CAREERS

WORKING WITH VANTAGE FACULTY AND STAFF

Current positions within Vantage College are described below. For additional opportunities within UBC, please view the faculty and staff postings on the UBC Careers page.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, VANT 140, Vantage One Science

UBC Vantage College invites applications for multiple Graduate Teaching Assistant positions in the 2024/2025 academic year to assist with academic English courses in Vantage One Science Program.

UBC Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort program to academically strong international multilingual students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC degrees. Students take courses in one of the Vantage One programs (Science or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage One curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to Year Two in the Faculties of Science or Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One programs, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/

UBC Vantage College is hiring multiple Graduate Teaching Assistants for VANT 140 (Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials) in the Vantage One Science Program, which focuses on academic English specific to the Science courses taught in that program (i.e. CHEM 121, MATH 100, MATH 101, EOSC 110, PHYS 117, PHYS 119, CPSC 103, and SCIE 113). A complete description of the Vantage One Science program can be found here: https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/science.

The Teaching Assistant positions may involve up to 192 hours per term, for each of Winter Term 1 and Term 2 of the 2024-2025 academic year, and are subject to final budgetary approval. Each course section is allocated 24 hours of GTA support. Therefore, a full GTAship would involve assisting in multiple course sections.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant supports the academic English instructors with teaching, assessment and feedback, as well as coordination, with an emphasis on qualitative feedback, tutoring and marking. Duties may include attending regular program/course meetings/classes, holding office hours, providing student feedback where applicable, conducting research to support materials design, attending mandatory training sessions and marking/collaborating in assignment and exam design, as well as potentially designing and facilitating study skills workshops with students.

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC and must have experience teaching and/or tutoring English language learners for academic purposes. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset. The academic English courses at Vantage College are informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics and genre-based pedagogies; therefore, while prior knowledge in these areas is not required, depending on the assigned duties, applicants may be expected to have an interest in familiarizing themselves with the theoretical and pedagogical approaches used in the courses they support.

In addition, as some aspects of VANT 140 are closely linked to the language and literacy practices of first year Science courses offered in the program, familiarity and prior experience with any or a combination of the following science curriculum topics is also an asset for applicants interested in serving as GTA for the VANT 140 courses:

  • Term 1: Chemistry, Physics, Math
  • Term 2: Computer Science, Earth and Oceans Sciences, Scientific Communication, Math

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent to the following e-mail: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Please send as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Application Form; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc. Use the subject heading “Graduate Teaching Assistant – VANT 140, Vantage One Science”. Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions have been filled.

All Applicants are required to include the following in their application package:

For questions about this position, please contact the Director of our Academic English Program, Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman: sandra.zappa@ubc.ca.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, LLED 200 & 201

UBC Vantage College invites applications for multiple Graduate Teaching Assistant positions in the 2024/2025 academic year to assist with academic English courses in the Vantage One Science and Vantage One Engineering Programs.

UBC Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort program to academically strong international multilingual students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC degrees. Students take courses in one of the Vantage One programs (Science or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage One curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to Year Two in the Faculties of Science or Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One programs, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/

The Vantage College is hiring multiple Graduate Teaching Assistants for LLED 200 (Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers) and LLED 201 (Critical Reading and Writing in Academic and Professional Registers). These courses are developed and taught in close coordination with the other courses in the program.

The Teaching Assistant positions may involve up to 192 hours per term. The advertised positions are available for Winter Term 1 and Winter Term 2 of the 2024-2025 academic year, and are subject to final budgetary approval. Each course section is allocated 24 hours of GTA support.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant supports the academic English instructors with teaching, assessment and feedback, as well as coordination, with an emphasis on qualitative feedback, tutoring and marking. Duties may include attending regular program/course meetings/classes, holding office hours, providing student feedback where applicable, assisting with the collection of relevant information to support materials design, attending mandatory training sessions and marking/collaborating in assignment and exam design, as well as potentially designing and facilitating study skills workshops with students

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC and must have experience teaching and/or tutoring English language learners for academic purposes. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset. The academic English courses at Vantage College are informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics and genre-based pedagogies; therefore, while prior knowledge in these areas is not required, depending on the assigned duties, applicants may be expected to have an interest in familiarizing themselves with the theoretical and pedagogical approaches used in the courses they support in order to be able to successfully complete certain duties (e.g., providing feedback to students aligned with a systemic functional perspective on language).

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent to the following e-mail: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Please send as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Application Form; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc. Use the subject heading “Graduate Teaching Assistant – English for Academic Purposes, LLED 200 & 201."Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions have been filled.

All Applicants are required to include the following in their application package:

  • (1) a completed Vantage College LLED GTA Application Form
  • (2) curriculum vitae, including a list of all teaching related activities,
  • (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations), if available

For questions about this position, please contact the Director of our Academic English Program, Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman: sandra.zappa@ubc.ca

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, VANT 140, Vantage One Engineering

UBC Vantage College invites applications for multiple Graduate Teaching Assistant positions in the 2024/2025 academic year to assist with academic English courses in the Vantage One Engineering Program.

UBC Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort program to academically strong international multilingual students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC degrees. Students take courses in one of the Vantage One programs (Science or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage One curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to Year Two in the Faculties of Science and Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One programs, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/

UBC Vantage College is hiring multiple Graduate Teaching Assistants for VANT 140 (Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials), which focuses on academic English specific to the Engineering courses taught in that program (i.e. APSC 160, APSC 172, APSC 182, APSC 173, APSC 178, and APSC 183). A complete description of the Vantage One Engineering program can be found here: https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/engineering

The Teaching Assistant positions may involve up to 192 hours per term. The advertised positions are available for Winter Term 1 and Term 2 of the 2024-2025 academic year, and are subject to final budgetary approval. Each course section is allocated 24 hours of GTA support.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant supports the academic English instructors with teaching, assessment and feedback, as well as coordination, with an emphasis on qualitative feedback, tutoring and marking. Duties may include attending regular program/course meetings/classes, holding office hours, providing student feedback where applicable, conducting research to support materials design, attending mandatory training sessions and marking/collaborating in assignment and exam design, as well as potentially designing and facilitating study skills workshops with students.

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC and must have experience teaching and/or tutoring English language learners for academic purposes. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset. The academic English courses at Vantage College are informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics and genre-based pedagogies; therefore, while prior knowledge in these areas is not required, depending on the assigned duties, applicants may be expected to have an interest in familiarizing themselves with the theoretical and pedagogical approaches used in the courses they support.

In addition, familiarity and prior experience with any or a combination of the following courses is also an asset for applicants interested in serving as GTA for the VANT 140 courses:

In addition, given the focus on specific disciplinary written and/or oral practices linked to engineering content, familiarity and prior experience with any or a combination of the following engineering curriculum topics is also an asset for applicants interested in serving as GTA for VANT 140:

Term 1:

  • APSC 160 – Introduction to Computation in Engineering Design
  • APSC 172 – Engineering Analysis I
  • APSC 182 – Matter and Energy I

Term 2:

  • APSC 173 – Engineering Analysis II
  • APSC 178 – Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
  • APSC 183 – Matter and Energy II

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent to the following e-mail: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Please send as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Application Form; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc. Use the subject heading “Graduate Teaching Assistant – VANT 140, Vantage One Engineering”. Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions have been filled.

All Applicants are required to include the following in their application package:

For questions about this position, please contact the Director of our Academic English Program, Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman: sandra.zappa@ubc.ca

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Academic Essentials Facilitator – Readiness for University Mathematics

Program Description:

Academic Essentials is a set of online courses that are offered to all incoming first-year students, regardless of discipline, as part of the Orientations programs offered at UBC. These courses are optional, not-for-credit, and self-paced, and aim to allow students to brush up on fundamental knowledge and develop skills that will build their academic confidence and give them tools and strategies for success as they begin their studies at UBC. Three courses are offered: Readiness for University Mathematics, Reading and Writing at University, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course will span 6 weeks, and course activities will be supported by student Course Facilitators.

Job Summary:

The main duty of this position is to provide online course support and facilitate student activities for the Academic Essentials Readiness for University Mathematics course under the supervision of the Course Coordinators.  The Facilitator is responsible for guiding their assigned sections as they progress through the course, checking and responding to student discussion posts and/or short written assignments, answering questions related to the course, holding office hours and live engagement activities, etc. Facilitators are providing a personal touch to the course and act as role models for incoming students, which is important for this type of orientation and training program.

The secondary duty of this position is to work with Course Coordinators for course support tasks as needed.

Work Performed:

Duties include: checking and responding to discussion posts and emails by participants, holding online “office hours” for students (which may take various forms designed to engage participants), troubleshooting technical issues as they arise, escalating issues to the Course Coordinators when necessary, keeping records of email communications and troubleshooting course progression, attending team meetings, and providing brief feedback on student work. Time will also be allocated to a debrief session at the conclusion of the program. Professionalism, and communication and organizational skills are very important requirements for this position. Training and orientation will be provided. All work will be conducted online.

Supervision received:

Supervised by Academic Essentials Course Coordinators

Rate and hours:

$20.55/hourly, contract for approximately 10 hours/week starting July 2nd and ending August 9th. There will also be training and orientation sessions prior to the start of the program.

Education/Work Experience:

  • Experience with using an LMS, Canvas preferred
  • Experience supporting instructors or students preferred
  • Experience as Teaching Assistant or similar position preferred
  • Proficiency in high-school level mathematics and ability to answer questions in algebra, geometry, and calculus

Skills:

  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  2. Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  3. An ability to display initiative and creativity with high productivity while meeting deadlines and fast changing priorities
  4. An ability to work comfortably in an online environment
  5. An ability to work efficiently independently and in a team environment
  6. Displays a professional, responsible and reliable attitude

Application:

To apply, please send a short personal statement (maximum of half a page) outlining why you would be well suited for this position, your CV (optional), and the name and contact number of two references at academic.essentials@ubc.ca Friday, May 24th, 11:59 PDT. Please make sure to include your contact information including program and year of study, and student number. Please use AE Facilitator Application – Mathematics as the subject line of the email. If you want to be considered for the role of Facilitator for more than one Academic Essentials course, please submit separate applications for each one.

Please note that to be eligible for this position you must physically be in Canada for the duration of the contract, you must be a current UBC student returning full time in September, and that if you are an international student, you will need a valid work permit.

Thank you for your interest in the position!

Academic Essentials Facilitator – Reading and Writing at University

Program Description:

Academic Essentials is a set of online courses that are offered to all incoming first-year students, regardless of discipline, as part of the Orientations programs offered at UBC. These courses are optional, not-for-credit, and self-paced, and aim to allow students to brush up on fundamental knowledge and develop skills that will build their academic confidence and give them tools and strategies for success as they begin their studies at UBC. Three courses are offered: Readiness for University Mathematics, Reading and Writing at University, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course will span 6 weeks, and course activities will be supported by student Course Facilitators.

Job Summary:

The main duty of this position is to provide online course support and facilitate student activities for the Academic Essentials Reading and Writing at University course under the supervision of the Course Coordinators.  The Facilitator is responsible for guiding their assigned sections as they progress through the course, checking and responding to student discussion posts and/or short written assignments, answering questions related to the course, holding office hours and live engagement activities, etc. Facilitators are providing a personal touch to the course and act as role models for incoming students, which is important for this type of orientation and training program.

The secondary duty of this position is to work with Course Coordinators for course support tasks as needed.

Work Performed:

Duties include: checking and responding to discussion posts and emails by participants, holding online “office hours” for students (which may take various forms designed to engage participants), troubleshooting technical issues as they arise, escalating issues to the Course Coordinators when necessary, keeping records of email communications and troubleshooting course progression, attending team meetings, and providing brief feedback on student work. Time will also be allocated to a debrief session at the conclusion of the program. Professionalism, and communication and organizational skills are very important requirements for this position. Training and orientation will be provided. All work will be conducted online.

Supervision received:

Supervised by Academic Essentials Course Coordinators

Rate and hours:

$20.55/hourly, contract for approximately 10 hours/week starting July 2nd and ending August 9th. There will also be training and orientation sessions prior to the start of the program.

Education/Work Experience:

  • Experience with using an LMS, Canvas preferred
  • Experience supporting instructors and/or students preferred
  • Experience as Teaching Assistant or similar position preferred
  • Experience with research and writing skills (such as completion of undergraduate course in academic writing such as WRDS150, ENGL112, or equivalent).
  • Experience with using library services and conducting basic research functions

Skills:

  1. Excellent testing and troubleshooting skills
  2. An ability to display initiative and creativity with high productivity while meeting deadlines and fast changing priorities
  3. An ability to work comfortably in an online environment
  4. An ability to work efficiently independently and in a team environment
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  6. Displays a professional, responsible and reliable attitude

Application:

To apply, please send a short personal statement (maximum of half a page) outlining why you would be well suited for this position, your CV (optional), and the name and contact number of two references at academic.essentials@ubc.ca before Friday, May 24th, 11:59 PDT. Please make sure to include your contact information including program and year of study, and student number. Please use AE Facilitator Application – Reading and Writing as the subject line of the email. If you want to be considered for the role of Facilitator for more than one Academic Essentials course, please submit separate applications for each one.

Please note that to be eligible for this position you must physically be in Canada for the duration of the contract, you must be a current UBC student returning full time in September, and that if you are an international student, you will need a valid work permit.

Thank you for your interest in the position!

Academic Essentials Facilitator – Live Well to Learn Well

Program Description:

Academic Essentials is a set of online courses that are offered to all incoming first-year students, regardless of discipline, as part of the Orientations programs offered at UBC. These courses are optional, not-for-credit, and self-paced, and aim to allow students to brush up on fundamental knowledge and develop skills that will build their academic confidence and give them tools and strategies for success as they begin their studies at UBC. Three courses are offered: Readiness for University Mathematics, Reading and Writing at University, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course will span 6 weeks, and course activities will be supported by student Course Facilitators.

Job Summary:

The main duty of this position is to provide online course support and facilitate student activities in a timely fashion for the Academic Essentials Live Well to Learn Well course under the supervision of the Course Coordinator. This course covers topics in student success, mental health and well-being, financial literacy, and effective study strategies. The Facilitator is responsible for guiding their assigned sections as they progress through the course, checking and responding to student discussion posts and/or short written assignments, answering questions related to the course, holding office hours and live engagement activities, etc. Facilitators are providing a personal touch to the course and act as role models for incoming students, which is important for this type of orientation and training program.

The secondary duty of this position is to work with Course Coordinators for course support tasks as needed.

Work Performed:

Duties include: checking and responding to discussion posts and emails by participants, holding online “office hours” for students (which may take various forms designed to engage participants), troubleshooting technical issues as they arise, escalating issues to the Course Coordinators when necessary, keeping records of email communications and troubleshooting course progression, attending team meetings, and providing brief feedback on student work. Time will also be allocated to a debrief session at the conclusion of the program. Professionalism, and communication and organizational skills are very important requirements for this position. Training and orientation will be provided. All work will be conducted online.

Supervision received:

Supervised by Academic Essentials Course Coordinators

Rate and hours:

$20.55/hourly, contract for approximately 10 hours/week starting July 2nd and ending August 9th. There will also be training and orientation sessions prior to the start of the program.

Education/Work Experience:

  • Experience with using an LMS, Canvas preferred
  • Experience supporting instructors or students in any capacity preferred
  • Experience as Teaching Assistant or similar position preferred

Skills:

  1. An ability to interact with incoming students with empathy, support and honesty, and to engage in constructive discussions on sometimes challenging topics.
  2. Excellent testing and troubleshooting skills
  3. An ability to display initiative and creativity with high productivity while meeting deadlines and fast changing priorities
  4. An ability to work comfortably in an online environment
  5. An ability to work efficiently independently and in a team environment
  6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  7. A professional, responsible and reliable attitude

Application:

To apply, please send a short personal statement (maximum of half a page) outlining why you would be well suited for this position, your CV (optional), and the name and contact number of two references at academic.essentials@ubc.ca by Friday, May 24th, 11:59 PDT. Please make sure to include your contact information including program and year of study, and student number. Please use AE Facilitator Application – Live Well to Learn Well as the subject line of the email. If you want to be considered for the role of Facilitator for more than one Academic Essentials course, please submit separate applications for each one.

Please note that to be eligible for this position you must physically be in Canada for the duration of the contract, you must be a current UBC student returning full time in September, and that if you are an international student, you will need a valid work permit.

Thank you for your interest in the position!