Hiring Policy

STATEMENT OF HIRING POLICY
APPOINTMENT OF TEACHING ASSISTANTS
COVERED BY THE CUPE LOCAL 3902 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT UNIT 1

APPOINTMENTS                                                                                 

A.    Posting of Vacancies

1. Where are the notices located?

2. When are the notices posted?

  • Notices are posted by June for the Fall and Winter sessions and by February for the Summer sessions

3. Are other means of notifying potential applicants used?

  • All Psychology graduate students supervised by University of Toronto Mississauga Psychology professors are notified by e-mail.

4. Are vacancies posted in other departments? If so, which department?

  • No, vacancies are posted only in the Department of Psychology.

B.   Application Procedures

1.  Where are the application forms located?

2.  What is the procedure to be followed by the applicant in order to be considered?

  • Applicants should submit an application on or before the set deadline

NOTE: Application MUST be submitted by the deadline or may not be considered.  Applicants with special needs may request to submit application in person, by mail or by facsimile.

C.  Selection

1.  By whom is the decision to employ teaching assistants made?

  • By the Psychology Undergraduate Director and Associate Chair in consultation with departmental faculty.

2. Article 16:03 of the Collective Agreement outlines the hiring criteria used     when filling positions. How does your department put these criteria into practice?

The following criteria are used when filling TA positions:

  1. Ability, academic qualifications and suitability for the position, the University’s need to attract excellent students to pursue graduate studies in Psychology and financial need as appropriate.
  2. Adequate background in the appropriate area of psychology. Previous experience may be required for particular courses.
  3. Preference is given to Psychology graduate students who are supervised by U of T Mississauga Psychology faculty.
  4. We endeavour to provide all full-time University of Toronto Mississauga Psychology graduate students with some form of teaching assistantship.  Appointments are made to specific positions conditional upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program.
  5. We reserve the right to post positions to Unit 3 if the Unit 1 search did not yield a satisfactory Unit 1 candidate.

3. When are applicants advised of the outcome of their applications?

  • For the Fall and Winter sessions, applicants are notified no later than the 3rd week of August.
  • For the summer session, applicants are notified 3 weeks before the start date of the session.

D. Graduate Student Funding Policy

1.  In your department, how do TA appointments fit within the University's Graduate Student Funding Policy?

  • We include 100 to 300 TA hours as part of the funding package, depending on whether or not the student holds an external award.  The funding is made up TA salary, supervisor stipend and UTF (see below).
  • Without an External Award: The $16,500 is provided by a combination of a U of T Fellowship ($1,000), a Teaching Assistantship ($8,500), and a stipend from the student’s research supervisor ($7,000). 
  • With an External Award: For students who receive an OGS, the student's supervisor stipend is ($3,000).  For students who receive more generous external funding (e.g. Connaught, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR etc.) the supervisor stipend is ($2,000).  We also try to provide students who have externals awards with a Teaching Assistantship.  These TA ships can range from approximately $1,500 to $4,500.

2. In your department, how many hours of bargaining unit work count towards the funding guarantee in each year of study?  Does the number of hours vary with the year in program?

  • The number of TA hours counted towards the funding guarantee varies from 100 – 300 hours depending on the student’s year in the program and whether or not the student has an external award. The average TA appointment is 250 hours.

II. REAPPOINTMENTS

1. Does the department provide appointments beyond the number guaranteed in the Collective Agreement?

  • Yes, as long as employees maintain their registration as University of Toronto Mississauga Psychology graduate students, subject to availability of TA hours. 

2. Subsequent appointments are guaranteed to certain employees under the Collective Agreement (see article 16:05); how are subsequent appointments assigned?

  • Students eligible for subsequent appointments are notified by mail and are required to indicate their intention to accept or decline their subsequent appointment.
  • Students with subsequent appointments are assigned appointments prior to job posting of available positions

3. Are there any other conditions governing re-appointments?

  • Yes – Students who receive unsatisfactory performance reviews in 2 or more subsequent terms may not be offered a further Teaching Assistantship.

 

he Department reserves the right to permit exceptions to the foregoing policy where circumstances warrant, provided exceptions do not violate the Collective Agreement.