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



REGISTER! Grading & Feedback workshop


Grading and providing feedback can be a challenge for new and experienced TAs. Come learn some strategies for success with the LFS TA Training Program and enjoy lunch, on us!

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!

Questions? Contact your LFS TA Coordinators Lexis (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) or Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca)

See you there!

Summer Tuition Fee Deferrals for TAs and RAs


Attention: TA and RA students!

Subject: Summer Tuition fee Deferrals for Teaching and Research Assistants

Summer session Deferrals

The online deferral application will be open from March 1st to April 30th for Graduate students employed as Teaching or Research Assistants.  The deferral is intended for students that do not have funds available to pay their tuition fees by the due date and are relying on their stipend to make payment.  Students must submit a copy of their workday compensation screenshot.

Click profile at the top right corner, and click ‘compensation’. It will display the end date of their current appointment.

The link to the application can be found on the Student Services website under Other Payment Options:

Online application periods are:

  • Summer session:           March 1 – April 30
  • Winter Term 1: July 15 – August 31
  • Winter Term 2:              November 1 – December 31

Tuition and student fees will be deferred as follows:

  • Summer Term 1: due date June 30th
  • Winter Term 1: due date Nov 30th
  • Winter Term 2: due date March 31th

May Lee

Student Financial Management | Enrolment Services
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
40-1874 East Mall, Brock Hall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 822 6541





Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award – Open for Nomination


Calling all nominations for the Killam Teaching Assistant Award!

The Killam Teaching Assistant Award is awarded to an outstanding Teaching Assistant who has demonstrated ongoing dedication to and improvement in teaching. A Graduate TA in LFS will be selected.

To view the list of all criteria and to nominate a TA you would like to recognize (self-nomination is also accepted), please check out information here: https://lc.landfood.ubc.ca/teaching-resources/killam-gta-award/

The nomination deadline is February 9, and all supporting documents must be submitted by March 1, 2024.

Nominees needing support to prepare their teaching philosophy statement may contact Judy Chan at Judy.Chan@ubc.ca


(Distributed courtesy of your LFS TA Coordinators.)

Get your LFS Advance TA Skills Certificate of Completion!


Happy new year/term LFS TAs!

For those of you who haven’t heard, the LFS TA Training Program is offering a NEW Advance TA Skills Certificate of Completion to award your continued education in the field of teaching!

In order to receive an Advanced TA Skills Certificate of Completion, you must:

  1. Be a (graduate/undergraduate) student in LFS.

    2. Complete at least 5 professional development trainings (workshops, etc.) offered by the LFS TA Training Program or CTLT.

  • Trainings from other UBC Entities are accepted only with prior approval.
  • Non-UBC trainings are not accepted.

3. 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)

4. Three out of the five trainings must be completed within the LFS TA Training Program.

  • One of which must have occurred after the approval of the Certificate Program (i.e., later than September 1st, 2023).
  • For example, if you came to the Fall 2023 LFS TA Orientation, you would have completed the Equitable Marking (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Leading Discussions (Teaching Fundamentals) workshops that meet this criteria.

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.


Speaking  of trainings… UBC CTLT is offering their Winter TA Institute next week! Here’s some examples of how these sessions can count toward your Certificate:

Teaching Fundamentals (3 trainings required)

Lecturing and Presentation Skills (Wednesday, Jan 17, 12:30-2:30 In-person)

Leading Discussions: Tutorials, Labs, & Lectures (Thursday, Jan 18, 3:00-5:00 In-person)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (1 training required)

Social Class in our Classes: How can I Support Students as a TA (Monday, Jan 15, 10-12 – In person)

Accessibility-centred Design: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (Tuesday, Jan 16, 10-12 online)

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in TAing at UBC: A Workshop (Friday, Jan 19, 10-12 online)

Teaching Theory and Pedagogy (1 training required)

Using the Experiential Learning Cycle to Create Impactful Learning (Wednesday, Jan 1910-12 – In person)

Note that the we will be offering an LFS TA training this term that will fall under Teaching Fundamentals… Stay tuned for more details!

If you have any questions about the Certificate program, email your LFS TA Coordinators – Lexis (lexis.ly@ubc.ca) or Steven (sbristow@student.ubc.ca).

Have a great term!

Immediate short-term vacancy for a Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA)


Short term vacancy for a Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA)

Between now and January 8th, I have an opportunity for an FNH or other LFS Grad Student to work with me on some administrative tasks. I am currently corresponding with potential Community Partners, to work with students registered in course FNH 473, the Applied Public Health Nutrition course. I have made contact with a number of potential partners, and will need to compile the information they share about possible Community Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) projects during the Winter 2023 term (January to April 2024.)

The successful applicant would need to have skills in working with, and corresponding with community partners, as well as skills with spreadsheets, Qualtrics  software, and timely completion of tasks. They would be corresponding with representatives from established community partners to compile all of the information from each partner, about the CBEL being offered to FNH 473 Students.

There would be a maximum of 60 hours available, paid at $33.76 per hour. Interested applicants can submit their CV and a cover letter outlining how they can meet the recruitment criteria to gerryk@mail.ubc.ca .

Gerry Kasten  RD, MSc, FDC
Lecturer, Dietetics | Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
2205 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
| Cell 604 319 2460
gerry.kasten@ubc.ca | https://www.landfood.ubc.ca/gerry-kasten/

Happy end-of-term! *NEW* Advanced TA Skills Certificate


LFS TAs, we’re nearing the end of the term already! We hope you’ve all had a great semester.

FYI, the TA Coordinator team has turned over– thank you to Jordy and Alysha for all their work over the past few years!
Your new TA Coordinators, Lexis (she/her; lexisly@mail.ubc.ca) and Steven (he/him; sbristow@student.ubc.ca) are excited to take over.

We want to hear how your term went! Your feedback helps shape the workshops and resources we offer. Fill out this quick survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aibv6Aea4pcMe46

Speaking of workshops, we also want to let you know about our NEW Advanced TA Skills Certificate Program. Earn a certificate for furthering your skills in TAship and pedagogy!

In order to receive the certificate, you must:

  1. Be a part of the LFS Faculty

2. Attend 5 independent advanced TA skills training opportunities. Note that 3/5 workshops must be hosted by the LFS TA Training program. The 5 workshops must consist of the following content:

  • 3 workshops related to content in teaching fundamentals.
  • 1 workshop related to content in equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI).
  • 1 workshop related to teaching pedagogy.

More information about the certificate program can be found here in the LFS TA Info Portal under ‘Resources – TA Handbook, Forms, Training, and Helpful Sites – Training’.

Any questions? Feel free to email us!

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


Reminder: LFS TA DAY!


Reminder: LFS TA DAY!

Come celebrate the end of the term with your fellow TAs. Happening online and in-person (FNH 300) on Wednesday, Nov 22, from 11-12. 

  • Learn about the new *Advance TA Skills Certificate* program, where you can earn a certificate for professional development in teaching!
  • Meet other TAs and let us know how your term went!
  • Enjoy some snacks (in-person)!

RSVP by Nov 20: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0x4X4NP09a7FeVE

See you there!

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

LFS TA Coordinators




APBI 415 January to April 2024

Email contact information –janestojkov@yahoo.com

Course overview:

This course will introduce students to animal behavior, application of principles and research methods of animal behavior, practical problems in the care of farm, companion, wild, and research animals; and in animal training and human-wildlife conflict.

Work Performed:

Use detailed marking guides to mark class assignments, projects and final presentations. Submit the verified marks to the instructor. Be available for occasional office hours at particular times prior to assignments/projects being due and be able to correspond by email when needed. Meet with students after assignments have been returned to refer unresolved queries about grading to the instructor. Assist with posting lectures and assignments to canvas and other communications. Attend some of the lectures to assist instructor with activities during the lecture.

Minimum qualifications and skills

Education and knowledge requirements: Preference may be given to graduate students in Applied Animal Biology and/or candidates with good understanding of animal behavior and/or research methodology. Certificates in any continued education in counselling methods/skills will be considered as an asset.

Skills: Ability to correspond effectively with the instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about grading responsibilities. Very good organizational skills. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail (marking assignments, entering data into spreadsheets). Ability to communicate effectively with the students with their questions. Ability to navigate Canvas and Zoom very well to assist with tasks associated.

Few more details about the course:

Course code – APBI 415 001
Delivery – In person, Location: Neville Scarfe building, Room#200
January 2024 to April 2024
Weekly Schedule – Tuesdays & Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm

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

Jane (Yanne) Stojkov, DVM, PhD (He/Him)
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Land and Food SystemsUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada

LFS TA DAY – Nov 22!


Hello LFS TAs!

Come celebrate the end of the term with your fellow TAs at LFS TA DAY! Happening online and in-person (FNH 300) on Wednesday, Nov 22, from 11-12. 

  • Learn about the new Advance TA Skills Certificate program, where you can earn a certificate for professional development in teaching!
  • Meet other TAs and let us know how your term went!
  • Enjoy some snacks (in-person)!

RSVP by Nov 20: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0x4X4NP09a7FeVE

See you there!

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

LFS TA Coordinators