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April 2014 - Hiring new TAPD team

The Physics and Astronomy department is hiring a new Operations Coordinator for the TAPD program! We are looking for someone with good leadership and management skills who is passionate about physics education and TA training. The position counts as a full TA unit (~72 hours of work spread over one year) and is open to any graduate students in the Physics and Astronomy department.


The Physics and Astronomy department is also hiring mentors and Head TAs for the 2014/2015 academic year! These positions count as a half (mentors) or a full TA unit (Head TAs) and are open to any graduate students in the Physics and Astronomy department.


A detailed description of all of these positions is available here. The application form is available here: DOC, PDF. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 29th at 5pm. Any questions should be addressed to phas_ta "at" phas "dot" ubc "dot" ca.

September 2013 - TA Training Fall Workshop

This year's 2013 Fall Workshop was a great success! Topics covered included everything from teaching and learning strategies to course-specific training. For more information about the PHAS TAPD Fall workshop, check out our Programs page.

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.

April 2013 - 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.

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Last updated by Sophie Berkman, April 15th, 2014