2017-2018 Winter GAA Positions

Applications are invited for the GAA positions described below. Each position is 10 hours per week; salary for the period based on an 8 month appointment is $7985 for each Doctoral student and $7684 for each Master’s level student. Appointments cover the period September 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.

Applications should include a brief statement describing your qualifications for the position and a current CV. The hiring committee will be the Head, Deputy Head, Graduate Advisor, or their designates.

Please submit your applications to Shermila Salgadoe, Ponderosa Oak/Cedar House.  Please use the GAA application form at http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/jobs/


  1. Peer Academic Advisor (1 position)

The Peer Academic Advisor provides valuable service for all EDST graduate students, including student-to-student academic counselling.  Information and support will be provided to students that have questions or concerns about degree requirements, policies, procedures, traditions, expectations, and available resources. In addition to academic concerns, the Peer Academic Advisor will assist EDST students who are new to Vancouver (e.g., housing advice, social networks). The duties include providing opportunities for face-to-face meetings and virtual office hours via Connect, UBC’s online Learning Management System. Synchronous meetings will be held through the discussion board forum of Connect and asynchronous support will be provided through the use of the announcement, blog and other functions of Connect. Relevant information will be posted on the students’ Connect site by posting materials. The Peer Academic Advisor will serve on the Graduate Programs Advisory and Curriculum Committee (GPACC). This position may serve on the EDST Executive Committee and as voting members of the Department Meeting, depending on the student body’s approach to governance. The GAA will assist in the planning and coordinating of students’ events (e.g., EDST Research Day, student orientation).  The GAA will work closely with the Graduate Program Assistant to ensure that the student handbook is up-to-date, and that students are aware of awards and other funding opportunities. The Peer Academic Advisor will participate in the planning and delivery of EDST orientation for all incoming students. This GAA will be supervised by and report to the EDST Graduate Advisor.

Preference will be given to a doctoral student in the second or later year of their program who is thoroughly familiar with the department and the university.

  1. Academic Research & Publication Assistant (1 position)

The Academic Research & Publication Assistant will be positioned to support the professional development of graduate students, especially with respect to their scholarly activity.  The GAA will be a community builder who will plan workshops and events, with the assistance of others, aimed at supporting students’ skill development in academic writing and publishing, preparing for ethical review, oral and poster presentations, scholarship and research funding application, and career development.  In addition to academic events, the Academic Research & Publication Assistant will aid in the planning of students’ gatherings and social events (e.g., EDST Research Day).

The Academic Research & Publications Assistant will facilitate the dissemination of information related to publication venues and the publication protocols of various journals, introduce students to information regarding existing and new journals and publishers, disseminate information regarding conferences for students or where students can participate, maintain a regular flow of information regarding any aspect of scholarly research, interface with the Faculty of Education, Office of Research in Education regarding funding and other matters.  The GAA will encourage and support students’ writing and publication by planning and coordinating workshops and events related to publication protocols and by establishing, guiding, and developing mentoring and peer support opportunities aimed at providing feedback on students’ work including abstracts, conference oral and poster presentations, and journal submissions.  In particular, the GAA will reinvigorate the department’s monthly “lunch and learn” sessions that will enable faculty members and students to present their research to one another.  The GAA will report to the Graduate Advisor.

The GAA position may serve on the EDST Executive Committee and as a voting member of the Department Meeting, depending on the student body’s approach to governance. The GAA will assist in the planning and coordinating of students’ events.