MELD Instructional Assistant (Day)- SEASONAL

McMaster University - Hamilton, ON (il y a 30+ jours)

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Weekly Schedule:
Mon-Friday (8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST)

Active work period: September to May

Unit Description

With three growing programs (MELD, MODEL and MERGE), the McMaster English Language Development (MELD) Office provides comprehensive and dynamic programming for undergraduate and graduate students whose first language is not English. We are seeking candidates for the MELD program, a flourishing pre-university transition program centred on the development of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, and on building an inclusive community among diverse students. The successful candidate has a passion for inquiry-based learning, working creatively and collaboratively as part of a growing and dynamic team, and for a student-centred approach to learning. You are a top performer in your current role with a proven track record of inclusive excellence and of working in-person and remotely as part of a team. In order to better align with the undergraduate destination and career path of many of our students, we are particularly seeking candidates with a 4-year undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: Business, Economics, Engineering or Science.

General Description

Provides pedagogical and technical support to course coordinators, the program leadership team and students. Responsible for the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of curriculum, assessment and instructional activities within an academic unit, department, or faculty.

Job Description

Representative Duties & Responsibilities

Collaborate with Course Coordinators regarding curriculum that is to be covered in tutorial and/or lab sessions.
Write, design and implement instructional activities for labs and/or tutorials in accordance with the curriculum priorities of the Program and Course Coordinators.
Organize, coordinate and lead language practice tutorials and/or inquiry-based labs according to Program and curricular objectives. Reinforce and clarify concepts covered in core lectures.
Review current educational research literature and educational technologies to ensure best practices in teaching, education and learning.
Collaborate with colleagues to find creative solutions for student engagement and to develop appropriate materials for the Program in the areas of: problem-based learning, reflective practice and online student engagement.
Liaise with Course Coordinators, other tutorial and lab leaders, and students to ensure information within the academic unit is understood by all parties, and to ensure adherence to course, Program and University policies.
Attend all team meetings, and regularly communicate and collaborate with the instructional team to achieve Program consistency and unity.
Exchange technical and pedagogical information amongst colleagues.
Develop materials for and train others on lab and tutorial techniques, appropriate digital technologies and on running effective lab and/or tutorial sessions.
Develop appropriate pedagogical materials as specified by Course and Program Coordinators.
Compose test and quiz questions and assignment outlines, and prepare rubrics and solution sheets for review by others.
Prepare a variety of interactive course and program materials, including videos, audio recordings and presentations, using appropriate educational software and editing technologies.
Prepare, implement and review in person and/or online (virtual) assessments.
Assist the instructional team with the preparation and set up of digital tools for labs and tutorial sessions, tests and quizzes.
Organize and monitor the on-line learning environment for labs and tutorials in the Program by ensuring that the appropriate course content information is made available to students, and by ensuring that students are adhering to appropriate internet safety and security protocols.
Operate and keep current with a variety of teaching platforms and digital tools.
Troubleshoot, make adjustments, and support colleagues and students through technical difficulties. Ensure major issues are escalated to the Course Coordinator.
Foster a sense of community among students.
Mentor Program students and assist students with lab and/or tutorial work in a variety of modalities.
Resolve student inquiries related to labs and/or tutorials.
Ensure accurate marking and grading of assessments and report discrepancies to relevant Course Coordinator. Keep accurate records in program LMS and on secure drives.
Input, maintain, and verify student information in a variety of secure databases and spreadsheets.
Correspond and meet with students to address concerns related to the course including, but not limited to, the resolution of contested grades.
Arrange and offer adequate office hours to meet the needs of Program students.
Section students for small group virtual and in-person delivery, and schedule appropriate assessments, dealing with all scheduling changes, room reservations, and scheduling conflicts.
Assess students’ work and provide students with meaningful feedback on assessments.
Respond to student emails in a timely manner.
Collect, track, and safeguard student marks and tests.
Calculate student marks and submit grades to appropriate areas.
Assess the need for materials, equipment or digital tools and provide recommendations for their acquisition.
Prepare a variety of documents such as procedure manuals, correspondence, and reports.


No formal supervision of others is required.


  • Bachelor's degree in any field of study.
  • Experience teaching ESL in a post-secondary environment and relevant certification.
  • 3 years of relevant experience.

A Master's degree (any discipline) is considered an asset but is not required.

Additional Information

The selected candidates will have/demonstrate the following requirements:

4-year undergraduate degree required.
The Program is currently seeking candidates with undergraduate degrees in Science, Engineering, Business or Economics.
The ability to work collaboratively and to problem-solve are essential to this position.
Experience with inquiry-based approaches to learning.
Demonstrated ability to work and lead tutorials/labs both in person and remotely in an online environment.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, both in person and in an online learning environment.
Superior communication (written and oral), interpersonal and organizational skills.
Experience working remotely as part of a team.
A demonstrated commitment to high standards of professionalism.

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

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