2019 Summer Session TA Application

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The Faculty of Land and Food Systems will be offering a limited number of part-time TA positions during 2019 Summer Session (approximately 15-20).  The application is now open.  Deadline to submit an application is 4:00 pm, Friday, March 8, 2019.  Please – Do not submit an application after the deadline unless you are advised to do so by an instructor or administrator.

Mark your calendars – upcoming opportunities offered this term.

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Hi LFS Teaching Assistant,

We hope you are doing great and that the term is going well. As part of the faculty’s on-going support for your development, mark your calendars for the upcoming opportunities offered this term.

1) Marking and Assessment Workshops

Are you preparing for midterms, assignments or end of term exams? We wanted to provide a couple of Marking and Assessment Workshops to help support you in providing consistent, fair, and constructive feedback to your learners. These two sessions, one in February, one in March, will provide participants with: i) strategies to ensure that marking is consistent, ii) ways of maximizing reliability between TAs, and iii) practice providing constructive and positive feedback to learners. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The first Marking and Assessment workshop will be held February 15th from 4-5pm in MCML 170A. Ensure a spot by registering via this link here.

The second Marking and Assessment workshop will be held March 22nd, from 4-5pm FNH 300.  Ensure a spot by registering via this link here.

2) Community of Practice

Having a space to share insights or troubleshoot issues is an important part of your professional development. Our Community of Practice space is an informal get together of TAs once month over lunch. We’ve proposed the following topics for the remainder of the term, but are always open to other suggestions for discussion or people who you want to hear from!

  • Feb 22nd (1230-130pm) in MCML 170A – Proposed Topic – TA Award (Shelley Small)
  • March 13th (1230-130pm) in FNH 220 – Proposed Topic – Early Alert (TBD)
  • April 10th (1230-130pm) in FNH 220 – Proposed Topic – Wrapping up your TAship (Jun/Colin)

3) Instructional Skills Workshop – VIP Access

We still have four (4) LFS TA priority (No waitlist) spots left for Instructional Skills Workshop. ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and waitlists for each workshop are typically 80–100+. Please consult this link for upcoming dates that would work for your particular schedules. Email us to reserve you spot.

Colin and Jun

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

Farm Street Address 3461 Ross Drive
Mailing Address 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4

Phone 778 859 1148

colind@mail.ubc.ca@UBCFarm
http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca

Friendly reminder — TA Orientation day and registration deadline.

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Dear LFS TAs
 
This is a friendly reminder that our TA orientation day is fast approaching. Please make sure to register so we can place an accurate catering order. 
 
Please register before January 15th by filling out this Google Form.
Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs is fast approaching!  
If you are 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: Thursday, January 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building. 
***Beverages and lunch will be provided – Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register***  
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
Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). 
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. 
 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
&
Colin Dring  (colind@mail.ubc.ca
 
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs

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Dear Term 2 LFS TA‘s!
Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs is fast approaching!  
If you are 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: Thursday, January 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building. 
***Beverages and lunch will be provided – Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register***  
Please register before January 15th by filling out this Google Form.
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
Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). 
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. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Colin Dring  (colind@mail.ubc.ca
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

Term 2 TA Position Available – POSITION ASSIGNED

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Course:  FNH 405 001
Available TA hours:  105
Course Instructor:  Karen Fong

Here is the current Job Description –

WORK PERFORMED

This TA position will help the instructor prepare and mark assignments based on peer-reviewed articles about molecular detection of microbes in Fermented Foods.  The TA will also help mark student presentations, the midterm and the final exam.  There will also be an opportunity to help the instructor with lecture material.

If you are interested in this position, please contact the course instructor directly:  karenfong03@gmail.com

 

PD Opportunities for Grad Students & TA’s

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The CTLT is hosting a ton of free professional development opportunities for graduate students, teaching assistants and postdocs that you might be interested in!  Read on……

Foundations of Pedagogy 1
January 8, 2019

2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Koerner Library, Room 216

Introduction to evidence-based undergraduate teaching for graduate students and postdocs. Upon completion, you will be awarded CIRTL Associate status. More info

Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute – January 15-18, 2019
TA’ing a Community Engaged Learning Course
January 15, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This session will introduce community engaged learning as a growing teaching strategy at UBC. More info

Improving Your Time Management (in TAing)
January 15, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Do you have trouble balancing your graduate studies and TA responsibilities? Do you stay up all night marking or preparing for class? This workshop is for you. More info

Canvas as an Experiential Learning Space
January 15, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This session will focus on the different Canvas tools and how you can use them to effectively engage your students. More info

Leading Discussions
January 16, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Explore strategies for the effective design and facilitation of discussion activities, using varying discussion structuring techniques. More info

Learning Analytics
January 16, 2019

12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Location TBC

Learn new analytics tools and engage in discussions about what features and feedback could make learning analytics even more useful for teaching and learning. More info

Making Space: Supporting Inclusive Classrooms

January 16, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Location TBC

Create strategies to quickly identify and mitigate potential obstacles to learning while supporting the positive benefits of diversity. More info

Self-Advocacy and Negotiation Strategies for TAs

January 17, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

TAs will learn effective self-advocacy strategies that will support their overall wellbeing. More info

Faculty-TA Relationship

January 17, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

In this session explore strategies to set expectations regarding TAing and address any problems that may arise throughout the term with faculty members. More info

Designing High-Impact Learning Experiences

January 17, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Learn how the learning cycle describes the construction and transfer of knowledge, and how you can make use of this process when teaching others to help deepen and reinforce learning. More info

How Your TAship Can Help Your Career

January 18, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This interactive session will help participants reflect on and articulate the skills gained from being a teaching assistant. More info

Presentation and Guest Lecturing Skills

January 18, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Your supervisor is out of town and has asked you to guest lecture for them next term. Oh no! The TA Institute is here to help. More info

 

Thank you,
Sukhi

Sukhi Ghuman
Marketing & Events Manager
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214 – 1961 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4816 | Cell 604 315 2599
sukhi.ghuman@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT
http://www.ctlt.ubc.ca | http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca

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TA POSITIONS AVAILABLE

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If you are interested in any of the following three Term 2 TA positions, please contact the instructor directly.  The find out when this course is scheduled, please refer to the course calendar listing here: 

 

LFS 250 002 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (TBD available TA support hours)

Note: This is a two term course that runs from September to April. This position is for some or all of Term 2, to be determined (TBD).

WORK PERFORMED:

  • Required On-Campus Availability: Tuesdays 12:30-5 pm. 
  • Use detailed rubrics to mark individual and group assignments, including reflective journal entries and literature review papers for each of 30-35 students in break out rooms and 3 group assignments per group 
  • Attend all plenary lectures and field trips in order to facilitate further student discussions in breakout rooms
  • Advise student groups during group work on Dairy project and community-based experiential learning activities; this includes monitoring group discussions and maintaining communication to facilitate effective group work in breakout rooms and the community.
  • Prepare for grading assigned presentations; read papers on which students will be making oral presentations
  • Assist with the coordination of community-based experiential learning activities, including training sessions and equipment organization 
  • Grade oral presentations and prepare feedback for student groups
  • Attend weekly and end-of-term teaching team meetings
  • Facilitation of breakout/discussion groups

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

Education:  Preference will be given to students who have an undergraduate degree in Land and Food Systems or environmental sciences.

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

Skills: excellent interpersonal skills; good organizational skills; ability to set up and operate audio-visual teaching aids including LCD projector, laptop computer, and DVD player; ability to correct English usage (grammar, spelling, paragraph structure) when marking written assignments. Some experience with problem-based learning recommended.

Instructor: Dr. Will Valley
Email: will.valley@ubc.ca

 

LFS 340 001 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (34 available TA support hours)

Work Performed:

  • Attend weekly lectures and participate in lecture discussions
  • Prepare and organize the classroom including displays, A/V equipment, photocopying, others duties as required
  • Using detailed marking guide, co-marking (with instructor) individual and group assignments
  • Entering grades assignments in spreadsheet and submitting grades to Connect
  • Support and facilitate in-class group discussion
  • Assisting instructor with guest lecturers and invited Aboriginal Elders
  • Some plant material collection for class demonstrations.
  • Support the management of course webpage (Word Press based)
  • Give feedback to students on group projects during office hours

Qualifications

  • Education: Preference will be given to students who have attained an undergraduate degree in Botany, First Nations Studies, Global Resource Systems or related disciplines.
  • Experience: Preference will be given to students who have the ability to communicate with the instructor, knowledgeable of traditional plant knowledge, previous exposure to Indigenous knowledge systems, prior work experience with Aboriginal people desirable.
  • Skills: ability to respond to student questions via web or in person.  Good interpersonal and organizational skills. Knowledge of Word Press, Excel, and Connect.  Effective marking skills and on-line grading tools. Responding to on-line student’s questions.

    Instructor: Dr. Eduardo Jovel
    Email: eduardo.jovel@ubc.ca

 

LFS 350 002 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (120 available TA support hours)

WORK PERFORMED

The Teaching Assistant will be responsible assisting with the implementation and delivery of course instruction and activities in collaboration with the instructors:

  • Use detailed marking guide to mark two academic experiential reviews, one quiz, and a final assignment.
  • Facilitate homeroom instruction, including discussions in break out groups and other activities.
  • Advise students on their Community Experiential Learning Projects (CFSP: Community Food System Project); including proposal development, monitoring group progress and discussions on Connect.
  • Marking student presentations, and group oral presentations, and monitoring student’s participation.
  • Grade oral presentations and prepare feedback for student groups
  • Attend weekly teaching team meetings, completing required readings, attending plenary lectures
  • Completion of Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on-line tutorial.
  • Participation in a weekly preparatory meeting, one and half-hours.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Education: Undergraduate degree in Land and Food Systems or environmental sciences, education, sociology, anthropology, preferred, buy not limited.  One senior level undergraduate student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, who have completed LFS 350, may be considered for one of the TA’s positions.

Experience: Preference will be given to students able to work in interdisciplinary classrooms, experienced in facilitating teamwork, and community-based research; Self-motivated and ability to work well with minimal supervision; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a wide range of groups and individuals, including community partners; Work with instructors to resolve challenges, comfortable asking questions about responsibilities, obligations, and issues arising with students

Skills: Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent academic writing and presentation skills; experience operating audio-visual equipment including LCD projector, laptop computer, and DVD player, and others; ability to facilitate group discussions. Some experience with problem-based learning is desirable.

Instructor: Dr. Will Valley
Email: will.valley@ubc.ca

Upcoming Workshop and ISW spots for LFS TAs

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Hi Teaching Assistants!

Hope the term is going well and that you are all doing well. Just wanted to let you all know that we have an upcoming workshop for LFS Teaching Assistants.

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Workshop: Strategies for Emotional & Social Learning

Workshop description: In this session, participants will develop and identify emotional and cognitive skills needed for engaging in emotionally charged situations with students. We will explore a number of key strategies to build confidence and self-esteem in students when offering them feedback.

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Instructional Skills Workshop – Preferential Access for LFS Teaching Assistants

As you may know, all graduate students at UBC can attend the very popular Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).  Usually the workshop has a very long waitlist and is difficult to get into. LFS has secured spots for teaching assistants (each valued at $200) which allows you to bypass the waitlist. We have nine spots remaining.

If you are interested in taking this workshop, please email us at colind@mail.ubc.ca with the following information:

  1. Your name, graduate degree program and courses you are currently or intend to TA/teach.
  2. A brief description of how the ISW contributes to your teaching development (150 words).
  3. Your top three choices for the following dates:

January 19, 20, 26, 2019

January 27, February 2, 3, 2019

February 4, 6, 7, 2019

February 9, 16, 17, 2019

March 2, 9, 10, 2019

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As always, do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Colin & Jun

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

Farm Street Address 3461 Ross Drive
Mailing Address 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4

Phone 778 859 1148

colind@mail.ubc.ca@UBCFarm
http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca