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September 2014 - TA Training Fall Workshop Schedule

The upcoming 2014 Fall Workshop is a two half-day course which will run in the morning of Thursday September 4th and afternoon of Friday September 5th in Hennings 318.

Topics covered are detailed in the schedule below. Note that this training is mandatory for all new graduate students in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

    Thursday, September 4th

    8:30 Coffee and Muffins

    8:40 Introduction (Meet your Mentor and Head-TAs!)

    8:55 Department Expectations and TA duties

    9:20 A word from TAs who were new last year

    9:25 Break (Chat with your Mentor and Head-TAs!)

    9:35 From Learning to Teaching

    10:30 Break

    10:40 Teaching by Questioning

    11:40 Break

    11:50 Teaching by Questioning (continued)

    12:20 Lunch (provided)

    13:20 Learning Goals in the Lab

    14:00 End of Day 1

    Friday, September 5th

    12:00 Course-Specific Training

    3:00 Coffee and Muffins

    3:05 Creating An Inclusive Classroom

    4:15 Formative Evaluation

    4:30 Concluding Reflection

    5:00 End of Day 2



To top off the day meet us at the PHAS GSC's NEW GRAD STUDENT PARTY at 6pm in room 212 of the SUB! There will be free food and music. All PHAS grads are invited!
August 2014 - TAPD team hired!

We are excited to announce that the TA professional development program has filled all positions for the 2014/2015 academic year.


  • Mentor TAs: Philippe Sabella Garnier (coordinator), Jeff Bale, Philippe Allard Guerin, Hillgan Ma, Corina Nantais, Hamid Omid, William Page

  • Head TAs: Jason Park (P100), Eric Mills (P101 Tutorials-Term 1), Kathryn Crowter (P101 Tutorials-Term 2), Maryam Golshan (P101 Labs-Term 1), Sophie Berkman (P101 Labs-Term 2), Mateus Fandino (P102 Tutorials), Victoria Grandy (P102 Labs), Carlos Uribe (P157 Tutorials), Roja Zakariaee (P153 Labs)


For those interested in applying for the next academic year, you can still take a peek at the 2014-2015's job descriptions. Note that job applications and available positions may vary from year to year.
April 2014 - CWSEI End-Of-Year Event

The Physics and Astronomy TAPD program attended UBC's CWSEI End-Of-Year event poster session early this April. The poster described the various elements of our department's graduate student run TA training including the Fall Workshop, Course-Specific Training and our Mentor Program. The PDF version of the slides can be downloaded here.

May 2013 - TA training conference at SFU

The PHAS TAPD program participated in the first national TAGSA TA training conference. The goal of the conference was to enhance the quality and quantity of graduate student training and teaching in Canada by discussing current practices, existing research-based literature, and foster collaborations amongst the different TA training programs. More information is available on the conference website and blog.

Original website content created by Mya Warren, Joss Ives, Sandy Martinuk, Christian Veenstra, Stephanie Flynn, Natasha Holmes and Mac Clements


Last updated by Sophie Berkman, September 2nd, 2014