Opportunity to Become an Instructor Trainee for VSP 2018

What are we looking for? Individuals who want to develop their teaching skills and are passionate about teaching biochemistry.

microscopicWhat will you receive?  Formal mentorship throughout the program from two UBC instructors.You will develop material and deliver content to an anticipated class size of 40-60 international students. You will gain experience regarding pedagogical approaches during the course design phase, become familiar with teaching tools, learn to evaluate student learning and manage teaching assistants (TA’s). In other words, your training will teach you how to run a full course at a university level! Furthermore, you will receive a stipend.

What is VSP? The Vancouver Summer Program offers international students an opportunity to take 2 non-credit courses over a one-month period in the summer. During their stay, the visiting students will have opportunities to experience Vancouver and other tourist attractions. This coming summer (July 14 – August 14, 2018) the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will again offer a 2-course package taught by several instructor trainees. For more general information and other program offerings please see: http://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca/july/program-details

spraying.About our VSP courses? Biochemistry and Society: Current Issues will critically examine biochemical processes within the world at large and their impact on human health. The course will provide students with the scientific principles and concepts required to understand key interrelationships of the natural world and tackle the most daunting challenges of the 21st century. The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, student presentations and problem-based learning all led by UBC experts. Course content will vary but may include topics such as climate change, xenobiotics, endocrine disruptors, pollution by antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes, and genetically modified organisms. Students will learn to appreciate the natural world from a molecular perspective and understand how biochemical perturbations within our environment impact human health. VSP2018_poster

Qualifications: A completed PhD in biochemistry or a related field. While candidates with a MSc and extensive relevant experience will also be considered, a strong background in biochemistry is essential.

Interested candidates should email Lindsay Rogers, lindsay.deborah.rogers@gmail.com for more information.


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Scott Covey  Michael Krisinger



December 15th, 2017 Application deadline
April 1st, 2018 Start date for the positions (subject to budgetary approval)
April to mid-July, 2018 Course design & content development
Mid-July to mid-August, 2018 Program instruction


QUOTES from past instructor trainees:

“[Mike] and Scott have organized this to be a great opportunity for trainee teachers. I feel like I have learned tons and i had a fantastic time working on the Environmental Biochemistry content this spring.”

-Lindsay Rogers, July, 2016

“Through this experience, I had the privilege of being guided by experienced mentors who shared valuable advice on creating course material as well as teaching techniques that greatly accelerated the learning curve. Throughout the process, the mentors provided both structure and critique that kept course development on a steady track, while at the same time allowing us to have creative freedom over style and content.”  

Solmaz Sobhanifar, Sept, 2015

“I’d done years of TAing and a number of guest lectures throughout the course of my PhD, but having to develop and teach an entire course from scratch taught me skills and gave me experience teaching that I would have never otherwise been able to get. Teaching for the VSP was an experience that I’ll never regret.”  

Kristina McBurney, Sept, 2015