Teaching Assistant

Job Posting – Teaching Assistant (CUPE Unit 1)

CJS200H1F Introduction to Jewish Thought

It is hard to be a Jew, but the difficulties make for interesting questions.  Does God exist?  How is God revealed to Moses at Sinai and to the prophets?  Are there such things as miracles?  Are we free to follow what God commands?  What is the nature of faith?   If God is good, then why do bad things happen to innocent people?  Is faith possible after the Holocaust?  What is the role of Israel in modern Jewish life?  Who belongs to the Jewish community?  How do Jews address inequality and discrimination?  How do Jews understand a good and meaningful life?  Professors Goldberg and Rosenthal invite students to join them in debating the answers to these questions and others. 

Delivery Model: Dual Delivery, HyFlex model

Lectures will be delivered in-person (if permitted by UofT and Public Health guidelines) and live-streamed and recorded on Bb Collaborate. This means students can attend lectures in-person on campus OR watch the live-stream online at the allotted time of the lecture OR watch the recording of the lecture at a later time on Bb collaborate. Tutorials are delivered synchronously at the time allotted in the meeting schedule and students must attend either in-person or remotely at the allotted time.


Applicants should have at least an MA in Philosophy or Religion, preferably with a concentration in Jewish Studies. First consideration will be given to full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto.


Assisting instructors with Dual Delivery model (e.g. recording and uploading lectures, updating course website with recordings, etc.), responding to student inquiries, grading assignments (likely to be submitted online).

The position also involves attending lectures in-person and assisting in set-up of cameras and recording equipment if required (if permitted by UofT and Public Health guidelines).

Position: 1

Estimated Course Enrolment: 50

Hours of Work: 110

Class Schedule:Wednesdays 2-4

Dates of Appointment: September 8December 9, 2020

Salary: 46.24 / hour plus 4% vacation pay (SGSI, II, PDF)

Posting Date: Monday, June 15, 2020

Closing Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

Final availability of the position is contingent upon enrolment, budgetary consideration and the determination of appointments as governed by the collective agreement.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., and names of two references by Monday, July6, 2020.

Applications should be sent to cjs.events@utoronto.ca

The job is posted in accordance with CUPE 3902, Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The Department’s hiring policy is available in the Programs Office and at the CUPE, Local 3902 office: http://www.cupe3902.org/

The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments. In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and person with disabilities.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Note: Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (or CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St. George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.