Important Memo from the TA Union

Greetings from the TA Union office!

I am writing to let you know about three items for the start of the year:

1.     Orientation Meetings for new TAs and Markers:

We are hosting two orientations for new Teaching Assistants and Markers from all departments. Since we will not have contact information for our new members until October, would you please advertise these meetings to your TAs and Markers? Here are the details:

Wednesday, September 5, 12:15, in the GSS Loft

Thursday, September 13, 5:00, in the GSS Loft

One of the key sources of information at our orientation meetings is our Quick Guide to the Collective Agreement, which is on our web site: Quick Guide to the Collective Agreement

 2.     Allocation of Hours Form

According to Article 12.02 of our Collective Agreement with UBC, an Allocation of Hours Form must be filled out for every TA and Marker. This form (or an equivalent one of your own design) can be used for this purpose. If this link does not work for you, please email me and I will resend it as an attachment.

3.     Dues Deduction Forms

Just a friendly reminder that our office no longer needs to receive the signed dues deduction forms that newly hired TAs fill out. These forms can be kept on file in your department.

Wishing you a great Labour Day weekend and a smooth start to the fall term,

Bridget Donald

Administrative Coordinator

Term 1 LFS TA Training Orientation


LFS TA Handbook – 201819

Dear Term 1 LFS TA’s!

Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation is fast approaching!  If you will be TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in the 2018/2019 academic year this training will provide all the information, connections, and expectations for you to succeed in your role.

Date: Wednesday, September 5th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building.

***Beverages and lunch will be provided***  

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 TAand what you can expect

Please register before September 5th by filling out this Google Form.

Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). In an effort to conserve paper we will not be printing handbooks this year. You can also find the handbook online at the LFS TA Blog Portal.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with either Colin or Jun.

Best regards,

Colin Dring  & Jun Obayashi

Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems |



Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for Teaching Assistants in LFS


Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for TAs in LFS

Problem based learning (PBL) is a technique that prompts groups of students to carefully analyse a problem to determine what they need to start solving the problem. It requires a different skillset from ‘normal’ TAing.

Come join us for a morning to find out what PBL is, what makes it unique, and how you can succeed in serving as a TA in a PBL course.

While the workshop is designed to support TAs in PBL, all TAs are welcome to participate to enhance your teaching skill in learner-centered environment.

The workshop will be on Friday, September 7, from 9:30 am to 12:20 pm, in FNH Room 300. Registration is required. Please let us know your name, TA experience, and your goals for this workshop by completing this registration form.


you have any question about this workshop, please contact LFS Education Consultant, Judy Chan, at

Call for Applications for Teaching Assistant


Call for Applications for Teaching Assistant

Course No.:  FRST 110 – Term 1 Instructor:  Fernanda Tomaselli
Course Name:  Land One: First year Integrative Seminar Total No. Required:   1 GTA
Required Qualifications:

·         A degree in forestry, land and food systems, conservation, resource management or a related field with an emphasis on/or interest in social dimensions

·         General understanding of forestry, food and sustainability issues in different geographic contexts

·         Good writing and editing skills

·         Good inter-personal skills

·         Experience with marking and providing feedback  is an asset

Description of General Nature of Duties:

·         Marking of essay assignments throughout the term

·         Coordinating student blog and other feedback via Canvas

·         Grading short quizzes

·         Coordinating and participating in two field trips

·         Assist in other general duties

Hours Allotted:   6 hours/week for 16 weeks

If interested in applying email the instructor: