TA-Instructor Working Relationship (For TAs)

Event Date & Time

  • August 21, 2023
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description


This event is part of the CTLT Summer Institute, taking place from August 21–25, 2023.

As a Teaching Assistant, you will be working closely in different roles with an experienced instructor to teach. When this relationship goes well, it can be rewarding, educational, and fun. When it does not, it can be frustrating and overwhelming. In this session we will explore the various needs and expectations (including the TA contract) that structure the TA-Instructor relationship, develop effective communication strategies, including feedback and building professional interpersonal skills, all with the aim of helping you to build a harmonious and rewarding professional relationship with the instructors you work with.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements and needs around working and teaching with Faculty at UBC.
  • Develop a brief agreement document for working with faculty.
  • Develop (organization and communication) strategies to address common challenges in Faculty-TA relationships.


  • Shaya Golparian, PhD. TA Development Educational Developer
  • Judy Chan, PhD. Faculty Associate, Faculty Liaison (Land and Food Systems)