LFS 150 Teaching Assistant Positions – due April 30


Are you interested in improving learning experiences for first year students?  Do you want to actively contribute both in and out of class to a new and unique small class environment?  Would you like to develop skills and gain knowledge as a Teaching Assistant that will benefit you long after the course ends?

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is offering a new core course starting in September 2014 – LFS 150 (Scholarly Writing and Argumentation in Land and Food Systems).  For 2014W we will be offering 4 sections;  2 in each term of winter session.  To review the job description for the position of Teaching Assistant, please refer to the following links:

For additional information, you can contact the course coordinator, Alice Cassidy, at cassidy@science.ubc.ca

REMINDER:  The deadline for submitting an online application for a TA position within LFS is Wednesday, April 30th


2014 Summer Session TA positions


There are a limited (approximately 15) number of TA positions available for 2014 Summer Session within LFS.  In order to be considered, you must complete an online application.  Please note that the application deadline is midnight, Friday, March 21st.   A link to the job descriptions for the courses requiring TA support can be found on this website:  http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/graduate/ta

If you are selected for a position, you will be contacted by the course instructor to discuss details of the position.  You will then receive a follow-up email which will include a contract and additional information.

Please note: 2014 Winter Session TA positions will be posted by March 31st with the application deadline set at April 30th.

2014-2015 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position(s)


We are looking for 1-2 graduate students to fill the positions of coordinator for the 2014-2015 LFS TA Training Program under the supervision of an Advisory Committee.

This position pays $28.50/hour for approximately an 85 hour contract. There is some flexibility in when the hours are worked, but generally they are as follows:

Month Coordination Hours
July/August 35
September 15
Oct/Nov/Dec 15
January 10
Feb/March/April 10

We anticipate that funding for the position will be available until June 30, 2015, pending successful application to UBC’s 2014/15 TA Training Fund. Successful applicants are expected to participate in reviewing the funding application in February and March 2014, prior to the start of the actual appointment.

Background: LFS TA Training Program

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has on average an annual total of 167 Teaching Assistantships, filled by approximately 100 Teaching Assistants. All TA positions involve very different duties and skills. TAs in the Faculty are responsible for: marking and assessing student work, leading science labs, facilitating community and problem-based learning, giving lectures, monitoring in-class and online discussions, providing instruction on field trips, and more.

We are excited to offer LFS TAs with a faculty-wide development program which has included in the last two years:

  • Development of a Teaching Assistant Handbook
  • Problem-based Learning Workshop
  • Instructional Skills Workshop
  • TA Orientation Day
  • Marking & Assessment Workshop
  • Term 2 TA Orientation Day
  • Diversity & Conflict Management Workshop
  • Monthly TA Community of Practice Coffee Hours
  • Access to Faculty-based Support for TAs

The overall program objectives are 1) to have TAs feel better prepared and supported in their TA roles, 2) to allow TAs to gain valuable professional skills (applicable beyond this year’s TA-ships), 3) to receive feedback from instructors and TAs on the skills they would like TAs to gain and 4) to establish a culture of Teaching Assistantships, where TAs and faculty are actively involved in a community of teaching and learning in LFS.

Coordinator Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation of TA Training Grant application for UBC
  • Develop 2014-2015 TA Training Program (based on previous years records)
  • Develop 2014-2015 TA Training Program budget (based on previous years records)
  • Update 2014-2015 TA Handbook
  • Coordinate and facilitate Term 1 and Term 2 Orientations
  • Coordinate and facilitate monthly Community of Practice meetings
  • Coordinate specialty workshops (e.g., PBL, Marking and Assessment, Conflict Management, Instructional Skills Workshop)
  • Keep accurate accounting records of spending
  • Monitor and record success of each TA Training Program activity with recommendations for improvement
  • Develop Term 1 and Term 2 progress reports
  • Put together project report for Granting agency
  • Maintain records in an open source (Google Drive) folders
  • Promote high standard of teaching and learning in the faculty to students, TAs, instructors, faculty, staff and administration
  • Develop succession plan for future years (particularly relevant for masters students)
  • Facilitate meetings with Faculty Advisory Committee (approximately 3 times/year)


  • Graduate student (Masters or PhD) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for 2014-2015 academic year
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly effective organizer and developed coordination skills
  • Trained facilitator
  • Proficient public speaker
  • Strong interest in how we learn and teach
  • Knowledge of campus-wide resources available to TAs for their teaching practice
  • TA experience (preferably in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems)
  • Self-driven and ability to work on your own


Please submit all resumes and cover letters to Gwen Chapman, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems by February 7, 2014. Applications should be sent by email to gwen.chapman@ubc.ca.  Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Position start date is February 24, 2014.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the 2013-2014 TA Training Program Coordinators, Bryanna Thiel (bryannathiel@gmail.com) or Dru Yates (dru.e.yates@gmail.com)

Term 2 TA Orientation


The LFS TA Training Program is kicking off the new term with a TA Orientation session for new and returning TAs who did not attend the Orientation in September 2013.

When: 4-6pm on January 16th, 2014
Where: MCML 350

This is a great opportunity for TAs to become familiar with resources, contact people, and policies that they can use to build their teaching/marking skills. If you will be working with any TAs who are new to TA’ing in LFS this term, you can help them prepare for their TA-ship by encouraging them to attend this event.

TAs must register here before January 15th at midnight to secure their spot in the orientation. Questions, feedback? Please e-mail bryannathiel@gmail.com.

Seeking FNH 325/326 Teaching Assistant


We are looking for a responsible individual that will be able to perform the teaching assistant duty in the FNH 325/FNH 326, basic Food Science Laboratory I/II class. The position is for 58.5 hours and involves assisting the student in group settings on the experimental modules during the course hours.

The course essentially is the lab components of core food science courses such as food chemistry, food engineering/processing and food analysis, with some food microbiology.

The TA is needed for term 1 (Sept to December) and term 2 (Jan – April). Class is every Thursday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and there may be small amount of pre-lab prep/post-lab cleaning involved. There is NO marking responsibility associated with this position.

For further inquiry, please contact Dr. Ingrid Elisia at ingrid.elisia@ubc.ca