2019-2020 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position

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Attn: Graduate Students, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Re: 2019-2021 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position

Are you looking for work experience that builds your network and enhances your professional abilities in training and supporting your colleagues? We are recruiting one graduate student to fill the position of LFS TA Training Coordinator for the 2019-2021 LFS TA Training Program period (July 2019 to May 2021) under the supervision of an Advisory Committee. Working with another coordinator, TAs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the Centre for Teaching Learning Technology, the successful applicant will have a strong interest and passion for education and empowering TAs to be successful in their work, learning, and teaching practice.

Currently, we offer LFS TAs a faculty-wide development program, which includes:

· A Teaching Assistant Handbook
· TA Orientations (September & January)
· Workshops in:

o Problem-based Learning
o Instructional Skills
o Marking & Assessment
o Facilitation Skills

· Technology Seminars
· Early Alert Training
· Monthly TA Community of Practice Coffee Hours
· Access to Faculty-based Support for TAs
· Preferential access to the Instructional Skills Workshop

Our program objectives are: 1) to have TAs be better prepared and supported in their TA roles, 2) to allow TAs to gain valuable professional skills (applicable beyond TA-ships), 3) to receive feedback from instructors and TAs on the skills they would like TAs to gain and 4) to establish a culture of Teaching Assistantships, where TAs and faculty are actively involved in a community of teaching and learning in LFS

This position pays $30.32/hour for an approximately 110-hour contract. There is some flexibility when the hours are worked, but generally they will be as follows:

Month(s) Coordination Hours

July/August    20
September     10
Oct/Nov/Dec    30
January     10
Feb/March/April/May     40

Coordinator Job Responsibilities

· Preparation of the TA Training Grant application for UBC
· Develop the 2019-2020 TA Training Program (based on previous years records)
· Develop the 2019-2020 TA Training Program budget (based on previous years records)
· Update the 2019-2020 TA Handbook
· Coordinate and facilitate Term 1 and Term 2 TA Orientations
· Coordinate and facilitate monthly Community of Practice meetings
– Coordinate workshops in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching Learning Technologies (e.g., Problem Based Learning, Marking and Assessment, Conflict Management, Instructional Skills Workshop)
· Keep accurate accounting records of spending
· Monitor and record success of each TA Training Program activity with recommendations for improvement
· Develop annual progress reports
· Prepare project reports for the Granting agency
· Maintain records in open source (Google Drive) folders
· Promote high standard of teaching and learning in the faculty to students, TAs, instructors, faculty, staff and administration
· Develop a succession plan for future years (particularly relevant for masters students)
· Facilitate meetings with Faculty Advisory Committee (approximately 3 times/year)

Qualifications

· Graduate student (Masters or PhD) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for 2019-2021 academic year
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Highly effective organizer and developed coordination skills
· Trained facilitator
· Proficient public speaker
· Strong interest in how we learn and teach
· Knowledge of campus-wide resources available to TAs for their teaching practice
· TA experience (preferably in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems)
· Self-driven and able to work on your own

Application

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Christine Scaman, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems by June 1, 2019. Applications should be sent by email to christine.scaman@ubc.ca with the subject line: (TA Training Coordinator Position Application – [First Name, Last Name]. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Position start date is July 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the current TA Training Program Coordinators, Colin Dring (colin.dring@mail.ubc.ca) or Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)

LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2018-2019

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Katie Koralesky, winner of the 2018-2019 LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award!

Congratulations to Katie Koralesky, PhD student in Applied Animal Biology.

After reviewing the submissions the award committee had the difficult decision of choosing a single best candidate for the award.   After individual ranking followed by deliberation the committee decided that Katie Koralesky is the recipient of the 2018-2019 LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Katherine Koralesky is a Ph.D. candidate in the Animal Welfare program. Her broad range of experiences as a Teaching Assistant and her devotion and commitment to teaching made her an ideal candidate for the award.

The winner of the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award receives a certificate and $1,000.00.

 

TA Awards and Recognition

WAITLIST NOW OPEN! – Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop on May 25, 26 & June 1, 2019

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FROM:

Elisa Herman, Events Assistant
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 4871
elisa.herman@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT

http://www.ctlt.ubc.ca

 

Waitlist registration for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) May 25, 26 & June 1, 2019 is now OPEN.  The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition,
upon successful completion of the workshop, graduate students are eligible to become CIRTL associates.

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the May 25, 26 & June 1, 2019 ISW WAITLIST please go to the following link and sign-up for the waitlist: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/graduate-instructional-skills-workshop-may-25-26-june-1-2019/

Waitlist registration will close on May 22, 2019 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you are signing up for the WAITLIST only,  this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Due to high demand, participants are randomly selected from the waitlist. If you have registered for more than one ISW waitlist, your name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list and you will have a higher chance of being selected for an ISW.

IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. 

 

 

2019 Winter Session TA Application is Open

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The 2019 Winter Session (Terms 1 and 2) LFS TA Application is open!!!  There will be approximately 200 TA positions available in LFS during 2019 Winter Session.  Please complete and submit an application before the deadline – April 30, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE
:  To access the online TA Application from off-campus, you will need to set up a VPN connection.

Exam Invigilator Opportunity – April 16th, 2019

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An invigilator is needed for the following:

      • Course: FNH 474 (Sport Nutrition), Final Exam
      • Instructor: Emma McCrudden
      • Length of time needed: 3 hours
      • Time of day: 8:00 am–11:00 am
      • Date: April 16th, 2019
      • Location: SWING 121

If interested, please contact:

Emma McCrudden  BSc, MSc, RD
Sport Dietitian | Athletics & Recreation
Lecturer | School of Kinesiology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
272-6081 University Blvd | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 822 9243
emma.mccrudden@ubc.ca

 

 

 

Today’s LFS TA Early Alert Orientation is CANCELLED

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Hi LFS TAs,
Today’s LFS TA Early Alert Orientation is CANCELLED due to a lack of registrations.
Regards, and enjoy the weekend.
Jun and Colin
Teaching Assistant Training Program Coordinators, Land and Food Systems
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory
Phone 604 787 6614

4pm today – Early Alert Orientation workshop registration deadline

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Dear LFS TAs, 

 
Please make sure to register by 4pm today for the Early Alert Orientation workshop (Details below). If we do not get enough interest we will need to cancel the event. 
Event: Early Alert Orientation 
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: FNH 300
Registration: (Register here)
 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the event. 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi 
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinator | Land and Food Systems 

Early Alert Orientation – a few days away

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Hi LFS TAs, 

 
Hope all is well. This is a friendly reminder that the Early Alert Orientation is a few days away. Below is a description of the event. 
 
UBC strives to build a caring community, in which we all reach out and offer support when we notice signs of difficulty in others. Early Alert helps facilitate this by helping staff, faculty and TA’s better support students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. This training is an introduction to the Early Alert program, and includes information about how to submit an Early Alert and how to access resources that will be useful when you are concerned about a student.
 
Event: Early Alert Orientation 
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: FNH 300
Registration: (Register here)
 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the event. 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi 
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

March 22nd Marking and Assessment Workshop – this afternoon!

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Hi LFS TAs,

 
Hope all is well. This is a friendly reminder that the March 22nd Marking and Assessment Workshop is a couple of days away. 
 
Event: Marking and Assessment Workshop 
Date: Friday, March 22nd.
Time: 4-5pm
Location: FNH 300
Registration: Please register (link here) if you are planning on attending.
 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the workshop. 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi 
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

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