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August 2015 - TAPD team hired!

We are excited to announce that the TA professional development program has filled all positions for the 2015/2016 academic year.


  • Mentor TAs: Philippe Sabella Garnier (coordinator), Jie Fu, Firas Moosvi, Corina Nantais, Hamid Omid, Sebastien Rettie, Shiqin Su

  • Head TAs: Deborah Good (P100 Tutorials), Pedro Esquinas (P100 Labs), Joshua Wienands (P101 Tutorials-Term 1), Vanessa Wiggerman (P101 Tutorials-Term 2), , Maral Golshan (P101 Labs), Derek Fujimoto (P107/P109), Mateus Fandino (P117/P118), Ricardo Chavez (P157/P158), Roja Zakariaee (P159), Sophie Berkman (P170), Jacob White (A101)


For those interested in applying for the next academic year, you can still take a peek at the 2015-2016's job descriptions. Note that job applications and available positions may vary from year to year.
April 2015 - 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.

September 2014 - TA Training Fall Workshop

This year's 2014 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.

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Last updated by Sophie Berkman, August 26th, 2015