Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education MOOC – January 30, 2018


January 30 – March 13, 2018 | MOOC – a free Massive Open Online Course

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work




This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.


For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people¹s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.


For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.




This online course is delivered using the edX platform, learn about how to register here.


  • DATES: January 30 – March 13, 2018
  • LOCATION: Online (asynchronous)
  • REGISTRATION: Register by January 30




Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:

Friedman Award + Info Session Announcement


Friedman Award for Scholars in Health + Information Session Announcement

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health is open to any UBC graduate student or medical resident studying in the area of health. ‘Health’ is interpreted very broadly, and includes health promotion and disease prevention, mental health research, laboratory sciences related to medicine or health, public health, health services research, or any area intended to impact human health.

Information SessionSign up here for the Friedman Award Info Session, details are listed below:

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 PM (PST)


1.     UBC Point Grey Location (Live) – Life Sciences Centre (2350 Health Sciences Mall), Room 1312 (LSC 1312)

2.     UBC Okanagan Location (Video Conference) – Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, Room 129 (RHS 129)

3.     St. Paul’s Hospital (Video Conference) – St. Paul’s Hospital 4/5 (SPH 4/5)

4.     Vancouver General Hospital (Video Conference) – Jim Pattison Pavilion, Room 3414 (JPPN 3414)

About the Friedman Award for Scholars in Health

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career.

·         Award Value: Awards of up to $50,000 each will be granted for six or more months of study. Award amount will be at the discretion of the adjudication committee. Each recipient of a Friedman Award will be designated a “Friedman Scholar”.

·         Application Deadline: 4:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018

For further information about this award opportunity, please visit:

Become a Sustainability Ambassador! Application Open until Jan. 31st


Become a Sustainability Ambassador


The UBC Sustainability Ambassador program is now accepting applications. Ambassadors are key environmental leaders in the UBC community, turning ideas into action, and making friends along the way. Broaden your professional skills and hone your leadership talent.

Learn more and apply by January 31st, 2018 

Kshamta B. Hunter M.A.
Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement
Teaching, Learning & Research|UBC Sustainability Initiative
The University of British Columbia
2260 West Mall|Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 827 3754



Nominations for 2017-18 Killam GTA Awards


We are pleased to open the nomination process for the 2017/2018 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Please find attached (and below) my memorandum in this regard, and specific attention should be given to Appendix III which indicates the number of awards available for each Faculty in this cycle. If your Faculty is eligible this year, we would appreciate your distributing this information widely, particularly to all Heads and Directors.

Call for Nominations – Killam GTA Awards 2017-18

We draw your attention to the following deadline dates:

March 9th — Nominations to be submitted to the Department.
March 16th — Department forwards the nominations to the Dean’s Office for adjudication.
March 30th — Dean’s Office forwards successful name(s) to the Provost Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Selina Fast at 822-5611 or

Thank you.

Eric Eich
Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President Academic, Office of the Provost, UBC Vancouver
Distinguished University Scholar & Professor, Department of Psychology, UBC Vancouver

January 9, 2018

To: Deans, UBC Vancouver

From: Professor Eric Eich, Vice-Provost and Associate VP Academic Affairs

Re: Call for Nominations – 2017/18 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our undergraduate programs, the university annually awards sixteen Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. The Killam GTA Award includes a Certificate and $1,000.00. The sixteen awards, given annually, seek to demonstrate the importance and value that UBC places on teaching and learning, and to recognize teaching excellence within our institution.

We are seeking your assistance in promoting this award opportunity. We ask that you distribute this Call for Nominations to Heads and Directors, students and faculty members in all your teaching sites and post it in public spaces, as appropriate.

In addition to the Killam awards, Faculties may choose to establish their own GTA teaching award administered internally.

The procedure for submission of Killam GTA Award nominations follows, and includes a set of criteria approved by the Deans’ Committee when the awards were established. The Criteria are described in Appendix I.


The award is open to any Graduate Teaching Assistant who acts or has acted in this position during the current and/or preceding academic year (2016-17 and/or 2015-16).

Nomination Process:
Nominations should be encouraged from faculty supervisors (professors, senior laboratory instructors) of the Graduate Teaching Assistant nominee, from colleagues working closely with the nominee, and from the students who attend/attended the nominee’s class or laboratory. GTAs can also self-nominate for the award.

Each Faculty will determine how nominations will be encouraged and gathered within that Faculty. The Head’s Office collects the nomination packages and submits them to the Dean’s Office for adjudication (see below for deadlines and adjudication process). Following adjudication, the Dean’s Office notifies the Provost Office of the selected winner(s).
Please note that there is no application form. The application takes the form of a teaching dossier and supporting documentation, from either the self-nominee or the student/peer/faculty nominating party. Please see Appendix II for guidelines for compiling the dossier and supporting documentation. Completed nomination materials will be collected by the Department Head or Director, for submission to the Dean’s Office. Any questions about the length and format of the materials should be directed to the relevant Dean’s Office.

If the TA work is performed in a Department other than the TA’s “home” Department (where he/she is registered), the nomination package should be submitted to the Department in which the work is performed, and the home Department should be notified of the nomination. Should the nominee become a winner, both Departments should be mentioned when the Dean’s Office submits the winner’s name to the Provost Office.

Nomination Deadlines:
a) Individual nomination packages must be submitted to the Head’s or Director’s office by: Friday, March 9, 2018.
b) The Department/Unit must send nomination packages to the Dean’s office by:
Friday, March 16, 2018.
c) Following the adjudication process, the Dean’s Office will forward the name of the winner(s) to the Office of the Provost and VP Academic, via email to, by:
Friday, March 30, 2018, along with the following information:
• current home mailing address
• email address
• Social Insurance Number (for Payroll to process the financial award)
• name, title and email address of the TA’s immediate supervisor
• name and email address of the Department/Unit Head

Faculties are asked to refrain from announcing the results until the winners’ list has been posted to the Provost Office website ( The list will be posted to the website approximately 1-2 weeks following the March 30th deadline above, and following the congratulatory letter that is sent to each winner from the Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Academic Affairs.

Adjudication Process:
As decided by the Committee of Deans in the late 1990s, Faculties are responsible for adjudicating the awards for their units. To that end, a committee should be struck by each Dean’s Office to review the nominations from departments. It is suggested that each committee consist of three Graduate Teaching Assistants who are recognized as effective teachers, three faculty or laboratory Supervisors of teaching assistants, and up to three recent teaching award winners in the faculty. A committee Chair will be chosen by, and from within, the committee. The enclosed criteria should be used by committees to determine nominees’ teaching effectiveness.

The 16 centrally-funded awards have been split among faculties on a per-capita (of teaching assistants) basis, using figures submitted by CUPE 2278. See Appendix III of this letter for faculty breakdowns.

Appendices Attached:
Appendix I: Criteria
Appendix II: Supporting documentation to include in nomination package
Appendix III: Distribution of awards by Faculty

If you have any questions, please contact Selina Fast,, Office of the Provost and VP Academic, or visit:

Call for Nominations: SSHRC Talent Award


SSHRC Talent Award – 2018 Competition

The SSHRC Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on 6 March 2018, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector. One Talent Award will be awarded by SSHRC from the nominations submitted by Canadian universities.

The Talent Award may be taken up as a fellowship to fund the recipient’s doctoral or postdoctoral research over a one-year period, or may be used, within one year of receiving the award, as a grant to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. At least 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Eligibility: A nominee must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination, must be an active social sciences and humanities researcher or student, and must hold a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship on 6 March 2018.

Nomination Deadline: Complete nomination packages must be received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 16 February 2018

For nomination procedures, please consult the G+PS website ( The G+PS contact for this funding opportunity is Junnie Cheung (