DEADLINE=Oct 2 Call for Nominations: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


2024-2025 Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Deadline to submit a complete application to LFS G&PS is 4:00 PM, Monday, October 2, 2023 – no exceptions.

The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. The number of awards offered presently varies between three and five per year.

Value: Annual stipend of $50,000 for a maximum of two years plus a travel and research allowance of $4,000 over two years.

The application and nomination process is briefly summarized below.  Refer to the Application Guide and Nomination Guide posted on our Killam webpage for complete details.

UBC Vancouver (UBC-V)

    • Each UBC Vancouver department or unit sets its own internal application deadline for receipt of applications (typically early to mid-October) – LFS deadline is 4:00 PM, Monday, October 2, 2023
    • Each department or unit at the Vancouver campus may forward one nominee to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by November 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT. Rather than using UBC SharePoint, a Qualtrics survey link is provided in the nomination form and nomination guide for nomination submissionLFS may submit one nomination per nominating unit:  APBI, FRE, FDNH
    • UBC-V
    • Send complete application to:

For complete application and nomination details, as well as detailed eligibility requirements, please visit:

2019-2020 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position


Attn: Graduate Students, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Re: 2019-2021 LFS TA Training Coordinator Position

Are you looking for work experience that builds your network and enhances your professional abilities in training and supporting your colleagues? We are recruiting one graduate student to fill the position of LFS TA Training Coordinator for the 2019-2021 LFS TA Training Program period (July 2019 to May 2021) under the supervision of an Advisory Committee. Working with another coordinator, TAs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the Centre for Teaching Learning Technology, the successful applicant will have a strong interest and passion for education and empowering TAs to be successful in their work, learning, and teaching practice.

Currently, we offer LFS TAs a faculty-wide development program, which includes:

· A Teaching Assistant Handbook
· TA Orientations (September & January)
· Workshops in:

o Problem-based Learning
o Instructional Skills
o Marking & Assessment
o Facilitation Skills

· Technology Seminars
· Early Alert Training
· Monthly TA Community of Practice Coffee Hours
· Access to Faculty-based Support for TAs
· Preferential access to the Instructional Skills Workshop

Our program objectives are: 1) to have TAs be better prepared and supported in their TA roles, 2) to allow TAs to gain valuable professional skills (applicable beyond TA-ships), 3) to receive feedback from instructors and TAs on the skills they would like TAs to gain and 4) to establish a culture of Teaching Assistantships, where TAs and faculty are actively involved in a community of teaching and learning in LFS

This position pays $30.32/hour for an approximately 110-hour contract. There is some flexibility when the hours are worked, but generally they will be as follows:

Month(s) Coordination Hours

July/August    20
September     10
Oct/Nov/Dec    30
January     10
Feb/March/April/May     40

Coordinator Job Responsibilities

· Preparation of the TA Training Grant application for UBC
· Develop the 2019-2020 TA Training Program (based on previous years records)
· Develop the 2019-2020 TA Training Program budget (based on previous years records)
· Update the 2019-2020 TA Handbook
· Coordinate and facilitate Term 1 and Term 2 TA Orientations
· Coordinate and facilitate monthly Community of Practice meetings
– Coordinate workshops in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching Learning Technologies (e.g., Problem Based Learning, Marking and Assessment, Conflict Management, Instructional Skills Workshop)
· Keep accurate accounting records of spending
· Monitor and record success of each TA Training Program activity with recommendations for improvement
· Develop annual progress reports
· Prepare project reports for the Granting agency
· Maintain records in open source (Google Drive) folders
· Promote high standard of teaching and learning in the faculty to students, TAs, instructors, faculty, staff and administration
· Develop a succession plan for future years (particularly relevant for masters students)
· Facilitate meetings with Faculty Advisory Committee (approximately 3 times/year)


· Graduate student (Masters or PhD) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for 2019-2021 academic year
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Highly effective organizer and developed coordination skills
· Trained facilitator
· Proficient public speaker
· Strong interest in how we learn and teach
· Knowledge of campus-wide resources available to TAs for their teaching practice
· TA experience (preferably in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems)
· Self-driven and able to work on your own


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Christine Scaman, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems by June 1, 2019. Applications should be sent by email to with the subject line: (TA Training Coordinator Position Application – [First Name, Last Name]. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Position start date is July 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about the position, please direct them to the current TA Training Program Coordinators, Colin Dring ( or Jun Obayashi (

LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2018-2019


Katie Koralesky, winner of the 2018-2019 LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award!

Congratulations to Katie Koralesky, PhD student in Applied Animal Biology.

After reviewing the submissions the award committee had the difficult decision of choosing a single best candidate for the award.   After individual ranking followed by deliberation the committee decided that Katie Koralesky is the recipient of the 2018-2019 LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Katherine Koralesky is a Ph.D. candidate in the Animal Welfare program. Her broad range of experiences as a Teaching Assistant and her devotion and commitment to teaching made her an ideal candidate for the award.

The winner of the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award receives a certificate and $1,000.00.


TA Awards and Recognition





Nominations including application packages are now being accepted until 4:00 PM, Friday March 8, 2019 for the 2018-2019 LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.


Please refer to the TA Portal for further details.

Term 2 TA Position Available – POSITION ASSIGNED


Course:  FNH 405 001
Available TA hours:  105
Course Instructor:  Karen Fong

Here is the current Job Description –


This TA position will help the instructor prepare and mark assignments based on peer-reviewed articles about molecular detection of microbes in Fermented Foods.  The TA will also help mark student presentations, the midterm and the final exam.  There will also be an opportunity to help the instructor with lecture material.

If you are interested in this position, please contact the course instructor directly:


PD Opportunities for Grad Students & TA’s


The CTLT is hosting a ton of free professional development opportunities for graduate students, teaching assistants and postdocs that you might be interested in!  Read on……

Foundations of Pedagogy 1
January 8, 2019

2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Koerner Library, Room 216

Introduction to evidence-based undergraduate teaching for graduate students and postdocs. Upon completion, you will be awarded CIRTL Associate status. More info

Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute – January 15-18, 2019
TA’ing a Community Engaged Learning Course
January 15, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This session will introduce community engaged learning as a growing teaching strategy at UBC. More info

Improving Your Time Management (in TAing)
January 15, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Do you have trouble balancing your graduate studies and TA responsibilities? Do you stay up all night marking or preparing for class? This workshop is for you. More info

Canvas as an Experiential Learning Space
January 15, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This session will focus on the different Canvas tools and how you can use them to effectively engage your students. More info

Leading Discussions
January 16, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Explore strategies for the effective design and facilitation of discussion activities, using varying discussion structuring techniques. More info

Learning Analytics
January 16, 2019

12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Location TBC

Learn new analytics tools and engage in discussions about what features and feedback could make learning analytics even more useful for teaching and learning. More info

Making Space: Supporting Inclusive Classrooms

January 16, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Location TBC

Create strategies to quickly identify and mitigate potential obstacles to learning while supporting the positive benefits of diversity. More info

Self-Advocacy and Negotiation Strategies for TAs

January 17, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

TAs will learn effective self-advocacy strategies that will support their overall wellbeing. More info

Faculty-TA Relationship

January 17, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

In this session explore strategies to set expectations regarding TAing and address any problems that may arise throughout the term with faculty members. More info

Designing High-Impact Learning Experiences

January 17, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Learn how the learning cycle describes the construction and transfer of knowledge, and how you can make use of this process when teaching others to help deepen and reinforce learning. More info

How Your TAship Can Help Your Career

January 18, 2019
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This interactive session will help participants reflect on and articulate the skills gained from being a teaching assistant. More info

Presentation and Guest Lecturing Skills

January 18, 2019
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Your supervisor is out of town and has asked you to guest lecture for them next term. Oh no! The TA Institute is here to help. More info


Thank you,

Sukhi Ghuman
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Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
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Acting Manager, Graduate Programs


68% of the 2018 Winter Session TA assignments have been finalized!!  Instructors have until July 13 to select their TA’s.  The last of the offers should be going out by the end of July.

I will be away until Fall.  In my place, Dan Naidu will be working on TA appointments.  He can be reached at

Have a GREAT summer!


Don’t delay!!!


2018 Winter Session TA offers have been going out all week and will continue to do so until mid-late July.  In order to avoid delays, please accept or decline your offers as soon as possible in order for us to be able to process your appointments in a timely manner.  Thank you!!