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)