“McGill University is Committed to Equity in Employment”

Date of Posting:    March 10, 2019


Hiring Unit & Address:  Biology Department

Stewart Biology Bldg  N7/9A

Application Deadline Date:  April 10 2019

Course Title: Principles: Organismal Biology - Technical and Lecture Content Assistant

Course Number:  BIOL 111 (Fall)

Instructors:  Prof. Andrew Hendry and staff

Hours of Work: (per term)   90

Number of TA positions available (estimate):  1

Approx. Date of Appointment:

Starting:  September 3, 2019

Ending:  December 13, 2019


Hourly rate:  TBA

Per Term:

Required Duties:

       -    Meets with professors and lab coordinator before the beginning and at end of term.

-       Updates the BIOL 111 myCourses’ site, discussion board information as required, on myCourses, before the first day of the fall semester, Tuesday, September, 3rd.

-       Accountable for the professional and confidential use of the BIOL 111 Grade Book in myCourses.

-       Masters all material to answer student questions regarding the course material via the discussion board on myCourses, the McGill email system or other McGill-supported tools, on a daily basis.

-       Assists professors with the use of student response system tool(s) and associated program(s) during lectures as required.

-       Assists professors with the administration of the grades for the online evaluations.

-       In collaboration with the lab coordinator and lab TAs, creates, maintains and expands lab-related web-based tools and data-entry resources.

-       Proof-reads and assists with formatting the midterm and final exams with the lecturers and assists the lab coordinator with the management of exams, as required.

-       Answers to questions during & after the viewing period on the student discussion board.

-       Monitors and answers to student content on the discussion board.

-       Organizes and conducts recorded review sessions before the midterm and final exams.

      -     Communicates with the students via the “NEWS” tool of the BIOL111 myCourses

             Homepage, as required.

-       Invigilates the midterm lecture exam in the evening.

      -     Any other related duties, as assigned and required during the relocation of the teaching labs.

Qualifications Required: 

- Preferably has taken BIOL 111. Background in general biology (animals and plants).

- Availability late in the summer 2019, before the first week of the term in September in order to update the content of myCourses, as required.

- Must have good organization and communication skills

- Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint & McGill-supported online tools available for student

  response systems, communication platforms and document sharing tools

- Preference given to someone who is proficient in web-based data entry resources.

- Preference given to someone who has been a BIOL 111 lab TA.

- Preference given to someone, simultaneously teaching one BIOL 111 lab section.

Language requirements (if relevant): Reasonable fluency in English

Name and Title of Course Supervisor:  Prof. Andrew Hendry

NOTE: All applicants must apply in writing, using the application form provided, to the appropriate Hiring Unit by the Application deadline (see above).    NOTE: Announcements are considered tentative, pending final determination of course offerings and enrolments.