2017 Summer Session TA Positions

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems has a limited number of TA positions for 2017 Summer Session. If you are interested in TA’ing, please complete an online application.

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The application will be open on Thursday, February 16, 2017 and will close on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Please note:

You must be registered in 2017 Summer Session in order to be hired as a TA.

If you are offered a position, you are expected to be available throughout the term of your contract.  If you have plans to be away at any point during your appointment, please discuss this with the instructor prior to accepting the TA position.

Call for Nominations – LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

In 2014, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems created the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in order to be able to annually recognize the valuable role that teaching assistants play.  This is a biennial award offered in alternate years of the UBC Killam GTA Awards.  The winner will be presented with an award in the amount of $1,000 and a certificate.

The deadline to submit an electronic application package to Melanie Train is Friday, March 3, 2017.  Applicants must have been appointed as an LFS TA during 2016 Summer Session, 2016 Winter Session – Term 1, or 2016 Winter Session – Term 2.

Please refer to the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2016-17 V2 for additional information and details.

Sessions for UBC Graduate Students and TAs

TA Institute

The TA Institute is open to any graduate student who is interested in teaching or TAing. The Institute includes sessions on teaching and learning theory, scholarship, classroom strategies, campus climate, and lesson design.

Design Thinking in Teaching
January 10, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

How do you design a successful lesson? This workshop will discuss common challenges in lesson planning and develop a toolkit of best practices and strategies. More info

Grad Student Mental Health
January 10, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a TA and feel like students can see right through you? In this workshop, we will address raising self-awareness on “impostor syndrome” and identify strategies for self-care and navigating teaching and life as a grad student. More info

Developing a SoTL Project
January 10, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This workshop will help you design a research project to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning in your course. Learn the fundamentals of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and create a blueprint for your very first SoTL project. More info

Metacognition, Lifelong Learning, and Disciplinary Practice
January 11, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

How can you help students become lifelong learners? This session will examine the idea of metacognition as a distinct and valuable practice in teaching and learning. More info

Transliteracies
January 11, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This workshop explores how TAs can develop safer, more trans-inclusive pedagogical practices in their various role(s) in the classroom and on campus. More info

Giving Guest Lectures and Presentations
January 11, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Learn more about guest lectures and presentations, and design a toolkit to prepare for successful lectures or presentations. More info

Experiential Learning: Concept and its Application in Lesson Planning
January 12, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Explore the experiential learning cycle, its value in teaching contexts, and ways to integrate the model into your lesson planning and teaching.More info

Incorporating Results from SoTL
January 12, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This professional development workshop is open to grad students interested in learning more about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. More info

Unsettling Group Guidelines
January 12, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Classroom guidelines are often used by educators with the intent to establish a “safe” learning environment. But others have argued that classroom guidelines sometimes fail to recognize and respond to issues of power and social position. More info

Instructional Skills Workshops
February 18, 19, 25 (Registration opens January 9)
March 11, 12, 18 (Registration opens January 16)

The Grad ISW caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. More info

Kind regards,
Mischa

Mischa Makortoff
Senior Events Program Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
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Phone 604 822 0064
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Term 2 LFS TA Training Orientation

Dear LFS TAs!
   
Mark your calendars- the term 2 LFS TA Training Orientation is fast approaching!  If you will be TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in term 2 of the 2016/2017 academic year and were not able to attend the September orientation, the Faculty STRONGLY encourages your attendance. 
Date: Thursday January 5th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in FNH 300.
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 from your peers and instructors
  • Your rights and responsibilities, as member of the TA union
            
Please register before January 3 at https://goo.gl/forms/RTjmVlh0HMqhIF6y2 
***We will provide breakfast, coffee, and snacks!***  
See you in January!
 
Carrie and Fernanda
LFS TA Training Program Coordinators

Changes to Teaching Assistant Classifications

The following information is from an HR Memo dated November 15, 2016 entitled Teaching Assistant Classifications

“As background, the definitions contained within the classifications provision of the Collective Agreement had not changed since the 1981-1982 Collective Agreement. Given the significant passage of time, the definitions were no longer entirely representative of the nature of the work performed by Teaching Assistants.

In certain cases, specifically with respect to Markers and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, classifications are now differentiated on the basis of whether the position includes “substantial student contact”. The revised language of the Collective Agreement will define that phrase as follows:

“Substantial student contact” within the Classifications are those duties which involve direct interaction with students on more than an incidental basis. These duties typically include providing classroom teaching, conducting tutorial sessions, providing feedback on assignments and exams, holding office hours, or demonstrating procedures to students.

“Substantial student contact” does not include duties such as setting up labs, demonstrations, or classrooms; administrative duties; or class or material preparation notwithstanding that incidental or transactional contact with students may occur.

Below are the new classifications with an explanation of the material change:

Marker

A Marker is an employee appointed to a position which involves only marking without substantial student contact.

The old Marker classification was limited to marking duties that were objective only, such as true/false or multiple choice type examinations. The new classification is intended to capture any TA appointment that is marking only, and as long as instructional feedback is not being provided to the student as part of the marking assignment. This change applies to any new Marker appointment after January 1, 2017.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 2 (UTA 2)

A UTA 2 is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of British Columbia who performs Teaching Assistant duties without substantial student contact.

This is an updated version of the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (“UTA”) role as it was historically defined. When the original classification language was written, UTAs were not required to perform substantive teaching duties. This classification applies to UTAs who perform work consistent with that definition.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 1 (UTA 1)

A UTA 1 is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of British Columbia who is required to perform Teaching Assistant duties with substantial student contact.

This a new classification intended to capture those UTAs who are assigned teaching duties as part of their position. Where a department requires a UTA to perform teaching duties as part of the assignment, they are to be classified as a UTA 1. This change applies to any new UTA appointment after January 1, 2017.

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2 (GTA 2)

A GTA 2 is a graduate student who holds a bachelor’s degree or is a graduate student who is registered in a master’s degree program at the University of British Columbia or who is a student who holds a bachelor’s degree in the posted or related discipline.

There is a minor change to the classification to include an ability for the University to recognize an undergraduate degree in a related discipline in classifying a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). This change applies to any new GTA appointment after January 1, 2017.

Graduate Teaching Assistant 1 (GTA 1)

A GTA 1 is a graduate student who is registered in a doctoral degree program at the University of British Columbia or who is a student who holds a masters or doctoral degree in the posted or related discipline.

As with the GTA 2, there is a minor change to the classification to include an ability for the University to recognize an undergraduate degree in a related discipline in classifying a GTA. This change applies to any new UTA appointment after January 1, 2017.

Senior Teaching Assistant (STA)

A Senior TA is a graduate student who is registered in a masters’ or doctoral program at the University of British Columbia and is required by the University to perform lead hand duties as a Teaching Assistant. These duties typically include coordinating other Teaching Assistants and providing guidance, technical knowledge, and subject matter expertise to other Teaching Assistants.

This is a new classification that provides the University with an ability to recognize a Teaching Assistant who is tasked with leadership responsibility within a cohort of TAs assigned to a course. This typically may occur in large section courses with an annual turnover of Teaching Assistants in which a TA who has previously taught this course is expected to provide guidance to new TAs or otherwise coordinate their activities. It is not a supervisory position; rather, it is an opportunity for the University to formally recognize the reality of a role performed by certain TAs. This classification may be retroactively applied to September 1, 2016, for any TA who a department feels is performing this role for which other recognition has not been provided. It is intended to formalize the recognition of this role for future appointments.”

Please note:  regardless of their classification, Teaching Assistants may only teach courses under the supervision of a faculty member.  TA’s do not have full responsibility of a course (or a section of a course);  the work undertaken remains the responsibility of the course instructor.

LFS TA Community of Practice meeting – Wed Oct 12

Hi everyone,

I am writing to invite you to an LFS TA Community of Practice(CoP) meeting on Wednesday October 12, from 11-12:00, in MCML 350.

As well as being responsible for TA appointments and contracts, Shelley is the Graduate Programs Manager for all of LFS. We are very excited to have Shelley Small hosting this session – she will be able to answer all of your TA related questions.

Please register by Sunday October 9 at 11:59pm so we can order enough food for everyone:

https://goo.gl/forms/CFfNhAUR4gp3218K2

See you next week,
Carrie & Fernanda

TA Position Available – FNH 474 002 Term 2

The following TA position is available for 2016 Winter Session Term 2:

FNH 474 002 – 85 TA Support Hours

Job Description:

WORK PERFORMED

  • Use moderately detailed marking guides to mark class assignments, midterm and final examinations (~ 2 hr/student). Submit the verified marks to the instructor using an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Be available for occasional office hours before the midterm and final exams (~6 hours)
  • Meet with students after midterm exam to review exams, and refer unresolved queries about grading to the instructor (~2 hours).
  • Assist with invigilation of a midterm and a final exam (5 hours).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Education and knowledge requirements:  Preference will be given to graduate students in Human Nutrition who have obtained an undergraduate degree in nutrition or dietetics and have a thorough understanding of energy metabolism and nutrient requirements.  A background in exercise physiology would be an asset.

Skills:  Ability to correspond effectively with the instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about grading responsibilities.  Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail (marking exams, entering data into spreadsheets).  Ability to meet deadlines.

If you are interested in this position, please contact the course instructor directly.

Emma McCrudden
emma.mccrudden@ubc.ca
604-822-9243

REPOST – TA Position Available FNH 455 001 – FILLED

FNH 455 001 – 70 hours

Job Description:

WORK PERFORMED

  • Be present for all in-class presentations and yearend poster party Mark short assignments, presentations, and final term papers according to a rubric provided
  • Co-mark final exams with instructor
  • Enter grades from all course work into a spreadsheet
  • Provide feedback to students on coursework

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

Education – knowledge requirements: Preference will be given to graduate students in Human Nutrition who have a thorough understanding of nutrition in general, and international nutrition in particular. Must have completed FNH 455.

Experience: Preference will be given to students who have the ability to correspond effectively with the instructor, to ask questions when uncertain about their responsibilities, and to reliably check their work for accuracy when marking exams.

Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

If you are interested, please contact Chris Scaman – christine.scaman@ubc.ca

$25 UBC Food Services gift card draw TOMORROW!!!!!

Dear LFS TAs,

We hope you’re having a smooth transition into the 2016/2017 academic year! Don’t forget to stop by the LFS TA Training orientation this coming Thursday from 9-1pm in Agora, on the bottom level of MCML. By attending, you will be entered into a draw for 1 of 4 $25 UBC Food Services gift cards (more details to come).

See you soon,

Carrie and Fernanda
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems
ta.training@ubc.ca | https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/