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Teaching Assistant posting: First Year Interest Groups in Science (FIGS)

Posted by Facuty of Science on August 5, 2021 in Job Postings

​POSTING DATE: Aug 5, 2021 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: until position is filled

This is a 5-day posting, renewable every 5 days from the initial posting

POSITION: TA 45 PAY RATE: According to the CUPE Agreement 


WORK ASSIGNMENT: In collaboration with the course instructor, the TA will help develop the content and activities of 10 one-hour sessions for one science first-year interest group (FIGS). Content and activity development will start in late August. During the Fall, the TA will prepare sessions, and may act as a mentor for the SCIE / BIOL 4444 (Leadership in Science) peer leaders who will co-deliver sessions once a week for each of the FIGS. The TAs will be responsible for co-leading weekly synchronous in person sessions, coordinating any guest speakers, active learning, workshops, and all virtual sessions for the first year students. The TA will also collaborate with the FIGS coordinator in training, coordinating, supporting and contributing to the developmental feedback and assessment of the peer leaders where appropriate. Each TA will be assigned to a of the FIGS sessions listed below, please indicate your interest and availability in your application.

This position involves being present in in person synchronous sessions during the weekly 1 hr (50 minute) sessions to deliver the session, and providing support, and verbal feedback to assist with evaluation of the Leadership course students. In addition, there will be: (1) a short weekly meeting to debrief and discuss the most recent sessions and mentoring/training of the peer leaders with the up-coming content; and (2) a separate weekly meeting with the course coordinator and other FIGS TAs. There is no marking required of this position and it provides an opportunity to engage with students on subjects they are passionate about.

FIGS Sessions:
FIGS 0001 Psychology: Mental Health and Behaviour Friday 12:35–13:25
FIGS 0002 Neuroscience of the brain Friday 11:35-12:25
FIGS 0003 Health and medicine Friday 14:35-15:25
FIGS 0004 Oceans Friday 13:35-14:25
FIGS 0005 Earth and Environment Friday 15:35-16:25
FIGS 0007 Innovation in Science Friday 10:35-11:25
FIGS 0008 Logic and Problem Solving Thursday 11:35-12:25
FIGS 0010 Indigenous Ways of Knowing Thursday 14:35-15:25

REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION: Preference will be given to those with experience leading FIGS groups, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows and to suitable candidates in a field pertinent to the content of the FIGS. Candidates must demonstrate a strong communication and leadership skills. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic and outgoing; he or she must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with both first year and senior undergraduate students, and be able to work collaboratively as well as independently. Candidates must be available to attend the weekly sessions as listed above.

Dr. Kerrianne Ryan (FIGS Co-ordinator)
Email:; phone: 902-448-3658

All offers of employment and the associated number of hours are conditional upon sufficient student enrolment in the course, incoming graduate students and approval by the university.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identifies, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.