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Vantage One Arts Program, Graduate Teaching Assistant Position: Vantage College Projects (VANT 148)

UBC Vantage College invites applications for 2 Teaching Assistant positions in Winter Term 2 (January – April 2021) in the Vantage One Arts program, to assist in the teaching of a unique, coordinated, multi-sectioned research methods course -- VANT 148: UBC Vantage College Projects.

UBC Vantage College offers a 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 Vantage College’s three streams (Arts, Science, or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program.

The primary goals of the Vantage College 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 Arts program, please see


VANT 148, “UBC Vantage College Projects,” offers a first-year introduction to designing academic research and to quantitative and qualitative research methods such as conducting surveys and experiments, interviews, analyzing interview and survey data, and doing discourse analysis.

Duties include providing instructional support to the VANT 148 faculty who teach and mentor groups of approximately 25 students. The successful applicant will be responsible for marking and providing feedback on assignments, will hold regular office hours, will meet with students periodically, and will meet regularly with the course coordinator, who will supervise the Teaching Assistant’s activities. 


Applicants will have an interest in social science research methods and/or multidisciplinary approaches to the teaching of social science and have experience marking student papers and tutoring undergraduate students. Applicants will have a demonstrated knowledge or qualitative and/or quantitative research methods used in the social sciences and have some experience presenting at conferences (e.g., poster presentations).  Experience working with international students and/or with using the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) to inform their teaching practice will be considered assets.  Applicants must currently be either a senior level (4th year) undergraduate student or enrolled in a graduate program at UBC.

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:

Review of applications will begin November 17, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled.

(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

This Teaching Assistant position will involve a total of 192 hours over Term 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year and is subject to final budgetary approval.

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.