Term 2 TA Orientation


The LFS TA Training Program is kicking off the new term with a TA Orientation session for new and returning TAs who did not attend the Orientation in September 2013.

When: 4-6pm on January 16th, 2014
Where: MCML 350

This is a great opportunity for TAs to become familiar with resources, contact people, and policies that they can use to build their teaching/marking skills. If you will be working with any TAs who are new to TA’ing in LFS this term, you can help them prepare for their TA-ship by encouraging them to attend this event.

TAs must register here before January 15th at midnight to secure their spot in the orientation. Questions, feedback? Please e-mail bryannathiel@gmail.com.

Important Dates in September


Tuesday, September 3rd – LFS TA Training Orientation

9:30 – 3:00 pm MCML 160, MacMillan Building (2357 Main Mall)

The LFS Graduate Student Council is hosting an LFS TA Training Orientation. This event is for new and returning TA’s for both Term 1 and Term 2. The Faculty strongly encourages any student appointed as a TA for LFS, in any capacity in the 2013/2014 year, to attend. The Orientation Day will also include an informational session run by the TA Union, CUPE 2278, which is mandatory for all UBC teaching assistants. The Orientation will have multiple facilitators, with the sessions run by TA Training graduate student coordinators (Bryanna Thiel and Dru Yates), CTLT facilitators, LFS instructors, and TA union representatives.

At the orientation, TA’s will become familiar with:

  • Resources on campus that can be used to build teaching skills
  • Key people and policies relevant to the TA role
  • The expectations of a TA and what can be expected in the position
  • How to best manage or respond to potential challenging classroom situations
  • Strategies for working in multidisciplinary courses that are group work focused

and Coffee: 9:30 am
Sessions: 10am – 3pm

**Morning coffee, lunch, and mid-afternoon refreshments provided.

Register here before Tuesday August 27th at midnight, for planning and catering purposes. If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please email bryannathiel@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 4th – LFS New Student Orientation & Pizza Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 pm AGORA (lower level, MacMillan Building, 2357 Mail Mall)
RSVP to Lia by August 30, 2013: lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca

An informal opportunity to “put a face to all the names”, meet the new LFS graduate students and enjoy some lunch! There will also be two short information sessions.

  • The Dean’s Welcome – Murray Isman
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Programs – Dan Weary / Nina von Keyserlingk
  • Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies – Jacqui Brinkman
  • LFS Graduate Student Council – George Furey
  • The Learning Centre – Cyprien Lomas (not confirmed)
  • The UBC Farm – Veronik Campbell

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – LFS Grad Students Welcome Back BBQ

2:00 – 4:00 pm AGORA (lower level, MacMillan Building, 2357 Mail Mall)
RSVP to Lia by September 9, 2013: lia.maria@ubc.ca

Meet our new & incoming graduate students, award donors, Graduate Advisors, faculty, colleagues, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Staff!
Enjoy vegetarian and non-vegetarian food!

Orientation for New Graduate Students

Graduate Student Orientation is a joint offer by UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Society (GSS), International Student Development and and the Office of the Vice President, Students and is highly recommended for all new graduate students as they provide an opportunity to meet your fellow new graduate students and learn important campus and academic information.

Orientations take place 2-3 times per year. The largest Orientation event happens just prior to the Labour Day weekend and is a week full of activities and events welcoming both local, national and international students to UBC and Vancouver. Winter orientation is an afternoon session offered each January for all students. International student development host an orientation specific to international students in August/September, January and May.

Please visit the event website orientation.grad.ubc.ca to view a schedule of events, location maps, pictures of previous events and much more.