Posting Date: October 18, 2018
Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: November 12, 2018

The American Studies undergraduate program is seeking one Teaching Assistant for the following course in the Winter 2019 semester:

USA300H1S: Theories and Methods in American Studies
Instructor: Dr. A. Rahr; Thursdays 12-2 pm
This course, required for majors and minors, but open to all who have met the prerequisites, explores a range of approaches to the field of American Studies. Students will be introduced to some of the many ‘theories and methods’ that have animated the field of American Studies, including historical methods; formal analysis of visual and literary texts; and key concepts, such as commodity chain analysis, ‘race,’ ‘commodity,’ ‘gender,’ ‘diaspora,’ and ‘affect.’

Description of Duties: Designing tutorials in consultation with the instructor; teaching tutorials; marking/grading student papers and examinations; holding office hours for academic counselling of 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.

Enrollment: The estimated course enrollment is a maximum of 60 students.One Teaching Assistant will be hired; the appointment size, and number of hours, varies with the entitlement of the hired graduate student assistant.

Number of tutorial sections and dates/times: Maximum of 2; Thursdays: 2:00-3:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm.

Hours of work: Approx. 110 hours in total

Qualifications: Teaching experience in leading tutorials as well as an Americanist research focus are preferred. First consideration will be given to full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Rate of Pay: $45.33 per hour (+ 4% vacation pay). Salary and qualifications are per the latest agreement with CUPE, Local 3902; standards and policies regarding the agreement are available in the Centre for the Study of the United States and in the CUPE Local 3902 office.

Final availability of the position is contingent upon enrollment, budgetary consideration, and the determination of appointments as governed by the collective agreement.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V. (including previous teaching evaluations, if applicable), and the names of two referees by November 12, 2018. Please submit applications electronically to Prof. Nic Sammond at

If during the application and/or selection process you require accommodation due to a disability, please contact

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.

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.

Deadline: November 12, 2018