TA training coordinator position


Re: 2018-2019 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position

We are looking for one graduate student to fill the position of coordinator for the 2018-2019 LFS TA Training Program under the supervision of an Advisory Committee.

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 20
Feb/March/April 30

Background: LFS TA Training Program

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has on average an annual total of 167 Teaching Assistantships, filled by approximately 110 Teaching Assistants. All TA positions involve very different duties and skills. TAs in the Faculty are responsible for: marking and assessing student work, leading lab activities, facilitating community and problem-based learning, giving lectures, monitoring in-class and online discussions, providing instruction on field trips, and more.

We are excited to 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

The overall program objectives are 1) to have TAs feel 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

Coordinator Job Responsibilities

  • Preparation of the TA Training Grant application for UBC
  • Develop the 2018-2019 TA Training Program (based on previous years records)
  • Develop the 2018-2019 TA Training Program budget (based on previous years records)
  • Update the 2018-2019 TA Handbook
  • Coordinate and facilitate Term 1 and Term 2 Orientations
  • Coordinate and facilitate monthly Community of Practice meetings
  • Coordinate workshops (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) 


  • Graduate student (Masters or PhD) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for 2018-2019 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 


Please submit all resumes and cover letters to Christine Scaman, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems by June 1, 2018. Applications should be sent by email to christine.scaman@ubc.ca. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Position start date is July 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the 2017-2018 TA Training Program Coordinators, Fernanda Mujica (mfmujica@mail.ubc.ca) or Colin Dring (colin.dring@ubc.ca)


GPS Event: Storytelling for Change


Registration is now open for:

Storytelling for Change: Learn How to Share your Experience to Inspire Social Action

Tues, May 29 | 3 – 5 PM @ Irving K Barber Learning Centre, UBC Point Grey Campus

For details and to register:



Check out community.grad.ubc.ca for other opportunities including:

Careers in Not For Profits May 24 | 5:30 to 7:30 PM @Brock Hall  community.grad.ubc.ca/event/4769

Connections Café, (meet other mid-career grad students), June 6, 4:30 – 6, Life Building https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/4734

Rehearsing Conflict Workshop Series (Increase your skills and resilience when conflict occurs)| community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/4776

Citation Management using RefWorks, May 30 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/4723

SPSS Data Management workshop, May 31 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/4724

Formatting your Thesis workshop, Jun 1 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/4710


Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | @ubcgradschool

Let’s talk Science!


We are running two events in June which may be of interest to students in your department. Could you please forward the following volunteering opportunities to them or post this on your student forum?

Summer Experience Science Day 2018
Join us for Experience Science Day! An annual event that welcomes 200 elementary school students from Downtown East Side to UBC to experience hands-on scientific activities.  Thanks to volunteers like you this program has become highly successful and is held twice each year, reaching twice as many youths and encouraging their participation in science. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to run hands-on workshops entitled Salmon Sustainability for groups of 20-30 students in Grades 4-7.

When: June 7th, 2018. 9:00am-2:30pm
Where: UBC
Who: Grades 4-7 Students

Interested volunteers please sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/r3myyzIz0DlEWodz1) or contact Evelyn at community@ubclts.com.

Science & Maker Jamboree at Granville Island
Granville Island is opening up its market to celebrate science. Join us as we host a booth at Science & Maker Jamboree (hosted by the Open Science Network), the ultimate summer science celebration. Engage with families as you teach them how to make candy into DNA, make their own slime, and more! There will be live music, food, and excitement.

When: June 17, 2018 9:30AM-4:30PM
Where: Granville Island
Who: Families

Interested volunteers please sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/uFSGxaEl7Q6TPpcu2) or contact Evelyn at community@ubclts.com

Thank you!


Community Events Coordinator

Email: community@ubclts.com

Website: www.ubclts.com

Twitter: @ubclts