2019-2021 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position


April 25, 2019

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)


· 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


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)


Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate Programs Office
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia

#344 – 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4
Tel.: (604) 822-8373; Fax: (604) 822-4400

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Target Audience

  • Faculty, staff, and graduate students are all welcome to apply
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Key dates

  • Information session: Monday, May 27, 2019
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Food Science Guest Seminar on May 10th 12 noon


We are organizing a Guest Seminar for 2 guests visit our Food Science Group during this summer on Friday 10th May 2019, starting 12 noon in FNH 60.

Topic 1: Sustainable technologies in food processing of byproducts from the agri-food chain
Speaker 1: Dr. Anet Režek JAMBRAK, Professor, Department of Food Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Topic 2: Particle size determination techniques in food and nanotechnology
Speaker 2: Dr. Maciej JARZĘBSKI, Asst. Professor, Department of Physics, Poznań University of Life Sciences Poland

Kindly grace us with your presence.

Dr. Anubhav Pratap Singh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Leading Scholar, Green College

FNH 213-2205 East Mall,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC – V6T 1Z4,

Ph: +1-604-822-5944
Em: anubhav.singh@ubc.ca
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Canadian Dairy Commission Scholarship – MAY 31 DEADLINE


CDC website – http://www.milkingredients.ca/index-eng.php?id=296

The Canadian Dairy Commission Scholarship Program is now directly administered by CDC.

This year’s application deadline is May 31, 2019.

Funding levels =

  • Full-time Master’s students: maximum of $20,000 per year for up to 2 years
  • Full-time Ph.D. students: maximum of $30,000 per year for up to 3 years

Please refer to their website for further information.


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