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Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships (TA) are available to Commerce, MBA, Master of Finance, and PhD students at the Rotman School. TA positions are appointed by the Vice-Dean, Academic on the recommendation of the course instructor. These positions are considered employment and not part of a financial assistance program. TAs will receive T4 tax forms in February.

The University of Toronto has entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 3902 – Unit 1.


TA Opportunities are emailed out by the Human Resources (HR) department prior to the start of each term. Vacancies are emailed by 1 February for Summer courses, and 1 July for Fall, Winter Intensive Term, and Spring courses. TA Opportunities are also posted on the Employment at Rotman website. Applications are only accepted on the TA Application System.


The course instructor reviews the applications and recommends the most qualified applicant(s) to the Vice-Dean, Academic. Only the Vice-Dean, Academic or Human Resources has the authority to make an offer of employment.


Applicants for TA positions will be reviewed for their academic qualifications; suitability for the position; previous satisfactory employment under provisions of the Collective Agreement; adequate background and training in the field (as determined by successful completion of relevant courses); and, for some courses, the possession of a professional designation.

Preference is given to students enrolled in any of our graduate programs. First-year MBA students cannot be hired as TAs for graduate courses; however, they can be hired as TAs for undergraduate Commerce courses. Under the terms of Article 16:06 of the Collective Agreement, priority will also be given for TAs entitled to subsequent appointments.

If tutorial work is required, pedagogical abilities may take preference over academic record.


As soon as the appointment is approved, the successful applicant is offered the position. Upon acceptance of this offer, all other candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications.  This will normally be about one month before the beginning of the course. Hourly rates are governed by the CUPE 3902, Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Last Updated: 2020-12-17 @ 3:53 pm