergraduate programs will receive priority.

Safety Abroad: Travel awards are paid at the time of travel after students have completed a Safety Abroad Workshop and registered with the Safety Abroad Office.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted and will be considered at any time throughout the year. Please allow 3-4 weeks for notification of the outcome of your application. Please submit the following materials to as a single pdf attachment. The email subject line should be “Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund Application” and the file name of the pdf should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME-JWSEF.

  • Statement of Research/Study Interest (This should be no more than 1 page and outline the international learning experience you plan to undertake, including the academic rationale and the significance to your program of study. If you are proposing an independent research project, you must name a U of T faculty member who is willing to supervise your research and also outline the proposed timeline, location, and planned method of data collection for your research.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information and student number)
  • Academic transcript (PDF from ACORN)
  • Budget (a detailed breakdown of estimated costs)
  • Documentation of Financial Need (OSAP assessment, if eligible, or a short paragraph describing your financial need for this award)
  • Reference Letter (One page letter of support from a University of Toronto faculty member. This should be emailed directly by the faculty member to

Questions: Please contact Katherine MacIvor (Program Advisor and Communications Officer, Asian Institute) at or 416-946-8832.

Sessional Lecturer positions at the Asian Institute: Continuously posted notice

Filling sessional lecturer positions under the CUPE3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement

How to submit an application

The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science may hire Sessional Lecturers to deliver some of its undergraduate courses. Specific courses will be posted on the Asian Institute website at , and on our Departmental bulletin board at 1 Devonshire Place, North House, outside room 228N. To be considered for a position, the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form and Curriculum Vitae must be submitted to:

Katherine MacIvor
Program Advisor, Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Room 228N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Phone: 416-946-8832

A valid email address is required. We prefer that applications and CVs be submitted via email.

General information

Generally speaking, we expect to make decisions concerning courses in May for Winter or Fall courses; and in March for Spring and Summer courses. However, some decisions may be made earlier or later than these time frames, depending on circumstances. Unexpected vacancies may arise at any time.

Applications will be retained for twenty-four (24) months. Persons who submit applications and CVs will receive emailed job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twenty-four (24) months.

This notice is posted pursuant to the CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Please note that in accordance with that agreement, preference in hiring is given to qualified persons advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12.

Please visit the University’s Current Opportunities Webpage for Sessional Lecturer positions: