2 UBC Teaching Assistants needed for LFS 250

July 15, 2016

UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems is looking for 2 Teaching Assistants(TAs) for their course LFS 250 (Land, Food and Community).

Note: This is a two term course that runs from September to April.


  • TOTAL HOURS: 213 (over two terms)
  • Required On-Campus Availability: Tuesdays 12:30-5 pm. 
  • Use detailed rubrics to mark individual and group assignments, including reflective journal entries and literature review papers for each of 30-35 students in break out rooms and 3 group assignments per group 
  • Attend all plenary lectures and field trips in order to facilitate further student discussions in breakout rooms
  • Advise student groups during group work on Dairy project and community-based experiential learning activities; this includes monitoring group discussions and maintaining communication to facilitate effective group work in breakout rooms and the community.
  • Prepare for grading assigned presentations; read papers on which students will be making oral presentations
  • Assist with the coordination of community-based experiential learning activities, including training sessions and equipment organization 
  • Grade oral presentations and prepare feedback for student groups
  • Attend weekly and end-of-term teaching team meetings
  • Facilitation of breakout/discussion groups


Experience:  Preference will be given to students who have the ability to correspond effectively with the Instructor, to ask questions when uncertain about their marking responsibilities, to reliably check their work for accuracy.

Skills: excellent interpersonal skills; good organizational skills; ability to set up and operate audio-visual teaching aids including LCD projector, laptop computer, and DVD player; ability to correct English usage (grammar, spelling, paragraph structure) when marking written assignments. Some experience with problem-based learning recommended

For more information, please refer to the course website: www.lfs250.landfood.ubc.ca

If interested, please send an email to Will Valley (will.valley@ubc.ca) with the following information:

– graduate research area/topic

– prior teaching experience, if any

– food system related knowledge, skills or experiences



Will Valley, PhD
Instructor, Applied Biology
Academic Director, Land, Food, & Community Series

Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia, Musqueam Territory
FNH 210 – 2205 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Ph: 604-822-6534