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Teaching and Academic Assistant Positions

The primary purpose of a teaching/academic assistant is to support teaching. There are opportunities for the upcoming term for course assistants in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Pathology, and Public Health Sciences.

Please note the following significant changes to the application process: 

  1. Submit your information and application package as one PDF file online. Applications are no longer accepted by email.
  2. You must apply for each term you wish to be a TA/AA. Fall opportunities will be posted in the Spring/Summer term; Winter opportunities will be posted in the Fall term; Spring/Summer opportunities will be published in the Winter term.
  3. Review the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Trainingthe Health and Safety Awareness Training, and the Anti-Racism Training before I can apply to be a course assistant? 

You do not have to have these three trainings completed when you apply but you must successfully complete these trainings before classes start for that term. 

Do I need to apply separately for each course that I am interested in becoming a course assistant for?

Yes. You are required to complete the application for each individual course that you are applying for.

Can I still apply to be a course assistant after I have graduated or when I am no longer enrolled at Queen’s?  

Yes, you may apply.  If you have relevant experience and meet the qualifications, you would be considered an Academic Assistant. 

I am a graduate student enrolled at another university.  Do I need to have the notification form signed by my graduate supervisor/academic advisor? 

No, this permission form is only required for Queen’s graduate students. You will be considered an Academic Assistant if you have relevant experience and qualifications. 

Will you email me to let me know if my application has been received? 

Due to a large number of applications, we do not email candidates to confirm receipt of their application. Once you have completed the application, you will see on the application webpage that your application has been submitted. You can also download a copy of your responses for your records.  

Can I accept course assistant offers for multiple courses? 

Yes, you may accept several positions; however, there is a maximum number of hours you can work. The DBMS Undergraduate Program Team tracks this before sending offers to candidates. 

Carefully read the eligibility conditions, requirements, and application instructions below before submitting your application. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding TA positions, please email Emily O'Brien

Graduate Students 

Currently enrolled graduate students who are within terms of support are eligible to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants in introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in subject areas they have experience. All Graduate Teaching Assistant appointments are governed by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Queen's University Collective Agreement.  

Undergraduate Students 

Currently enrolled senior undergraduate students can serve as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in one of the Department's introductory undergraduate courses. The Queen's Senate Policy-Teaching Assistantships govern undergraduate Teaching Assistantships. 

Individuals with Relevant Experience 

Individuals with relevant experience can serve as Academic Assistants for positions in areas where they have experience. The United Steelworkers (USW) Collective Agreement governs all Academic Assistant appointments. 


Candidates must complete the following training: 

Availability and Computer Access 

  • Candidates must be prepared to work outside of the regular 9-5 workweek. 
  • Candidates must have access to high-speed internet and a computer that meets ITS minimum requirements, particularly for those who apply to online courses. 
  • For blended courses, candidates may be required to attend scheduled in-person sessions. 
  • For on-campus courses, candidates are required to attend in-person. 
  • You must be available for the entire term. If you plan to be absent during the term, such as taking holidays, attending conferences, off-campus research, etc., you should reconsider applying at this time. 


  • Experience with learning management systems, e.g., onQ, and videoconferencing software, e.g., Zoom, would be an asset. The actual number of hours of work and the number of positions available per course will be determined depending on the course and enrolment numbers. 
  • Some courses have specific requirements and experience needed. Refer to current course offerings for further detail. 

All applicants must upload one (1) PDF filewith this online application that includes: 

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. Your CV. 
  3. A one-paragraph statement regarding your relevant experience. 
  4. A copy of your unofficial transcript(s) if you are a current undergraduate or graduate student. 
  5. A signed notification form from your graduate supervisor if you are a graduate student. Applications without the supervisor's signature will not be considered.  Graduate Supervisor Notification Form

NOTE: You must complete a unique application for each course that you want to be considered for.

TA Application Form (DBMS, DPMM, DPHS)

Graduate Supervisor Notification Form

Winter 2024 Applications are now closed. The Summer 2024 application period will be March 1st-8th.

If you have any questions, please email Emily O'Brien (

Note: Applications that are incomplete or not submitted correctly will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications, only those considered for a position will be contacted.