Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Programs

Author: Dr. Kevin Smith (Dean of Graduate Programs)

As the Dean of Graduate Programs, I would like to welcome you to the role of Teaching Assistant at UNBC and hope that you will find it a rewarding experience.

I also hope that you will view your appointment as more than a source of financial support while you carry on with your studies. It is also a position of responsibility as you will carry out key roles in the delivery of teaching such as leading class discussions, supervising lab groups, marking assignments, meeting and corresponding with students, and/or facilitating help sessions. Your ability and enthusiasm as a teacher is likely be critical to the success of the students you teach and instructors you work with.

This handbook is an excellent and invaluable companion for the TA role.  It aims to enhance your effectiveness by presenting all the relevant information in a single publication. It will hopefully provide suggestions, whether it is your first time as a TA or a return to the position that will make your job easier and more efficient, and allow you to succeed not only as a TA but also as a graduate student. I hope you will find the handbook beneficial to your experience.

Once again I wish you well in your position and hope that the opportunities and experiences that come from being a teaching assistant are valuable for you.

Dr. Kevin Smith
Dean of Graduate Programs