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Research Assistant

Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at University of Toronto part-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Interesting work, flexible work hours, results are much appreciated

Cons

hourly rate for an RA is rather low

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  1. Not all that it presents itself to be.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's Canada, so a good work ethic is not totally necessary. If you are someone's friend, then you will have nothing to worry about as far as promoting and getting hired. Truthfully, you do have the best pool of students within N. America. You are working among an educated group of individuals.

    Cons

    They will try anything in their power to make your job temporary. Unqualified people are put into roles of power and authority. There are too many administrators (they were someone's buddy). It is difficult to get a pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on merit. It is a university after all.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Working as a Sessional lecturer at UofT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at University of Toronto part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is an okay job for when you first finish your phd and have a post-doc. You make approximately $7500 per course taught. I think it's above average compared to colleges. It's also unionized so there's an avenue to resolve grievances. You also get some small benefits through the union for health expenses (about $500).

    Cons

    It's not really a job you want for a long time. It's easy to get stuck in it. Not a living wage. You can't apply for research grants from tricouncil. I'm only able survive because I also have a CIHR post-doc. In hindsight, it may have been better to not teach and focus on my post-doc and get those publications out so I can get a real tenure-track job. My students are pretty self-entitled. One student consistently does not show up to class, and when he did badly on an assignment, he went to complain to the chair that my assignment was too difficult. The chair then asked me to conduct 2 student evaluations to make sure the students were okay with the course. Most students like the course, but it was a very stressful experience for me.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development opportunities would be great for sessionals. This might be too much burden for profs, but if there was more opportunities to collaborate with them that would be great. Would be great if sessionals can get promoted into teaching stream permanent jobs.


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