LFS Teaching Colloquy 2022: So you want to talk about decolonization? Open to all LFS TAs and students

Hello LFS TAs! 
We hope the summer is treating everyone well so far. We wanted to share an opportunity to learn more about decolonization in teaching and learning environments. Please refer to the information below for details about the session.  
When: Friday, June 24th from 9:30am to 12pm
What: Discussion on decolonization. This session is open to all teaching members of our community: professors, sessionals, TAs and grad students.
The term decolonization is used more and more in higher education, but has different meanings for different people and groups. What are the commonalities and differences between interpretations of the term? How does decolonization relate to our teaching? And where do we even start?
This fully online session will be roughly separated into two parts. The first half will explore related concepts and definitions, and Mapping Decolonization in Higher Education Cartography: what are some ways to think about the process of decolonization? 
In the final hour, we are excited to have Dr. Vanessa Andreotti (she/hers) join us to facilitate a discussion on the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of engaging with decolonial perspectives in higher education. Dr. Andreotti is a full professor at the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and is the interim director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2019. Dr. Andreotti has recently accepted the appointment to serve as Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria and will share elements of her recent presentation for the position of Dean. 
By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the landscape of decolonization and possibilities for integrating perspectives into teaching spaces. We hope to see you there and actively engaged! Contact the Learning Centre for more information: lfs.lc@ubc.ca 
Suggested resources for preparing for the session:
Amelie and Alysha 
LFS TA Training Program Coordinators


TA’s wanted for Food Science Industry Project Course


FNH 425 Food Science Laboratory III is a two term course (Sept – April) where students work in groups of 3-4 to develop and execute a research plan to solve a specific objective set out by a food industry partner. Students develop hypotheses, perform a literature review, devise an experimental plan, and then execute experiments followed by data analyses.

Each project is assigned a food science faculty member and graduate student who will help the students navigate the project’s progress and deliverables. The course instructor as well as two laboratory technicians will also provide assistance throughout the course.

Unlike other TA positions, TAs will interact with a small group of students over the course of two terms, providing a unique opportunity for student mentorship. TA’s will help guide students in scientific writing, presenting, experimental design, and executing research. It has been shown that when students teach other students, they not only enhance their own knowledge in the process, but demonstrate improved communication skills, increased confidence, and improved leadership ability. These enhanced qualities will benefit you as you continue your graduate studies. Student mentorship is additionally a very rewarding experience.


30 h (or more if needed) will be assigned to TAs for the following responsibilities:

  • Grading 1 group proposal report and 1 group final results report
  • Attending and 2 x 3 h presentation days and grading all groups
  • Providing students access to FNH laboratories when needed
  • Attending periodic student project meetings with the faculty supervisor and industry partner so that you are aware of the project’s progress and activities

If you are interested in this unique TAship opportunity, please contact the course instructor, Patricia Hingston at patricia.hingston@ubc.ca

Patricia Hingston, PhD
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Food Science | Food, Nutrition and Health Program | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Room 223 – MacMillan Building – 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Office: (604) 827-1604 | Cell: (604) 363-2110


Student Assistantship for Land One program


Student Assistantship for Land One program (please distribute to Forestry and LFS networks)

(Approved for distribution in LFS by Dr. Chris Scaman.)

This is the advertisement for the approved studentship to help develop teaching materials in support of the Land One program. I was hoping you could send this to the appropriate person so that we could get this as widely advertised as possible to students in both Forestry and LFS.
Best wishes,

GAA / UAA Forestry, Land & Food, and Environment Applications in Calculus (50 hrs)

Interested in the connections between math and real-world applications? We are hiring an academic assistant (graduate or undergraduate) to help develop applied calculus problems that focus on natural resources for first-year students. You will work under the guidance of Dr. Fok-Shuen Leung to create pedagogical materials on applied calculus with relevance to Forestry and Land & Food Systems (ex. forest management, land management, conservation, food systems, nutrition, animal husbandry, food and resource economics etc).

Applicants should have a good understanding of calculus and natural resource issues important to the Faculties of Forestry and Land & Food Systems. The appointment (either as a GAA or UAA) is 50 hrs (timing is flexible and work can be done remotely). To apply, please send a brief cover letter outlining your knowledge in calculus and interest in researching and developing pedagogical materials plus a brief resume. Applications should be sent to Dr. Athena McKown (athena.mckown@ubc.ca). Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview via phone or video call.

Application deadline: June 12th

Start date: June 20th (ending no later than Aug 31st)

Questions? Please contact Dr. Athena McKown (athena.mckown@ubc.ca)


June Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) – Back to in-person!


Hello LFS TAs!

The Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) has happily announced that the June Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) will be happening in person. The dates are as follows:

Monday June 13th

Wednesday June 15th

Friday June 17th

This training event typically has a wait list. If you are interested in attending and furthering your skills as an effective knowledge facilitator please let myself or Amelie know. More information about the ISW can be found by clicking this link. These are a great addition to your resumes or CVs.


Amelie and Alysha

LFS TA Training Coordinators

Registration open: Graduate Students in Teaching (GSiT) Conference 2022 – May 10 & 11

Just wanted to let you know about this exciting event – the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) will be hosting the annual Graduate Students in Teaching (GSiT) Conference virtually on May 10 & 11, 2022. This virtual conference is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss and explore their present and future roles in teaching and is free for UBC students. The registration for the Conference is now open and graduate studentsTAs and postdocs can register for the conference here.
Amelie and Alysha
LFS TA Training Coordinators

TA Needs Assessment (Chance to Win a Coffee Card!)


Hello LFS TAs,

Hope you all had a great 2021-22 winter session! We would like to invite past, current and future TAs to share with us your experience and/or expectations of being a TA, and your needs to function as a TA. It will greatly help us evaluate the effectiveness of the current program and identify potential approaches to improve the program in the future.

Please click the hyperlink below to enter the survey:
TA Needs Assessment Survey

This survey takes about 10-15 min to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter a prize draw for one of three $5 coffee cards. Please note that this survey is meant to be anonymous, we ask for your email address only for contacting you in case you win the prize, but it won’t be used to identify your responses.

To enter the prize draw, please submit the survey by Fri, May 6, 2022. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me or Alysha.

Best regards,
Amelie Zhang (amelie.huiying.zhang@ubc.ca)
Alysha Deslippe (alyshade@student.ubc.ca)
LFS TA Training Coordinators


Winter TA Opportunity – 2022 W2 FNH 490 002 – Food Safety and Quality Management


2022/23 Winter TA Opportunity

I am looking for a TA for 2022 W2 FNH 490 002 Food Safety and Quality Management for the winter term of 2023 (January to April). This is a problem-based learning course that examines the techniques, including continuous improvement methods, needed to implement a food safety and quality system in a food manufacturing facility. Sanitation is an area of focus because of its link to significant food borne outbreaks.

Please apply to the LFS TA Application System by April 30th at 4:30pm, or email me, Rebecca Robertson, at rebecca.robertson@ubc.ca if you are interested in this TA position.

REMINDER: LFS TA Application closes April 30th, 2022 at 4:30pm


To TA Candidates and interested others:

Now is the time to apply or encourage your students to apply for Winter TAships.

The LFS TA Application soon closes to applications for Winter 2022/23 TA positions for all Winter terms.

  • The TA App will be open until Sat., April 30th, 2022 at 4:30pm.

After it closes April 30th at 4:30pm, application is by instructor or administrator invitation only.

If you are off-campus you must use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access the website.
Check the UBC IT website for help at: https://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/myvpn

Questions? Email Virginia Frankian at lfs.ta@ubc.ca


Instructional Skills Workshop for Undergraduate TAs only – May to June Session


Hello LFS TAs,

If you are an undergraduate TA the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is interested in your participation and feedback on an ‘undergraduate only’ Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). Typically the ISW is targeted towards graduate TAs. This is an excellent opportunity to participant in an ISW and help shape how CTLT structures future ISWs!

There is an online ISW for this purpose next month with sessions on May 24, 28, 29 and June 4. If these dates do not work for you but you are still interested in this opportunity please reach out to myself or Amelie and we will keep you in the loop on future undergraduate only ISW as they transition back to in-person. 


Amelie and Alysha
LFS TA Training Co-ordinators