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Vantage One Engineering: Academic English Program Part-time TA

UBC Vantage College invites applications for a part-time (30%) Graduate Teaching Assistant position to assist an Academic English Program instructor teaching a language-focused course linked to a first-year Physics course in the Vantage One Engineering program. Fourth-year undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.

UBC Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort program to academically strong international 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 (Arts, Science, Engineering, or Management) 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 Arts, Science, Applied Science, or Management. For more information about the Vantage One Engineering program, please see


The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with basic Physics concepts and marking written assignments. Duties include assisting with in-class tasks, grading assessments, and recording grades and compiling final grades via Canvas. This position entails face-to-face contact with students and a high degree of engagement with students’ understanding of disciplinary concepts of introductory Physics, especially in word problems. The successful candidate will be required to attend all weekly meetings and training sessions scheduled by the course instructor. Weekly workload will vary according to assessment schedule, but grading will be required most weeks between February to early April.

Schedule (January 23 – April 3), Wednesdays: 9-11am, 12-1pm, and 2-4pm (1 hour meeting + 4 hours in-class). Total time commitment: 57 hours (30% of full-time TA position).


Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC, and must have a good understanding of introductory Physics concepts as well as strong English language communication skills. Fourth-year full-time undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent electronically (as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email to the following address: no later than noon on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

(1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position and your availability,
(2) curriculum vitae, including a list of all teaching related activities,

(3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations) if available

(4) names and contact information of two referees.

For questions about this position, please contact Fatimah Mahmood <>

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 and permanent residents will be given priority.