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GAs and TAs

Graduate and teaching assistants (GAs and TAs) are employed by academic department to assist with teaching-related duties. 

Graduate and Teaching Assistants are unionized and governed by a Collective Agreement (CUPE 4580).

Full-time doctoral and Master's students in eligible programs may be offered a Graduate Assistantship (GA) for up to 140 hours per term. Under the current GA/TA collective agreement, a Master’s students who is offered a GA position will receive GA support for a total of three terms, and a doctoral student - for seven terms. One additional GA term may be provided depending on availability. The value of a full 140-hour Master's GA is $5,356.40 per term and a doctoral GA - $5,969.60 per term (rates as of Sept. 2018).

M II – $38.26 per hour
PhD – $42.64 per hour

All rates include 4% vacation pay.

  • Note that GAs are paid employment positions - for details review the information about employment of graduate students.
  • Notices of available GA positions are posted on the departmental website before the beginning of the term. For available positions contact the graduate department or program where you are interested in applying for a GA position

Some departments may offer teaching assistantships (TAs) for undergraduate students. Notices of available TA positions are posted on the departmental website before the beginning of the term. For available positions contact the department or program where you are interested in applying for a TA position

TA rates (effective Sept. 2018):

  • TA I (Years 1 and 2) – $19.80 per hour
  • TA II (Years 3 and 4) – $21.33 per hour
  • TA III – $28.01 per hour
  • M I – $28.01 per hour

All rates include 4% vacation pay. 

Resources for new GAs and TAs

GATA Winter Academy will be held on January 5th and 6th, 2021 - for more information and to register visit: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/132/#wkshp-3100

A variety of resources targeted to GAs and TAs in all departments are available, including GATA Network workshops and drop-in hours as well as Blackboard support and guidelines from CTL for new GAs/TAs. Resources are summarized on the Fall term resources for students webpage.

The workshop is held each Fall for new graduate and teaching assistants in all faculties and departments.

The 2020 annual orientation workshop for new Graduate and Teaching Assistants (GAs and TAs) from all faculties and departments was held as a virtual live event on September 9, 2020. For a recording of the session and a copy of the presentations visit the event webpage.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is holding the GATAcademy every Fall. For more information on this and other events coordinated by the GATA Network, please visit: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ctl/388/gata.

A variety of resources targeted to GAs and TAs in all departments are available for Fall term 2020, including GATA Network workshops and drop-in hours as well as Blackboard support and guidelines from CTL for new GAs/TAs. Resources are summarized on the Fall term resources for students webpage.

Graduate and Teaching Assistantships are paid as a salary and considered employment. Review the information about employment of graduate students.

Obtaining an Employee Number 

New GAs and TAs who have not been previously employed by the University must obtain an employee number from Human Resources - instructions are posted on the Human Resources student employment webpage.

Mandatory Training

All new employees at the University fo Windsor, including new GAs and TAs, must complete mandatory training fo rnew employees. Contact the department where you are holding a GA/TA contract for guidance.

Review information about mandatory employee training for GAs and TAs.

Access the Mandatory Training site at www.uwindsor.ca/requiredtraining.

If graduate students receiving GAs wish to enroll in the payroll deferment plan through the Cashier's Office, a payroll deferment form must be submitted to the cashier's office each term within the cashier's posted deadline - for details refer to the instructions on the cashier's payment options webpage under "Graduate Students Payroll Deferment Plan".