Term 2, Geography TA Training & Prof Dev Series

Workshop: Writing Strategies
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Room 223
Facilitators: Simon Donner and Matthew Evenden
If you are planning to write a thesis, have term papers looming in the next few months, or have any other writing projects on your plate, then this workshop is for you! Faculty members Simon Donner and Matthew Evenden share their tips on making writing a regular habit in the midst of busy schedules. Get ready to discuss how to write strategically, well, and often.
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXVfkakIsW1dGhwRnJNbm9GRlJQMXZnTXZWZXBxSlE&usp=sharing


Workshop: Publishing Strategies
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Room 223
Facilitators: Jamie Peck and Brett Eaton
Publishing can be a puzzling, not to mention an intimidating, endeavor. Maybe you are curious about how the peer review process works, wondering about how to craft an effective abstract, or deciding which journal submit a paper to. No matter what stage you are at in your degree, this workshop led by faculty members Jamie Peck and Brett Eaton will help you prepare your writing for publication.
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXVfkakIsW1dFJnWkJnTXVrX0lpU3A3a0J5ZWJETFE&usp=sharing


Workshop: Aboriginal issues in the classroom
Thursday, January 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Room 223
Facilitators: Jessica Hallenbeck, Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe, Hanae Tsukada and Amy Perrault (Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology)
This workshop focuses on ways in which TAs, grad students and instructors can engender classroom environments and course content that increases students’ basic knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’ histories and contemporary experiences, as well as create classrooms of respect and mutual learning. Physical geographers, in particular, are invited to participate.
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXVfkakIsW1dG9Oc1c4RmlBeG1OUWNCaTdaZFl1ZUE&usp=sharing


Workshop: Designing and Teaching Courses
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Room 223
Facilitators: Jennifer Williams and Siobhán McPhee
Perhaps your first teaching appointment is around the corner, or perhaps you want to be more than ready when the opportunity arises. From reading selection, to lecture organization to day-to-day administration, course delivery involves a lot of moving parts, and strategic planning is essential. Faculty members Jennifer Williams and Siobhán McPhee share their experiences and strategies for designing and teaching courses so that your students receive a mind-blowing pedagogical experience, and you get to maintain your sanity (mostly)!
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXVfkakIsW1dFRPWmJPMVhqRzVxaXNNSUNLa2FjSmc&usp=sharing


Public Knowledge: Sharing your research through Op-Eds
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Room: 223
Facilitators: Basil Waugh, UBC Public Affairs
The role of the public intellectual might be changing (‘Twilight of Pundits’), with graduate students and professors now able to reach publics through new media and blogs. The traditional newspaper and the Op-Ed column, however, remain important spaces with graduate students and faculty can weigh in on public debates. In this session, Basil Waugh of UBC Public Affairs will show you how to quickly craft a publishable, convincing op-ed so that you can intervene in public discourse when an issue that touches your research is ‘trending’. This is one of the easiest, most impactful ways your research and its significance can influence the public. Samples of published op-eds from our own UBC Geography grad students will be presented.
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXVfkakIsW1dE1MaWNLQnJvSVNWZ056d1pwZFRrYnc&usp=sharing


Lunch is provided at all noon hour workshops