Resources for Teaching Assistants (TAs)

The Haskayne Office of Teaching and Learning coordinates the orientation of TAs, maintains the Haskayne TA Pool, and processes TA hires for Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration courses.

Teaching Assistants have an important role in the Haskayne School of Business, advancing the achievement of program goals and contributing to the Haskayne learning community. The preparation, time, talents, and commitment of Haskayne TAs positively impact the learning experience of fellow students, and the role provides TAs with peer-teaching experience, and an opportunity to deepen their own learning and critical reflection.

This page provides an overview of TA Pool registration, TA hiring processes, training opportunities, and resources. If you are interested in becoming a Haskayne TA, please read through the Haskayne TA Policy document found in the Haskayne TA Pool and direct any questions about the TA hiring processes to one of the Teaching and Learning Coordinators.

Eligibility

TAs must be in good academic standing and have no record of any breaches of academic integrity. 

All potential TAs must register in the Haskayne TA Pool. In order to be referred from the TA Pool, applicants should have an A- or higher in that particular course.

1. Join the Haskayne Teaching Assistants D2L Page

To self-enroll in the Haskayne TAs D2L page, please log in to D2L > My Tools > Self Registration > Haskayne TAs > Register > Add your name and email address, then press Submit > Finish > Done

You will need to self-enroll each year, as the Haskayne TAs D2L page is cleared every summer.

 

2. Enroll in the TA Pool

The TA Pool will be refreshed annually in August, and as such TAs will be required to self-enroll each year that they want to continue to be in the TA Pool. This process will help ensure the TA Pool comprises up-to-date contact information, course completion and interest information, and orientation information. Content of the online TA Orientation and additional TA training opportunities will change annually to reflect changes in TA Policy and course requests, and therefore returning TAs and prospective TAs will need to complete the TA Orientation processes annually.

 

3. Complete the TA Orientation.

Once you have self-enrolled in the Haskayne TAs D2L page, please complete the TA Orientation. This TA Orientation process comprehensively covers the expectations for Haskayne TAs. This includes Academic Integrity and Misconduct, FOIP, the process for submitting timesheets, and processes for addressing concerns. TAs are granted two attempts at the TA Orientation Quiz. If difficulties arise that impede the successful completion of this step, please reach out to the corresponding area's Teaching & Learning Coordinator.

Please contact hsbtl@haskayne.ucalgary.ca with any questions or concerns related to the TA Pool or D2L page self-enrollment.

 

TA Pool Registration

TA Pool registration and the TA Orientation must be completed prior to hiring and commencing TA work each year. You can find the necessary steps outline in our Haskayne TA Pool D2L site.

To self-enroll in the Haskayne TAs D2L page, please log in to D2L > My Tools > Self Registration > Haskayne TAs > Register > Add your name and email address, then press Submit > Finish > Done

You will need to self-enroll each year, as the Haskayne TAs D2L page is cleared every summer.

Once you have self-enrolled in the Haskayne TAs D2L page, please complete the TA Orientation. This TA Orientation process comprehensively covers the expectations for Haskayne TAs. This includes Academic Integrity and Misconduct, FOIP, the process for submitting timesheets, and processes for addressing concerns. TAs are granted two attempts at the TA Orientation Quiz. If difficulties arise that impede the successful completion of this step, please reach out to the corresponding area's Teaching & Learning Coordinator.

The TA Pool will be refreshed annually in August, and as such TAs will be required to self-enroll each year that they wish to continue to be in the TA Pool. This process will help ensure the TA Pool comprises up-to-date contact information, course completion and interest information, and orientation information. Content of the online TA Orientation and additional TA training opportunities will change annually to reflect changes in TA Policy and course requests, and therefore returning TAs and prospective TAs will need to complete the TA Orientation processes annually.

Academic Integrity is integral to the work of all Haskayne TAs, and therefore TAs must be in good standing, with no Academic Sanctions, to be eligible for hire.

Please contact hsbtl@haskayne.ucalgary.ca with any questions or concerns related to the TA Pool or D2L page self-enrollment.

Hiring Procedures

Instructors can access the TA Pool to identify potential TAs to assist in their courses, and students can also approach an Instructor and inquire about TA opportunities directly in a specific course. No matter how a potential TA is identified, the student will first need to register in the TA Pool as outlined above, and then complete the required hiring paperwork:

  1. the Employee Information Form
  2. the Hourly Hire form (see Haskayne TA Pool D2L site and/or the detailed version of the Haskayne TA Policy for more information).

Both the completed Employee Information Form and the completed Hourly Hire form can be submitted to the Area Teaching and Learning Coordinator for processing in the PeopleSoft system. A TA hire cannot be processed until both of these forms are completed and signed by the hiring supervisor.

Time Commitment

Limitations on the number of hours that a TA can work in a day, and in a week, are in place to respect the TA's status as a student. TAs are required to discuss course commitments and timelines openly with their Hiring Supervisor in order to ensure mutual agreement on the hours of work expected on a weekly basis, and the timeframes for completing assigned TA work.

During the regular Fall and Winter semester TAs must work at least three (3) hours per shift, not to exceed seven (7) hours per day or twenty two and one-half (22.5) hours per week. However, the weekly maximums do not apply between December 1st and January 15th or between May 1st and September 15th.

As Student Employees, TAs must be registered in at least one (1) full University course, or be registered as a Graduate Student.

Timesheet Reporting Process

PeopleSoft Timesheet Reporting

TAs must keep track of their tasks and the hours that they work each week for each course that they are hired to be a TA. TAs must enter this information into the PeopleSoft system, accessed through my.ucalgary.ca portal All about me > Report time tabs.

All the hours worked in the week are paid at straight time, and TAs must be aware that the seven (7) hour daily maximum applies as a cap on hours worked for the University; therefore, if you are a TA in more than one class, or if you have a part time job at the University, e.g. as a Co-Op student, you must ensure that the hours you work as a TA in addition to any other hours worked as a UCalgary employee do not total more than 7 hours per day.

It is Haskayne's expectation that TAs do not work on any Statutory Holidays. For a list of Statutory Holidays, payroll system timesheet deadlines and lock-out periods, please refer to the Payroll Calendar.

Additional how-to guides and resources on timesheet submission are available on the Haskayne TAs D2L page under the Content tab.

FNCE/RMIN/REAL- please email fnce.tlc@ucalgary.ca

OSCM – please email oscm.tlc@ucalgary.ca

ACCTplease email acct.tlc@ucalgary.ca

BTMA – please email btma.tlc@ucalgary.ca

OBHRplease email obhr.tlc@ucalgary.ca

SGMA - please email sgma.tlc@ucalgary.ca

MKTG/PLMA/ENMG/TOUR - please email mktg.tlc@ucalgary.ca

ENTI – please email enti.tlc@ucalgary.ca

Training Opportunities and Resources

Training can be arranged for TAs who require proficiency with a particular learning technology as part of the TA role, for example with the use of classroom audio visual equipment, the Active Learning Classroom technologies in SH 117, as well as training in other classroom technologies and the D2L Learning Management System.

The Haskayne Office of Teaching and Learning also conducts periodic training for TAs to use the lab management software for activities and exams that take place in the lab.

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