Graduate Students in Teaching Mini Conference

The 2019 Graduate Students in Teaching Mini Conference is looking forward to welcoming presenters and attendees to the UBC Vancouver Campus from April 30 to May 1. This conference is an opportunity for students to focus on the present and future role of graduate students in teaching: graduate students teaching now, as well as graduate students as future faculty.
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Planning committee

Shaya Golparian, PhD
Educational Developer: TA Development Programs

Joseph Topornycky, PhD
Manager, Graduate Student Programs

Schedule of events

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Theatre of the Distressed: Exploring Conflict for TAs

Tuesday, April 30 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Liesl Lafferty and Roquela Fernandez, UBC

ART/eaching: Exploring Arts-based Approaches Within Your Teaching Practice

Tuesday, April 30 | 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Carolyn Jepson, Paisly Symenuk, Janina Krabbe, UBC

Round Tables (30 min x2)

Tuesday, April 30 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Lillooet Room

  1. Imposter Syndrome in Academia
    Facilitators: Kyle Gooderham and Gillian Glass, UBC
  2. Help align Content and Assessment with Learning Objectives
    Facilitators: Analise Hofmann, Connie Leung , Najah Adreak, UBC
  3. Failure & Learning
    Facilitator: Shawn Hetherington, UBC

Poster Sessions

Tuesday, April 30 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Lillooet Room

  1. Creative Writing TA Training and Support
    Presented by Roquela Fernandez, UBC
  2. BioTAP, Building a Teaching Community through TA Training
    Presented by Rhea Storlund, UBC
  3. TA Development in the Department of Psychology
    Presented by Grace Truong, UBC
  4. Physics & Astronomy TA Training Program
    Presented by Jeff Bale and Deborah Good, UBC
  5. Sociology TA Training Program
    Presented by Silvia Bartolic, UBC
  6. Improving Student Readiness in Calculus with Learning Objects
    Presented by Felicia Halliday, UVIC

Teaching Assistants with Disabilities

Tuesday, April 30 | 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. | Lillooet Room

Presented by Laura Bulk, UBC

Adult Learning Theory Beyond Kolb’s

Tuesday, April 30 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Natalie Westwood and Arnab Ray, UBC

Inclusivity in Learning: Minimizing Obstacles to Participation

Wednesday, May 1 | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Linda Horianopoulos and Kieran Forde, UBC

Panel: Graduate Students in Teaching (Career in Teaching)

Wednesday, May 1 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lillooet Room


  • Isabeau Iqbal, PhD, Educational Developer, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBC
  • David Oliver, Instructor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
  • Rowshan Rahmanian, Post Doctoral Fellow, SFU
  • Dr. Lacey Samuels, Professor, Botany Department, UBC

Incorporating Reflection into Teaching

Wednesday, May 1 | 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Kaylee Byers and Kyle Gooderham, UBC

Empathetic Provocation for Teaching Difficult Knowledge

Wednesday, May 1 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Lillooet Room

Facilitators: Paisly Symenuk & Dawn Tisdale, UBC