Spring Institute TA Trainings


Hello LFS TAs!

We wanted to let you know about some upcoming workshops that can be applied to your LFS Advance TA Skills Certificate. Haven’t heard of the Certificate? Scroll to the end of the email for a brief description or see the full requirements in the LFS TA Portal: https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/resources/#training

The CTLT Spring Institute (June 3 – 6) has a number of workshops that are relevant to the Certificate. Some examples:

Teaching Fundamentals:

Adopting a Wholistic Approach to Teaching and Learning in Laboratory Courses

Data Informed Teaching Practices with Learning Analytics

Designing Safer, More Effective Teamwork Activities in the Classroom

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

Cultivating the Wellbeing of Students and Teachers Through Simple but Effective Wellbeing Pedagogies and Practices

Reducing Ableism One PowerPoint at a Time

Sharing Back Our Knowledge: Development of the Indigenous Learning Pathways Training Program

A Tabletop Role-Playing Game for Building Interpersonal Skills: Demonstration and Feedback

Learning Activity Development Through an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lens

Is there a workshop you’re interested applying toward the Certificate in that isn’t on this list? Email us (Lexis lexis.ly@ubc.ca and Steven sbristow@student.ubc.ca) and we’ll let you know which category it falls under!


In order to receive the LFS Advanced TA Skills Certificate,  you must:

Be a (graduate/undergraduate) student in LFS.

Complete at least 5 professional development trainings (workshops, etc.) offered by the LFS TA Training Program or CTLT. The five trainings must fall under the following categories:

– Teaching Fundamentals (3 trainings)

– Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (1 training)

– Teaching Theory and Pedagogy (1 training)

Three out of the five trainings must be completed within the LFS TA Training Program. At least one of which must have occurred after the approval of the Certificate Program (i.e., later than September 1st, 2023).

Applications for the Certificate will be open at the end of each term (November and April) For more information about applying, see the LFS TA Portal: https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/resources/#training


Questions? Let us know!

LFS TA Coordinators

Lexis (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) and Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)


TA POSITION FOR FNH 302 001 Food Analysis – W1 Sep-Dec 2024 – NEEDED


2024 W1 FNH 302 001 – September to December 2024

Email contact information –tianxi.yang@ubc.ca

Course overview:
This course will introduce principles and procedures for analyzing the chemical and physical properties of food, proximate analysis, an introduction to instrumental analysis, and data reporting and analysis.

Work performed as a TA: The TA will be responsible for the tutorial section of this course. Tutorial questions and answers will be provided. The TA will participate in discussions with the instructor to share information on facilitating marking schemes and questions/answers raised by students in assignments and tutorial discussions. The TA will help mark the quizzes, midterm and final exams. Marking schemes for the quiz and exam will be provided. The TA will assist in invigilating the final exams. 
Education and Knowledge Requirements: Preference will be given to students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in food science and, furthermore, to students who have taken a course in food analysis. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline or undergraduate students who have taken a course in food analysis may also be considered.
Experience: Preference will be given to students who can effectively correspond with the instructor, ask questions when uncertain about their marking responsibilities, and reliably check their work for accuracy (marking exams and entering data into spreadsheets). Experience with Canvas, especially using the grading tools and previous experience with FNH 302 will be considered valuable assets.
Skills: Preference will be given to students who have taken the LFS TA orientation and other workshops (e.g., marking and assessment), can use Excel/Canvas to enter marks and who have experience with FNH 302 and Canvas learning management system.


A few more details about the course:

Course code – 2024 W1 FNH 302 001
Delivery – In person.
September 2024 to December 2024
Weekly Schedule – Lecture (Tuesdays & Tuesdays, 9-11 am); Tutorial (Wednesday, 11 am -12 pm)

If interested, please apply through the LFS TA Application, email me above, and provide a recent CV.

Tianxi Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Food Science
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia
Email: tianxi.yang@ubc.ca
Website: Yang Lab at UBC

How’s it going, TAs?


Hello LFS TAs! Thanks to everyone who came out to pick up goodie bags– it was so nice to see you all.

For those who didn’t have a chance to make it out, we’d still love to hear more about how your term went! Please take a minute to fill out this survey. Your feedback helps us improve the LFS TA Training Program to best suit your needs.




Any questions? Email Lexis (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) and Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)

Thank you TAs!


Happy end-of-term, LFS TAs! We want to thank you for all your hard work over the year. Take a break from marking and come grab a goodie bag, courtesty of the LFS TA Training Program.

On Monday, April 22, your LFS TA Coordinators (Lexis and Steven) will have goodie bags for you! Come say hello and let us know how your term went. Find us at:

MCML Lobby: 2:00 – 3:00pm

FNH Lobby: 3:15 – 4:15pm

Let us know you that you want a goodie bag –> https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pmDITisDDwKOBU

See you then!

Your LFS TA Coordinators,

Lexis (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) and Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)

Graduate Students in Teaching Conference

Consider attending the UBC Graduate Students in Teaching Conference– Details below!
Lexis Ly (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) and Steven Bristow (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)
LFS TA Coordinators
The University of British Columbia (UBC), will be hosting its annual Graduate Students in Teaching Conference<https://gsit.sites.olt.ubc.ca/registration-and-2023-program/> virtually on May 7 & 8, 2024.
This conference is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss and explore their present and future roles in teaching. The registration for the Conference is now open and graduate students, TAs and postdocs can register for the conference here<https://gsit.sites.olt.ubc.ca/registration-and-2023-program/>.
On behalf of the GSiT 2024 Organizing Committee
Shaya Golparian Ph.D.
Educational Developer: TA Development Programs | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
2.16 – 1961 East Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 822 0831 | shaya.golparian@ubc.ca<mailto:shaya.golparian@ubc.ca>

Graduate ISW for LFS TAs!



We still have *two spots left* LFS graduate students to take the Instructional Skills Workshop this year. These spots are subsidized through the LFS Training Program.

If you’re interested in attending, please email your TA Coordinators (lexisly@mail.ubc.ca and sbristow@student.ubc.ca). Details about upcoming ISWs are below.


The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will be offering a Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) on May 25, June 1 & 2, 2024.

The Grad ISW is a 24-hour, fully participatory, and peer-based professional development workshop for graduate students that is beneficial to both new and experienced instructors.

Please note: You must attend all sessions and complete all independent work for the complete duration of the workshop, (i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop).

To apply for the waitlist for May 25, June 1 & 2, 2024 ISW click here: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/graduate-instructional-skills-workshop-may-25-june-1-2-2024-preliminary-application/

Application opens on April 12 at 9 am and closes on May 22  at 4:30 pm. By clicking this link, you are applying for the WAITLIST only and this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Graduate ISWs at UBC are in high demand. To create an equitable registration process all graduate students who apply for an ISW will first be enrolled on a waitlist, from which participants are randomly selected. If a participant has applied for more than one ISW waitlist, their name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list, giving them a higher chance of being selected for an ISW. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. For more information and a list of all upcoming sessions visit: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/gradisw

Workshop Eligibility:

Please read the application process and workshop eligibility prior to applying.

A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is eligible if they are:

a full-time or part-time registered graduate student at UBC during the academic term when the ISW is offered
a graduate student at UBC who has completed degree requirements but has not yet convocated
a joint degree graduate student who is enrolled at UBC and another institution
a graduate student at UBC pursuing non-degree studies
a visiting graduate student that is eligible to take courses

A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is not eligible if they are:

not a graduate student at UBC
a graduate student at UBC who has on-leave status
a visiting graduate student that is not eligible to take courses

Two spots left! Instructional Skills Workshop

Hello! The LFS TA Training Program has two spots left this year to sponsor an LFS graduate student to take the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) hosted by UBC CTLT.
The three-day ISWs are 24-hour professional development sessions designed for graduate students interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. It caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills.
Upcoming ISW sessions:
In-person: April 6, 13, 20
Online: April 9, 14, 21, 28
In-person: May 11, 12, 19
In-person: May 25, June 1, 2
If you are interested in attending an upcoming ISW, please email your LFS TA Coordinators with your preference for upcoming session dates. You must be able to attend all dates listed in the session.
Any questions? Let us know!
P.S. You can count the ISW toward your LFS Advanced TA Skills Certificate! The ISW can be considered your “Teaching Theory & Pedagogy” quota! For more info on the Certificate: https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/resources/#forms
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This Friday! Assessment and Feedback workshop


REMINDER! This Friday, the LFS TA Training Program is hosting a workshop to help improve your assessment and feedback. Come learn some strategies for success with your fellow TAs and enjoy lunch, on us!

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/gradingandfeedback

  • Strategies for TA Success: Grading & Feedback
  • Who: New TAs, experienced TAs, prospective TAs, and any other LFS students who are interested in improving their teaching!
  • When: Friday, March 8th @ 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Where: Michael Smith Laboratories Room 101

Did you know that you can count this workshop toward your LFS Advanced TA Skills Certificate? This workshop is considered a part of your “Teaching Fundamentals” quota. For more info on the Certificate: https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/resources/#forms

See you soon!

LFS TA Coordinators

Lexis (lexisly@mail.ubc.ca) and Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)


LFS TA Application opens 10:00am Mar 31st, 2024 – Apr 30th, 2024, 4:30pm.


Hello, Graduate Students,

Yes, it’s already time to think about the Winter terms of 2024/25 …
The LFS TA Application will open soon to accept applications to TA for all 2024/25 Winter terms.

NOTE: for returning TAs – updates in your Additional Information are required before you can view the courses. There are new fields to complete and update yearly going forward.

As mandated by the CUPE 2278-UBC agreement, the LFS TA Application will only be open for students to apply from:

  • 10:00am, Sunday, March 31st, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 4:30pm. 

    After closing April 30th at 4:30pm, application is limited exclusively to invitation by instructor or administrator.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: hxxps://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/myvpn.
    (Replace “hxxps:” with “https:” after pasting address into your browser.)

    Questions or issues with the LFS TA App? Email Virginia Frankian at lfs.ta@ubc.ca

    Best regards,

Virginia S Frankian
Academic Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Dean’s Office
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Traditional Ancestral Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Territory
Food, Nutrition and Health Building
230-2205 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 0434

For all TA-related correspondence, please use lfs.ta@ubc.ca.
Link: LFS TA Application