Re: CUPE 2278 GWI/Retro Overpayments


To: 2023 Winter Term 1 TAs

From: the LFS Human Resources Office

CUPE 2278 GWI/Retro Overpayments

It has been brought to our attention that there was an overpayment issue on the September 15th pay deposit.

Additional details from payroll are coming, but at this point, you need to be aware that there is an overpayment issue.

Should you have any questions, please wait to receive the payroll communication first as it may already provide you with the answers to your questions.

TA Coordinator Positions – application closes Sept 30, or until filled


Hi Folks

Please see attached the attached job posting for 2023-24 TA coordinator position. To note: we are looking for 2 individuals. Closing date Sep 30 or until filled.

Thanks everyone

Sandra Brown (she, her)
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Applied Biology
Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia – Vancouver campus
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territories

LFS TA Training Program updates


Hello LFS TAs!

So nice to see many new and returning faces at the LFS TA Orientation a couple weeks ago. If you were unable to attend, you can find a summary of some key LFS TA resources talked about on the LFS TA portal page here (e.g., when and how to contact CUPE, the LFS Learning Centre, the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology and your LFS TA coordinators): 

If you would like to provide some feedback on the type of events that you think would be helpful to your role as a TA in LFS in this upcoming year please use the survey link here to let us know what you think: 

This plays a critical role in shaping what the TA Training Program offers for you as a TA in LFS.

A final note that the LFS TA Training Program is looking for new TA Co-ordinators in November as myself and Jordy’s term is ending. If this role is of interest to you please see the attached document with some additional information about the role and how to apply.

Any other TA related questions please reach out to myself or Jordy (


Alysha Deslippe, PhD(c)
Doctoral Student, LFS TA Training Program Coordinator
Nutrition and Eating Behaviour (NEB) Lab | Healthy Starts
University of British Columbia | BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute |

LFS 250 TAships 2023-24


LFS 250 TAships 2023-24

We have 3 on-line TAships available in our second-year course, Land, Food and Community I (LFS 250). The course is an introduction to food systems literacy with an emphasis on developing systems thinking approaches, interdisciplinary collaboration skills, and equity competencies. We explore issues related to sustainability, food security, food sovereignty, and food environment analysis. Students develop skill sets related to systems diagrams, team work, and verbal, written and design-based communication. TAs are responsible for running their own tutorial sessions with support from the three course instructors (Delisa Lewis, Matt Mitchell and Will Valley), including tutorial templates, weekly teaching team meetings, and a course-specific TA handbook.

If any graduate students are looking for more independent, on-line teaching experience and keen to guide 2nd-year students through food systems issues, please contact us and/or go to our
LFS TA Application to apply – (must be either on campus (UBC Secure) or logged in through UBC VPN for the website to work).

Here are a few more details about the course:

Course code – LFS 250 002
Delivery – On-line
September 2023 to April 2024
210 hours

Weekly Schedule
– On-line Lecture – Tuesdays, 1pm-1:50pm
– Lab time – Tuesdays, 2pm-3:30pm (this is scheduled for students to complete group work, but does not have a weekly scheduled component for TAs. TAs hold office hours or use the time to catch up on grading and/or prep for their tutorial)
– Tutorials – Thursdays,12:30-1:50pm
– Weekly Teaching Team Meeting – no time has been set, we meet weekly as a teaching team for one hour, preferably on Mondays.

– Facilitating weekly tutorial sessions, attending on-line lectures and weekly teaching team meetings, grading assignments and providing students with verbal and written feedback, and maintaining communication with students outside of course time as needed.


Will Valley, PhD
Associate Professor of Teaching, Applied Biology
Academic Director, Land, Food, & Community Series
Associate Dean, EDI
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia, Musqueam Territory
210 – 2205 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Contact info for instructors:

  • Will Valley –
  • Matthew Mitchell –
  • Delisa Lewis –