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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 18, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Instructional Assistant Positions for 2015-2016



Subject to final budgetary approval, the Department of Political Science invites applications for Instructional Assistants (IAs) for PO101 and PO102 during the 2015-16 academic year. The exact number of positions available will be determined when final enrolment numbers are available. The number of winter term contracts issued will depend upon a combination of the enrolment levels in the winter term and the performance of the IAs in the fall term.


Position Overview: IAs will be required to prepare for and run weekly workshops; mark assignments, tests and exams; attend meetings with the instructors; hold office hours, and respond to e-mails from students in their workshops. The total weekly commitment is likely to be from 6-8 hours, with the exact number depending on the number of groups assigned to the IA, and the enrolments of those groups. There will also be approximately 4-5 peak periods throughout each term for marking assignments and/or exams, during which the required number of hours to be worked will increase.

Additional Requirements: IAs must also attend an Instructional Assistants Orientation and the University's day-long Teaching Assistants Conference, both of which will be scheduled for some time during Orientation Week. These dates will be known at the time appointments are confirmed (which should be no later than June 15, 2015). Because of the importance the department places on attendance at each of these events, contracts will not be issued for those who do not attend.

Academic Qualifications: Applicants should be 4th year Honours Political Science or Honours Political Science with Research Specialization students as of September, 2015 whose Political Science and Overall GPAs are no less than 9.50 each at the end of the Winter 2015 semester.

Other Qualifications: Applicants should be good communicators (clear, articulate speakers), with strong interpersonal skills (friendly, approachable, able to create a positive rapport with students, etc.); capable of unbiased evaluation; possess discerning, critical reading skills; be able to skilfully communicate his or her academic understanding in standard academic text forms; and be able to write clearly and argumentatively, with a solid understanding of the basics of syntax, punctuation and grammar.

Compensation: $21.70 per hour, plus 4% in lieu of vacation pay; 120 hours for the term.

Applications and Due Dates: Applicants should send a cover letter, including a statement about the his/her suitability for the position and what s/he can bring to the course, a resume, and the names of two academic references. Note that references from faculty members who can speak to your writing ability and/or participation in class would be preferred. Official transcripts are not required as the department has access to - and will refer to - academic records. Complete applications should be mailed or delivered to: Sherry Palmer, Department of Political Science, Room 4-120, Alvin Woods Building, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, May 22, 2015. (E-mail submissions will not be accepted.)