Small University that lacks graduate organizations
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 16 November 2016
Trent is a fairly disorganized place to work if you are a graduate student.
There is very little administrative help, and when there is, it is often hard to deal with. During my time at this University, every teaching position I got was very last minute and it was hard to get straight answers out of department assistants for available positions if you were a student over -time.
Teaching placements offered me challenges and unique opportunities I could not find elsewhere.
Teacher Candidate (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 16 May 2016
For my most recent placement, I was responsible for teaching a full day of classes. I taught Grade 9 Core French Applied, Grade 9 French Immersion Geography, and Grade 12 French Immersion. Everyday I would have to present and facilitate a lesson adhering to the Ontario curriculum expectations as well as engaging for students of all learning abilities. I loved working with the students and teaching them new things that interest them in new and fund ways.
Project Assistant (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON. – 11 May 2016
Everyone that I have worked with has a great attitude and a very good sense of humour. The work felt a bit repetitive on some days, but my coworkers would always find a way to make the day enjoyable. I always left work at the end of the day with a smile because of them. It was truly a good place to work and I would encourage others to really consider working at this small but lovely institution.
Potluck Days, Holiday Festivities, Healthy Work Environment
Good way to get some income and start the day early
Meeting Room Monitor (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 24 February 2016
This job is quite simple and a good way to generate some income while studying without any interference with classes. Typical day at work will be waking up at 6 am unlock the professors meeting room, organize tables, chairs. Prepare the coffee machine set all cups. Gather newspapers. Make a list of supply that might be running low and report back to supervisor later on the day.
UT MENTOR (Current Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 17 September 2015
• Mentoring and supporting newcomers in many fields such as accommodation, life information and cultural aspects of Canada • Successfully organized meetings, presentations, social activities and keeping a blog up date
Jeux Du Commerce Central Captain (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 13 September 2015
Fun work place with supportive management. Decent amount of politics. Allows you to develop knowledge to a profound level. Most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my colleagues. There was a lot of variety in what we do day to day, we were faced with projects that were challenging and fun.
NSERC USRA Researcher (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 25 February 2014
Working as a researcher, I was in complete charge of my day, including start and end times. I gained experience building my independence and planning and designing my experiments. I enjoyed working the many people in the lab and have built lifelong friendships.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 28 October 2013
It was a great opportunity and I learnt various aspects of conducting scientific research that I was not previously aware. It allowed me to become comfortable in the laboratory. I would recommend the position to any student that wants to pursue a Masters degree.
Research and Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 24 October 2013
I really enjoyed working in a laboratory environment in the role of researcher, I learned a lot about the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. The people I worked with were great and always willing to help with any problems. The hardest part of the job was working outside in the field in hot temperatures and the most enjoyable part of the job was getting answers to research questions.
Assistant Professor - limited term contract (Former Employee) – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada – 29 September 2012
I had the chance to work in a small but well organized Mathematics Department dedicated to the continuous development of the learning environment which by the programmes adopted, endeavoured the expansion of the employment opportunities for its graduates. Every morning witnessed the presence on my desk of the memo note with the important upcoming departmental and university events. Mail and email check followed by a last review of the lesson plan were activities just before the first lecture or seminar-workshop class. Lunchtime in the cafeteria was always an occasion to informally reconnect with fellow teachers and students often sharing insights into our daily work. The time in between classes was filled with office hours for student help and guidance. The end of classes was followed by office work as replying to emails, providing student support through the Blackboard integrated learning environment and insuring that the next day planning was up to date. Teaching at Trent considerably improved my organisational and time management skills and enhanced my ability to teach mathematics to students from divers socio-economic backgrounds with different levels of prior education and learning styles. I would say that the management was understaffed, the only secretary the Department had was serving in the Dept. of Economics as well, but her hard work and proactive attitude never occasioned any administrative slippage. The members of the Department proved to be outspoken and highly supportive with one another. I can't think of any hard part of my activity at Trent University, everymore... duty being accomplished with joy and dedication.less
quality teaching for everyone, good teacher-student ratio, nonelitist but efficient undergraduate programmes, superb settings
workspace limitation, a little fuzzy on personnel selection and promotion criteria.