Technology seminar workshop – Sept 21

Dear LFS TAs,

If you are new to Connect or Canvas, or find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out how to do things like access assignments and rubrics, upload grades, or submit feedback, we want to help! Next week we are offering a free technology workshop to answer all of your questions and help you work more efficiently. This workshop will be facilitated by Duncan McHugh from the LFS Learning Centre.

When? Thursday September 21, 2017 (between 14.00-17.00)
Where? Room FNH 300

Refreshments will be provided!

Please register at the following link:

See you on Thursday!

Fernanda and Colin

LFS TA Training Orientation

Dear Term 1 LFS TA’s!

Mark your calendars- the LFS TA Training Orientation is fast approaching!  If you will be TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in the 2017/2018 academic year.

Date: Thursday September 7th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Agora (MacMillan basement).

At the orientation, you will become familiar with:

  • Key resources to help you build your teaching skills
  • People and policies relevant to your role as a TA
  • The expectations of you as a TA and what you can expect

Please register before August 31 at

(New link for sign up!)

***We will provide a light breakfast, coffee, and lunch!***  

Fernanda Mujica and Colin Dring
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems |

TA Positions Available

If you are interested in the following Term 1 TA position, please contact the instructor directly.  The find out when this course is scheduled, please refer to the course calendar listing here: 

FNH 300 001 – 2017 Winter Session, Term 1 (144 available TA support hours)


Answer student questions related to completion of 5 problem-set assignments per student
Mark problem sets and provide feedback to students
Assist with marking of midterm and final exam (calculation-based questions)
Perform other related duties as required (eg. assignment & marking key updates, assist with evaluation of oral student group presentations)

Education and Knowledge Requirements: Undergraduate degree in food science and thorough understanding of undergraduate-level food process science, particularly with respect to mass and energy balances and thermal food processing techniques and calculations. Senior undergraduate students who have completed FHN 300 with excellent marks may also be considered when graduate students are not available.

Skills: TA’s are expected to have a proficiency in Math. Ability to correspond effectively with the Instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about marking responsibilities. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Computer experience required (Excel preferred). Ability to correspond with students regarding questions during exams and office hours.

John Frostad

CTLT Workshops for TAs

CTLT is providing a wide-array of free workshops and events for UBC Teaching Assistants in the upcoming months. Here is a list of upcoming workshops and events that may be of interest to your TAs.

Workshop Facilitation Workshop (for TA Coordinators & Senior TAs)

August 21, 2017
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22
This Facilitation Basics workshop is meant for TA Training Coordinators or senior TAs who will be delivering facilitated sessions focused on teaching enhancement for TAs. We will focus on developing key skills for designing and facilitating workshops. More info

TA-Instructor Working Relationship (for TAs)

August 31, 2017
10:00 am–12:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)
In this session, we will explore the various needs and expectations that structure the TA-Instructor relationship with the aim of helping you build a harmonious and rewarding professional relationship with the instructors you work with. More info

Mentoring (for Senior TAs)

September 19, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22
This workshop is mean for TAs who will be serving, formally or informally as mentors in their department. We will focus on developing specific mentoring skills following an interactive and peer-based model which will give mentors the opportunity to learn about and practice these skills. More info

Introduction to Canvas Basics (for TAs)

August 29, 2017 | Register
1:00 pm – 3:00pm

September 7, 2017 | Register
10:00am – 12:00pm

September 12, 2017 | Register
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

September 20, 2017 | Register
10:00am – 12:00 pm

All sessions will be held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This introductory session will explore general navigation of the Canvas interface, notifications and communications, discussion boards, using the SpeedGrader, uploading and editing course content, and assignments.

Uncollected initial payroll cheques (pre-2017)

It came to light that some UBC employees have not collected their initial payroll cheques prior to December 31, 2016.

We have contacted, by mail, all current employees who are affected and are replacing the uncollected payments, with interest, through our standard payroll runs on June 15 and June 23, 2017. You will receive a letter with details if you are affected. If you have not received a letter, you are not affected.

Inquiries can be directed to or 604 827 2731 to answer any questions. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible; however, response times may vary depending upon call volumes. We appreciate your patience.

If direct deposit is not in place for a new employee, our revised practice is to mail out all initial payroll cheques to the address on their HRMS file. We also contact new employees to secure their direct deposit as soon as possible after they commence employment.

If you started working at UBC after July 31, 2016, this will not affect you as we have mailed out any cheques dated thereafter.

Amounts unclaimed by former employees who left the university between April 14 and July 31, 2016 have been submitted to the Employment Standards Branch. These former employees are advised to contact the Employment Standards Branch:

Employees who left UBC prior to April 14, 2016 are advised to review the database on the BC Unclaimed Property Society website or email

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