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Industry-Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle

McGill University’s Department of Animal Science invites applications for an Industry-Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle. The Chair will play a key role in the department’s growing group of researchers with international leadership in the area of dairy-herd management. The candidate should be internationally renowned with a strong record of academic excellence in a fundamental discipline such as dairy-herd management, animal welfare and behaviour, cow comfort, or animal health and longevity, with a view to improving the profitability of dairy farms while respecting industry and consumer concerns for animal well-being. The Chair holder is expected to develop and maintain an independent research program of the highest calibre, supported by external research funds (in addition to the program funding), while also playing a key collaborative role in many of the current academic endeavors such as assisted reproductive technologies, genetic selection studies, health management, agricultural engineering, farm economics, sustainable agriculture and food security. The Candidate would contribute to teaching programs in the Department of Animal Science, and supervise and train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. A thorough understanding of, and interaction with, the local dairy industry is critical to a successful program; to this end, an ability (or a commitment to learn) to communicate in French would be a strong asset.

The successful applicant will fill the NSERC-Novalait-DFC Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle, with significant funding from both Provincial and Federal levels. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is committed to keeping Canada at the forefront of the global race in science and innovation. Its national network and expertise with the research community is seen as a bridge to help access Canada’s wealth of R&D knowledge, people and facilities, and to use the academic research system as a competitive edge. Their Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program assists universities in pursuing new directions, or in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in science and engineering of interest to industry. Novalait Inc. is jointly owned and operated by the Dairy Producers and Processors of Québec. Its goal is the promotion, development and furthering of knowledge and innovation with a view to ensuring the long-term growth and sustainability of the dairy industry in Québec. Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization that strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that both foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

McGill’s Department of Animal Science has solid links with industry, and is equipped with an array of laboratories and equipment to carry out fundamental research in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, bioinformatics, and food safety. Depending on the individual’s research strengths, there is extensive potential for interaction with other units such as Agricultural Economics, Plant Science, Bioresource Engineering, Natural Resource Sciences, as well as the Institute of Parasitology, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (comprising researchers from across the entire University – Medicine, Dentistry and Science). In addition, there is a strong history of collaboration with other Universities and Research Centres throughout Québec and further afield. The Macdonald Campus Farm, which includes an 88-tie stall Cattle Complex, is situated directly on Campus and offers exceptional opportunities for observational and experimental research in dairy cattle. In addition to its research mission, the dairy herd ranks among the highest in the Province of Québec for both production and reproductive performance. Valacta – Québec’s Centre of Expertise in Dairy Production – is also situated on Campus, facilitating excellent research opportunities.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from Montreal’s city centre and the downtown Campus. It is in close proximity to the Montreal life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The Campus comprises 650 hectares which, in addition to the farm, houses the Morgan Arboretum, the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre, experimental field stations, and modern student facilities (libraries and active-learning teaching laboratories). The Faculty has an exceptionally strong record in research, and graduate and undergraduate training in agricultural, environmental, food, and human nutrition sciences, as well as molecular biology, biotechnology and bioresource engineering. The Faculty actively supports inter-disciplinary teaching and research, and contributes to McGill’s global leadership position through numerous international research and field training programs. Additional information concerning McGill, its Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Animal Science can be found on their respective web sites (www.mcgill.ca, www.mcgill.ca/macdonald, and www.mcgill.ca/animal).

The appointment is expected to be made at the senior level (although exceptional junior candidates may also be considered). Applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, as well as the names of three references (who would only be contacted – with permission – in the final stages of the process), should be submitted to:

Dr. Kevin Wade, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Animal Science
McGill University Macdonald Campus
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9 CANADA

or, preferably, sent electronically to kevin.wade@mcgill.ca

The closing date for applications is June 16, 2014 (or until filled).

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

2014 Summer Session TA positions

There are a limited (approximately 15) number of TA positions available for 2014 Summer Session within LFS.  In order to be considered, you must complete an online application.  Please note that the application deadline is midnight, Friday, March 21st.   A link to the job descriptions for the courses requiring TA support can be found on this website:  http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/graduate/ta

If you are selected for a position, you will be contacted by the course instructor to discuss details of the position.  You will then receive a follow-up email which will include a contract and additional information.

Please note: 2014 Winter Session TA positions will be posted by March 31st with the application deadline set at April 30th.

Hiring and Volunteer Opportunities: CRUW Youth Program at the UBC Farm

The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program is hiring! Now in its third year, this program brings Aboriginal youth in foster care and inner-city youth aged 12-15 to the UBC Farm every second Saturday from March 22nd to October 18th. Youth grow food, connect with elders, and learn about wellness through a focus on culturally-relevant activities such as making medicines, working with tobacco, smoking salmon, drum-making, and anti-bullying training. Learn more at: vacfss.com/programs/cruw

For the 2014 program year we are hiring group leaders, youth workers, and volunteers. Descriptions can be found here: http://www.vacfss.com/check-out-contrator-postions-available-with-the-culturally-relevant-urban-wellness-program-cruw. To apply, please send your resumé and cover letter to Jeff Schiffer at jeff_schiffer@vacfss.com before Friday February 28th at 4:30PM.

2014-2015 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position(s)

We are looking for 1-2 graduate students to fill the positions of coordinator for the 2014-2015 LFS TA Training Program under the supervision of an Advisory Committee.

This position pays $28.50/hour for approximately an 85 hour contract. There is some flexibility in when the hours are worked, but generally they are as follows:

Month Coordination Hours
July/August 35
September 15
Oct/Nov/Dec 15
January 10
Feb/March/April 10

We anticipate that funding for the position will be available until June 30, 2015, pending successful application to UBC’s 2014/15 TA Training Fund. Successful applicants are expected to participate in reviewing the funding application in February and March 2014, prior to the start of the actual appointment.

Background: LFS TA Training Program

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has on average an annual total of 167 Teaching Assistantships, filled by approximately 100 Teaching Assistants. All TA positions involve very different duties and skills. TAs in the Faculty are responsible for: marking and assessing student work, leading science labs, 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 with a faculty-wide development program which has included in the last two years:

  • Development of a Teaching Assistant Handbook
  • Problem-based Learning Workshop
  • Instructional Skills Workshop
  • TA Orientation Day
  • Marking & Assessment Workshop
  • Term 2 TA Orientation Day
  • Diversity & Conflict Management Workshop
  • 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 this year’s 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

  • Assist in the preparation of TA Training Grant application for UBC
  • Develop 2014-2015 TA Training Program (based on previous years records)
  • Develop 2014-2015 TA Training Program budget (based on previous years records)
  • Update 2014-2015 TA Handbook
  • Coordinate and facilitate Term 1 and Term 2 Orientations
  • Coordinate and facilitate monthly Community of Practice meetings
  • Coordinate specialty workshops (e.g., PBL, 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 Term 1 and Term 2 progress reports
  • Put together project report for Granting agency
  • Maintain records in an open source (Google Drive) folders
  • Promote high standard of teaching and learning in the faculty to students, TAs, instructors, faculty, staff and administration
  • Develop 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 2014-2015 academic year
  • Excellent 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 ability to work on your own


Please submit all resumes and cover letters to Gwen Chapman, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems by February 7, 2014. Applications should be sent by email to gwen.chapman@ubc.ca.  Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Position start date is February 24, 2014.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the 2013-2014 TA Training Program Coordinators, Bryanna Thiel (bryannathiel@gmail.com) or Dru Yates (dru.e.yates@gmail.com)

Job Alert: Community of Practice Developer, CTLT

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology is looking for a graduate student to serve this part-time position. Please see details in the below job posting and contact Jessica Earle-Meadows at <jessica.earle-meadows@ubc.ca>, Acting Manager, Process Design and Facilitation, CTLT for more information.

Position Function

The Community of Practice Developer provides leadership and support for the development of Communities of Practice (CoPs) at CTLT. The position is responsible for designing, facilitating and documenting activities and scholarship to support the growth and development of CoPs, and the professional development of CoP Facilitators.

Communities of practice are groups whose members “share a passion for something they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better” (Wenger, 2006). Depending on the interests of members they may host presentations from various UBC departments, share ideas and problem-­-solve together, host guest speakers, collaborate on projects, or hold social/networking events. A CTLT CoP allows people to share knowledge, expertise, scholarship, ideas, and suggestions, both face-­-to-­-face and electronically.

Organizational Summary

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) works collaboratively with academic and administrative units throughout UBC to build innovative and effective strategies in support of learning and teaching. CTLT staff develop and offer programs and services, and facilitate workshops, lectures, panel discussions, communities of practice, retreats, meetings, focus groups, and conferences, aimed at professionals who are interested in furthering their teaching skills and their knowledge of how people learn. The CTLT also partners with UBC Faculties to develop and deliver distance learning courses, in both print and online formats.

Working Relationships

Reports to the Manager, Facilitation and Process Design. This position supports the growth and development of Communities of Practice and the professional development of Community of Practice Facilitators at CTLT and beyond. Also works with Teaching and Learning Professional Development team members, other CTLT staff, members of other UBC teaching and learning units, staff and faculty members across a range of faculties and units, and non-­-UBC colleagues.

Work Performed

  • Consults across campus with staff, faculty, and students who have an interest in developing a community of practice or who have already developed communities of practice to share the CTLT Communities of Practice model and ways that CTLT can support their work
  • Collaborates with those proposing new communities of practice to define their proposed CoP, clarify co-­-facilitator roles, plan a community launch, and develop an approach to ongoing CoP activities
  • Works with current CoP facilitators to recruit, orient, and support new facilitators as needed; maintains an up-­-to-­-date list of CoP facilitators
  • Collaborates with CoP facilitators to plan, coordinate and co-­-facilitate professional development related to CoPs. This includes sending regular emails to CoP facilitators, maintaining connections with their needs and interests, and facilitating or co-­-facilitating professional development sessions
  • Provides ongoing support to CoP facilitators through regular check-­-ins, consulting support, and co-­- facilitation as requested
  • Maintains contact with UBC CoPs including publically available CoPs, CoPs within specific units, and CoPs on campus which are not supported by CTLT
  • Consults with CTLT staff and CoP facilitators to create online spaces which reflect the ongoing work of CoPs, connect CoP webspaces together, and link CoP webspaces through the CTLT website and blogs (using WordPress)
  • Provides expertise to special projects related to teaching and learning with colleagues in Facilitation and Process Design, Teaching and Learning Professional Development, and CTLT
  • Promotes CoPs through print and digital media, including writing newsletters, working with the Communications Team to create promotional materials, and coordinating and disseminating promotional material for specific CoPs as needed
  • Performs other related duties as requested

Exercising Judgment/Impacts of Decisions/Consequence of Error

Errors in judgment may have negative consequences for the quality of teaching and learning at UBC. They may also result in the inefficient use of resources, and/or poor relations among educational developers, staff or individuals coordinating or participating in Communities of Practice. They may damage the reputation of the University and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Must respond to requests in a timely and professional manner. Must exercise professionalism and judgment when dealing with individuals, units and departments, as well as with non-­-UBC colleagues.

Supervision Given and Received

Works under the direction of the Manager, Facilitation and Process Design. This position requires 12-­-20 hours per week (schedule to be determined).

Minimum Qualifications


  • Must be enrolled in Graduate Studies at UBC.


  • Experience in facilitating group processes face-­-to-­-face.
  • Intercultural and diversity awareness integrated into practice.
  • Experience with community development and/or communities of practice.
  • Prior experience working at UBC and/or in a post-­-secondary teaching and learning context preferred.
  • Experience with educational program planning preferred.


  • Experience designing group processes and demonstrated facilitation skills
  • Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent, WordPress, and email programs.
  • Able to conduct literature searches online and through the UBC Library.