Today’s LFS TAs Community of Practice – Early Alert lunch and learn is CANCELLED

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Dear LFS TAs, 
 
Unfortunately, due to some scheduling conflicts with our Early Alert facilitator, today’s 12:30 – 1:30 LFS TAs Community of practice – Early Alert lunch and learn is CANCELLED. 
 
Hopefully, we will be able to schedule the event sometime soon. We will keep you posted. 

Apologies for any inconvenience,
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

February 22nd: LFS TA Award information and Q&A coming soon!

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Hi LFS TAs, 

 
We hope all is well. This is a friendly reminder that the February 22nd TA award Q&A event is a couple of days away. 
 
Event: LFS TA Award information and Q&A.
Speaker: Shelley Small
Date: Friday February 22nd.
Time:12:30- 1:30
Location MCML 170A
 
Looking forward to seeing some of you there. Please feel free to email me with any questions about the event. 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

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