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2020W: Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, Vantage One Arts

UBC Vantage College invites applications for up to three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistant positions in the 2020/2021 academic year to assist with academic English courses in the Vantage One Arts program.

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, 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 Arts, Science, or Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One programs, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/

The Vantage One Arts program is hiring up to the equivalent of three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistants. Positions may range from part-time to full-time appointments. This program includes specific courses focused on academic English, including LLED 200 and VANT 140. These courses are developed and taught in close coordination with the other courses in the program; for example, LLED 200 in the Vantage One Arts program focuses on academic English specific to the Arts courses taught in that program (Geography/History/Political Science/Psychology/Sociology).

Each of the Teaching Assistant positions will involve up to 192 hours in Winter terms 1 and 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to final budgetary approval.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant assists 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 (e.g., library skills).

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC and must have experience tutoring and/or teaching English language learners in academic contexts. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset. Familiarity and prior experience with any or a combination of the following disciplines is also an asset: Geography/History/Political Science/Psychology/Sociology.

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent (as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email with the subject heading “Graduate Teaching Assistant – English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Arts” to the following address: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. Please be sure to include:

(1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position “Graduate Teaching Assistant – English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Arts” 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 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.

2020W: Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, Vantage One Science

UBC Vantage College invites applications for up to three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistant positions in the 2020/21 academic year to assist with academic English courses in the Vantage One Science program.

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, 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 Arts, Science, or Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One Science programs, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/science.

The Vantage One Science program is hiring up to the equivalent of three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistants. Positions may range from part-time to full-time appointments. This program includes specific courses focused on academic English, including LLED 200, LLED 201, and VANT 140. These courses are differentiated for each of the programs, and are developed and taught in close coordination with the other courses in the program; for example, LLED 200 and 201 in the Vantage One Science program focus on academic English specific to the Science courses taught in that program (Chemistry/Computer Science/Earth Science/Math/Physics).

Each of the Teaching Assistant positions will involve up to 192 hours in Winter terms 1 and 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to final budgetary approval.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant assists academic English instructors with a variety of teaching, assessment, feedback, and coordination tasks. Duties may include attending initial and regular program/course meetings, checking drafts and providing content-focused feedback, providing students with assistance/guidance during writing workshops, assistance with Canvas quiz creation, monitoring discussion boards & learning analytics, setting up ComPAIR and other online learning tools, and assisting students’ research initiatives, supporting debate preparations, managing discussion boards, judging/assisting the running of the debates (e.g. timing, filming) and downloading/tagging of videos for reference and marking. 

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate students at UBC and must have experience tutoring and/or teaching English language learners in academic contexts. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset, as is familiarity with undergraduate-level Science courses (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Science communication, etc.)

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 with the subject heading Graduate Teaching Assistant – English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Science to the following address: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca.  Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. Please be sure to include:

(1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position “Graduate Teaching Assistant – English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Science” 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 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 and permanent residents will be given priority.

2020W: Graduate Teaching Assistant, English for Academic Purposes, Vantage One Engineering

UBC Vantage College invites applications for up to three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistant position in the 2020/21 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 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, 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 Arts, Science, or Applied Science. For more information about the Vantage One Engineering program, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca/engineering

The Vantage One Engineering program is hiring up to the equivalent of three, full-time Graduate Teaching Assistants. Positions may range from part-time to full-time appointments. This program includes specific courses focused on academic English, including LLED 200, LLED 201, and VANT 140. These courses are differentiated for each of the programs, and are developed and taught in close coordination with the other courses in the program; for example, LLED 200 in the Vantage One Engineering program focuses on academic English specific to the Engineering courses taught in that program (e.g., Matter and Energy, Electricity, Magnetism and Waves, Sustainability and Engineering Design).

Each of the Teaching Assistant positions will involve up to 192 hours in Winter terms 1 and 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to final budgetary approval.

Duties

The Graduate Teaching Assistant assists one of the academic English instructors with assessment and feedback. Duties include attending a few regular course meetings/classes, grading student performance (written texts and video presentations) and annotating with corrective feedback, recording grades and returning annotated texts to students via Canvas. The successful candidate will be required to attend one training session in September, and five marking calibration sessions (October, November, February and March). This position entails some face-to-face contact with students and a high degree of engagement with students’ written production. Weekly workload will vary according to assignment submission schedule, but grading will be required most weeks between October and November (for Term 1) and February and March (for Term 2).

Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistants must be registered as full-time graduate student at UBC and must have experience tutoring and/or teaching English language learners in academic contexts. Formal training and teaching in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is an asset.  The ability to grade assignments quickly and accurately to strict deadlines is important. Familiarity and prior experience with any or a combination of the following subjects is also an asset: Matter and Energy, Electricity, Magnetism and Waves, Sustainability, Computer Programming and Engineering Design.

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 with the subject heading “Graduate Teaching Assistant- English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Engineering” to the following address: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. Please be sure to include:

 (1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position “Graduate Teaching Assistant- English for Academic Purposes, Vantage Engineering” 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 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 and permanent residents will be given priority.

2020S: Graduate Research Assistant, Vantage College Intercultural Communication Committee

UBC Vantage College invites applications for one Graduate Research Assistant position to assist with the Vantage College Intercultural Communication Committee.

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, or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The aim of the Vantage College Intercultural Communication Committee (ICC) is to foster awareness and dialogue among students, staff, TAs, RAs and faculty that acknowledge the roles diversity and culture play in the student experience as well as facilitate programing that support international students’ and English Language Learners’ transition into their first year at university.

The ICC is developing a new symposium informed by student focus groups, where UBC educators can share what they have learned and participate in dialogues with the wider UBC community of educators on strategies that include, engage, and support first-year international English language learners. As part of this project, we are seeking a graduate student research assistant (GRA) to work up to 40 hours this summer (June - August 2020).

Duties

The successful candidate will develop surveys, conduct focus group interviews and analyze data with respect to project goals. Working with the ICC members, the GRA will be responsible for the following tasks: a) apply for human participants approval through the Behavioral Research Ethics Board, b) develop a survey and create interview questions that are aligned with current literature intended to measure student experience, feelings of inclusion and engagement, c) transcribe and analyze data, d) write reports. The GRA will work collaboratively with multidisciplinary faculty members from Vantage College.

The student’s duties and responsibilities will include some or all of the following, depending on incoming skill set and interest:

  • Review literature to gather published evaluation tools of similar nature to help guide the survey and interview development process
  • Develop surveys and interview questions (which may include adaptions of existing surveys)
  • Administer surveys
  • Organize and conduct focus groups (following best practices of physical distancing)
  • Analyze data
  • Write a report

Qualifications

Applicants should be current graduate students (masters or doctoral level) in any Faculty. Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in or experience with education research. Familiarity with ethics protocols for research with human participants is an asset. Experience with survey design and conducting interviews is an asset, as is the analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data using software such as SPSS, R, and NVivo. Strong verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills are required. Candidates with a demonstrated interest in intercultural communication, diversity, and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply. The student should be relatively self-sufficient in collecting and analyzing qualitative data and be capable of training themselves to fill knowledge/competency gaps. To be a great fit for this position, an applicant will be enthusiastic about education and have a strong desire to develop their research skills.

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent (as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email with the subject heading “Graduate Research Assistant – Vantage College Intercultural Communication Committee” to the following address: employment@vantagecollege.ubc.caApplications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please be sure to include:

  1. a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position “Graduate Research Assistant – Vantage College Intercultural Communication Committee” and your availability,
  2. curriculum vitae, including a list of all teaching related activities,
  3. names and contact information of two referees.

For questions about this position, please contact anka@chem.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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.