TAship available for W1 APBI 260 001


Hi there,

Interested in facilitating a problem-based discussion and leading a field lab focused on agroecological data collection and analysis techniques at the UBC Farm?  Got Monday and Wednesday afternoons “open” from 1-4?  If so I’ve got the perfect job for you!  I’ve still got a TA position open for my APBI 260 Introduction to Agroecology.  Send me an email letting me know you are interested along with your CV as soon as possible (like now) and we can set up a time to talk.

TAships can range from 15-65 hours depending on your availability.


Sean M. Smukler  PhD (he/him)
Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Chair of Agriculture and Environment
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
123-2357 Main Mall University of British Columbia | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Traditional Ancestral Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Territory

Phone 604 822 2795 | Cell 604 728 2816
sean.smukler@ubc.ca | @smsmukler | outlook calendar



Teaching Assistantship for APBI 260 Agroecology 1: Introduction to principles and techniques

Instructor:  Sean Smukler

Course Overview:

The course introduces the biophysical and socioeconomic factors affecting systems management and production in select agroecosystems.  The course consists of two hours of lecture per week, 8 three-hour labs at the University of British Columbia Farm and weekly three-hour problem-based learning (PBL) discussion sessions.


A team of teaching assistants (TAs) help with various aspects of course delivery for 15-80 hours per term depending on the TA’s role.  The lead TA will assist the instructor in organization and facilitation of course and leadership of TA team. TAs will lead a field-based laboratory on agriculture and environment assessment.  They will also facilitate PBL discussion sessions.  TAs will give feedback on PBL performance to learners, participate in teaching team meetings,  grade learning issues and PBL reports, attend student presentations and provide feedback within an indication of possible grades (to Instructor). TAships are also available for grading only for fewer hours.  Perform other duties as required. Student not familiar with the labs or PBL will be required to attend a half day training in preparation for course.

Minimum qualifications & skills

Education: Must have field research or work experience. Undergraduate degree in an Agricultural Sciences program preferred; Science and Arts programs may be eligible. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, Agroecology/Agricultural Science, Applied Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or Natural Resource Management an asset.
Experience: Facilitation or leadership experience preferred.  Experience with PBL an asset.
Skills: Excellent English language and communication skills, including active listening skills. Effective interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work in a team environment.


TA needed: Winter Term 2 FNH 490 001 – Food Safety and Quality Management


TA Opportunity

I am looking for a TA for FNH 490 001 Food Safety and Quality Management for the
2021/22 Winter Term 2 – that is, January to April, 2022.
This is a problem-based learning course that examines the techniques, including continuous improvement methods, needed to implement a food safety and quality system in a food manufacturing facility. Sanitation is an area of focus because of its link to significant food-borne outbreaks.

Please email me, Rebecca Robertson, at rebecca.robertson@ubc.ca if you are interested in this TA position.


TAs needed for W1 FRE 340 001 and W1 FRE 490 001




I’m looking for TAs for both my Winter Term 1 courses – FRE 340 001 – International Agricultural Development and  FRE 490 001 – Impact Evaluation Analytics

Here are the course descriptions…

FRE 340 001 – Course Overview:

FRE 340 offers students an understanding of the critical role that agriculture plays in international economic development – including but not limited to:

  • an examination of theories of growth and development, and their relationship to the agricultural sector, along with;
    ○      the factors responsible for growth and transformation in rural and urban areas;
    ○      the role of agriculture in least developed countries’ (LDCs) economic development;
    ○      government policies that enhance the prospects for sustainable growth;
    ○      the environmental impact of economic development;
    ○      the social impact of economic development;
    ○      the linkages among the industrial, natural resource, and agricultural sectors;
  •    methods of analysis in development in order to help shape government policy;
    ●      analysis of agricultural development problems using economic concepts;
    ●      an analysis and critique of policies related to international agricultural development; and
    ●      an analysis of the challenges facing contemporary international agricultural development.

Examples will be drawn from a variety of developing countries and political units. Although the agricultural sector will be covered in some detail, the complementary role of other industries will also be given attention to show how to apply, more broadly, the lessons learned in agriculture to other sectors of the economy. Our studies will reveal the complex aspects of economic development, the actuality that growth paths are difficult to achieve, and that our understanding of the intricacies of economic development is not complete.



Use a detailed marking guide to mark the midterm or final exams and a portion of the term assignments, and submit a breakdown of the verified marks via spreadsheet to the Instructor Meet students during office hours to answer questions about course materials, term papers, assignments, and examinations Collect data and/or articles for course reading list and materials Photocopy course materials as required Additions to hours worked according to task requirements listed above Invigilate a midterm exam and a final exam. Perform other related duties as required


Education and Knowledge Requirements: Undergraduate degree in economics or agricultural economics and thorough understanding of intermediate microeconomics and its applications is preferred. Students completing an undergraduate degree in either economics or agricultural economics may be considered, but only when graduate students are not available. Skills: 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.


FRE 490 001 – Course Overview:

Current Issues in Food & Resource Economics

2021: Impact Evaluation Analytics – Strategies for Sustainable Development 


Grade midterm and final exams plus a portion of 2 homework assignments; submit a breakdown of the verified marks via spreadsheet to the Instructor. Lead two 1 hour discussion sections prior to homework assignments being due. 2 hours preparing material for each discussion= 6 hours total. Invigilate 2-hour final exam and 90 minute midterm. (3.5 hours) Hold 2 hours of office hours per week: 12 weeks x 2 hours/week=24 hours.


Education: Completion of an undergraduate degree in an area related to economics and/or environmental/agricultural policy; completion of, or enrolment in, at least one graduate-level course related to agricultural, development and/or environmental economics. Experience: Preference will be given to students with extensive experience writing reports and grading paragraph-type answers. Skills: excellent interpersonal skills; good organizational skills; strong research skills; and ability to correct English usage (grammar, spelling, paragraph structure) when marking written assignments.


If interested, please contact:

Sean Holowaychuk
Sessional Lecturer – Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Master of Food & Resource Economics (MFRE) – UBC
BA.Econ., BA.Spanish – UBC

H.R. MacMillan Building
#321 – 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z4
Email:  sean.holowaychuk@ubc.ca

LFS TA Coordinators for 2021-2023 – Graduate students apply by Aug 29th, 2021


Dear LFS Research Graduate Students,

Our faculty has been approved funding to hire two TA Coordinators to run the LFS TA Training Program, which seeks to enhance the professional development and community of practice for Teaching Assistants of LFS courses. The position involves evaluating TA needs, coordinating workshops and Orientation, organizing community of practice opportunities for/with LFS TAs, and preparing funding applications. This position is expected to pay the GTA salary for a 96 hour contract over 12 months, to be used at the discretion of the successful candidates. Ideally, the positions will be filled by students who will be in LFS for 2 or more years, to provide continuity for the program.

Interested individuals are encouraged to review the attached document below for additional details, and direct questions to the previous TA Training Program Coordinators, Tebogô Leëpile (tebogo.leepile@ubc.ca) or Lennie Cheung (lennie.cheung@ubc.ca).


To apply for the position, please contact Dr. Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Academic (zxu@mail.ubc.ca) by Aug 29, 2021 with the subject line: “TA Training Coordinator Position Application – [First Name, Last Name]”. The position starts Sep 1, 2021.

Please Note:  If we are unable to fill the positions this year, professional development and community-building opportunities for TAs will decrease, and we will have to forfeit funding for the program.

Additional details here: