LFS TAs Community of Practice: October 30th – 11:00 AM – RSVP


Greetings all,

I hope your semester is progressing well. Thank you to those who attended the Marking and Assessment workshop. This is an invitation to another important activity.

LFS TAs Community of Practice

Having a space to share insights or troubleshoot issues is an important part of your professional development. Our Community of Practice space is an informal get together of TAs once a month over coffee. For the month of October, we will have an open-topic gathering to hear about your experiences and feedback. Below are the details:

DATE: Wednesday 30th | 11-12:00 PM


RSVP at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ePsdYwC5mucEsDP

Looking forward to seeing you.

Best Regards

Lennie and Tebby

Advance Notice: Term 2 TAs – October 31st, 2019 – last day to withdraw from TAship


Hello Everyone,
especially Term 2 TAs –

Now that Winter Session is well underway, you probably have a pretty good feel for how your course load and activities are balancing out.

Sometimes a student will realize a change has to be made: he/she has taken on too much, or something comes up, and s/he decides to withdraw from his/her Term 2 TA-ship.

For those of you who accepted offers for a Term 2 TA-ship and are considering a change like this,

          • your deadline is October 31st, 2019.

Please first inform your instructor, then contact me at: lfs.ta@ubc.ca.

This deadline for foreseeable changes allows time for your instructor to find another TA, and to process your changes, before the term ends, everyone scatters, and the holidays are upon us.

Thank you for your cooperation!
Questions? Let me know.


Virginia Frankian
Academic Coordinator
UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems
FNH Building, Room 230
2205 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822-0434
For all TA-related correspondence, please use lfs.ta@ubc.ca

Last Day to Register: Marking, Feedback & Early Alert Training for LFS TAs


Hello LFS TAs,

This is a friendly reminder that registration closes tonight for the Midterm season workshops.

These workshops are offered to help LFS TAs:

  • follow rubrics consistently
  • deliver effective feedback
  • take appropriate action should they be concerned about a student in class

Midterm Season Workshops – Mon, Oct 7 at FNH 300
10 AM – 12 PM | Marking and Feedback (facilitated by CTLT)
12 PM – 1 PM | Early Alert Training (facilitated by UBC Student Support Services)

For catering purposes, please register at: http://bit.ly/LFS_MT

Tebby Leepile
Lennie Cheung

LFS TA Needs Assessment – Results and Prize Draw Winner; Midterm Season Workshops Date; Community of Practice continues


Happy Friday, LFS TAs!

LFS TA Needs Assessment – Results and Prize Draw Winner

Thank you to all those who completed the LFS TA Needs Assessment Survey. The training areas you expressed the most interest in are:

– Offering Constructive Feedback
– Technology in the Classroom
– Developing a Teaching Portfolio
– Facilitating Discussions
– Marking and Assessment

We have already started to take your preferences into account (as you will see below!), and will try our best to coordinate these sessions for this academic year. Please also join us in congratulating Anna R. on winning the LFS TA Needs Assessments draw for an LFS umbrella!

Midterm Season Workshops – Mon, Oct 7

Midterm season is quickly approaching and can be a stressful time for students and teachers alike.
To help LFS TAs prepare for this time, and in light of your feedback from the Needs Assessment, the LFS TA Training Program is pleased to coordinate the following workshops on Monday, October 7 in Room 300 of the Food, Nutrition and Health Building:

  • Marking and Feedback (10 AM – 12 PM)
  • Early Alert Training (12 – 1 PM)

For catering purposes, please register by Oct 1 at: http://bit.ly/LFS_MT
(you may choose to register for one or both workshops)

Marking and Feedback

This workshop will discuss how to use grading rubrics effectively to mark consistently and develop strategies for providing constructive feedback.

Facilitated by representatives from UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Early Alert Training

UBC strives to build a caring community, in which we all reach out and offer support when we notice signs of difficulty in others. Early Alert helps facilitate this by helping staff, faculty and TA’s better support students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. This training is an introduction to the Early Alert program, and includes information about how to submit an Early Alert and how to access resources that will be useful when you are concerned about a student.

Facilitated by Brian Barth (Manager, UBC Student Support Services)

Community of Practice

We are excited to continue the Community of Practice for LFS TAs this year – please stay tuned for more details on these opportunities to meet your fellow TAs and discuss teaching challenges and strategies!

Best wishes from your TA Coordinators,

Tebby Leepile

Lennie Cheung

Just Scheduled: Problem-Based Learning Workshop – and TA Needs Assessment


Hello LFS TAs,

Thank you to those who attended the LFS TA Orientation. The 2019-2020 TA Handbook is now posted on the TA Portal.
Just Scheduled: Problem-Based Learning Workshop 
PBL is an active learning method that prompts students to analyze problems and determine what they need to find solutions. This technique is commonly used in medical education, and gaining popularity in other disciplines. This workshop is designed to not only help TAs succeed in PBL courses, but also to enhance teaching skills in learner-centered environments.
PBL Workshop for LFS TAs
Fri, Sep 6 | 9 AM – 12 PM
FNH 300
TA Needs Assessment 
What teaching skills would you like to develop this year? Facilitating discussions? Technology in the classroom? Preparing a teaching portfolio?
Tell us anonymously at: http://bit.ly/LFSTA_Needs
Upon submission, you can choose to enter the prize draw for LFS swag.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Reminder to register for LFS TA Orientation and Provide Feedback


Hello LFS TAs,

Registration closes soon for LFS TA Orientation
If you intend to attend the Orientation next week but have not registered yet, please do so by Sun, Aug 25th at: 


This will help us submit an accurate catering order.


LFS TA Orientation
Wed, Aug 28 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Agora Cafe
(Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration; Welcome Remarks begin at 9 AM)


LFS TA Needs Assessment

New and returning LFS TAs will assist in interdisciplinary courses with diverse pedagogical approaches. Let your TA Training Program know what resources and topics are most relevant and useful to you by completing the survey below:



Have a great weekend,

Lennie Cheung
TA Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Assisting new international TA/RAs with obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN)


We wanted to highlight our SIN Clinic starting August 27 – International Advising Office in collaboration with Service Canada are offering exclusive on-campus appointments for new UBC students to obtain their SIN.

Students are welcome to sign up for an appointment here.

Sign up for your SIN clinic appointment

Does your TA position begin soon or do you want to work in Canada? Before you can start working you need to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. You will also need to provide your SIN to UBC for tax purposes.

Service Canada will come to the UBC Life Building to issue SINs exclusively for UBC students starting August 27. This saves you a one hour commute to the nearest Service Canada office.

Spaces are limited, register online today!

Please let our office know if you have any questions, and many thanks for supporting incoming international graduate students!


Emilie Omi, RISIA
International Student Advisor
International Student Development | Student Development and Services
The University of British Columbia |1200 UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Boulevard | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z1
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory
E: emilie.omi@ubc.ca  | P: 604-822-1810
Subscribe to the I. House Community Update 


Applying for an immigration document soon and want it reviewed before applying?
Join the next Application Review. Get your questions answered, avoid common application mistakes, and leave the session ready to click on ‘submit’.
>> Enroll in the  Application Review Registration course through Canvas. <<


Kind regards,

Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, The University of British Columbia
344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400
Lia.maria@ubc.ca / lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca www.landfood.ubc.ca


LFS TA Orientation, Needs Assessment, and Upcoming Events




The LFS TA Training Program invites all new and returning LFS TAs to attend Orientation. With speakers from the Learning Centre, your local union, and CTLT, you will learn more about:

  • TA Program Overview – Resources and Responsibilities
  • Confidentiality for TAs and The Learning Centre
  • Instructor Expectations
  • CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement
  • Canvas Essentials (Lunch n’ Learn)

For catering purposes, please register by Aug 25 at: bit.ly/LFSTA_Orientation


Dear LFS TAs,

The 2019-20 academic year is right around the corner, and the TA Training Program would like to highlight a few upcoming events and opportunities to help start your year of teaching.

LFS TA Orientation | Wed, Aug 28 (9 AM – 1 PM)

Join us at the LFS TA Orientation to get an overview of your responsibilities and rights, understand instructor expectations, gain technical skills, and meet your fellow TAs. Please see the attached poster for more details and register by Aug 25th at: http://bit.ly/LFSTA_Orientation

Need more reasons to participate? See attached for what Dean Yada has to say about TA Training and the Orientation!


LFS TA Needs Assessment

Voice your needs and opinions by completing the anonymous LFS TA Needs Assessment Survey at:
Your feedback will help us shape future TA Training Programs!


Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Want to attend CTLT’s highly sought-after ISW and not get waitlisted? We have seats reserved just for LFS TAs! Successful completion of the ISW will be noted in your transcript and is recognized by various institutions. E-mail Lennie (Lennie.Cheung@ubc.ca) if you are interested in attending an ISW this year.


August – September CTLT Workshops for TAs

Workshop Facilitation | Mon, Aug 26 (9 AM – 5 PM)
Working Effectively Together: TA-Instructor Working Relationships – Saving Everyone’s Time | Tue, Aug 27 (1 – 3:30 PM)
Mentoring | Tue, Sep 17 (9:30 AM – 3:30 PM)


Lennie Cheung
TA Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

TAship Opportunities: FRE 474 001 Term 1 – Economics of Global Resource Use and Conservation – July 5th deadline


TAship Opportunities: FRE 474 001 Term 1 – Economics of Global Resource Use and Conservation

1 to 2 TAs needed to TA for FRE 474 001 Term 1 – Economics of Global Resource Use and Conservation – 2019/2020.

FRE 474 Course Description:
The economic drivers of environmental degradation, the causal impact of environmental policies on conservation outcomes, application of empirical methods to problems in environmental economics.

Applicants must be UBC graduate students, with the following skills:
Proficiency in R and intermediate level econometrics. Ability to correspond effectively with the instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about marking responsibilities. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.


Section Needing TA(s):FRE 474 – Term 1 – MWF 11-12 (97.0 – TA hours available)

Compensation is GTA 1 = $32.53/hour for Doctoral students; GTA 2 = $31.30/hour for Masters students.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Frederik Noack
Assistant Professor, Food Resource Economics
Rm 331 – 2357 Main Mall, H. R. MacMillan Bldg.
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Ph: 604 822-2619
Email: frederik.noack@ubc.ca



TAship Opportunities: LFS 150 – Scholarly Writing and Argumentation – Friday, June 21st deadline


TAship Opportunities: LFS 150 – Scholarly Writing and Argumentation

Email duffy.roberts@ubc.ca by Friday, June 21st expressing interest, availability, and detailing qualifications.

5-6 TAs needed to TA for LFS 150 Scholarly Writing and Argumentation Courses in Term 1 and 2 – 2019/2020. 


LFS 150 Course Description

Communicating concepts of food systems and forestry and links to human and environmental health through writing, elements of argumentation, evaluating evidence, and searching for and citing references to back up claims; small-class experience.

Applicants must be UBC graduate students, with excellent skills in critical reading and scholarly writing in English, as well as excellent communication and leadership skills.

TAs will be provided desk-copies of course material.


  • Attend and play an active role in each class as described below.
  • Assist faculty instructors with several aspects of the course including:  tracking homework and in-class participation on a spreadsheet, preparing some class materials, facilitating classroom activities and meeting with students during office hours.
  • Assist students in their online Calibrated Peer Review work and other flexible learning that replaces face-to-face class time once every two weeks.
  • Though instructors will mark major writing assignments, TAs give students feedback on homework assignments and some in-class written reflections and assist instructors for a second look at selected writing assignments.
  • Lead some portions of classes, and on occasion teach a class, using lesson plans and other guides and materials.
  • Track and respond to queries by students via Connect and email, with input by instructor and course coordinator as needed
  • Assist in adjudicating and marking the final exam (following detailed instructions and an answer key.)
  • Attend and take part in a 1.5 hour instructional support meeting once every two weeks at times and dates mutually agreed upon.
  • Conduct special projects during term and after classes are over, such as creating new course materials, updating Connect and other projects mutually agreed upon.
  • Perform other duties as required


Sections Needing TAs

LFS 150.001 – Term 1 – MWF 2-3 (80-hour TAship)

LFS 150.006 – Term 1 – Tu/Th 9:30-11:00 (80-hour TAship)

LFS 150.005 – Term 1 – Tu/Th 12:30-2:00 (80-hour TAship)

LFS 150.201 – Term 2 – MWF 1-2 (100-hour TAship)

LFS 150.004 – Term 2 – Tu/Th 11-12:30 (80-hour TAship)

Compensation is GTA 1 = $32.53/hour for Doctoral students; GTA 2 = $31.30/hour for Masters students.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Email duffy.roberts@ubc.ca by Friday, June 21st expressing interest, availability, and detailing qualifications.

Duffy Roberts

Sessional Lecturer (Continuing)
Department of English Language and Literatures
University of British Columbia | Musqueam Territory
Office:  BuTo 211
Phone: 604-822-3949
email:  duffy.roberts@ubc.ca