Graduate Academic Assistant

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Office of Experiential Education

Job title: Graduate Academic Assistant
Pay rate: $30/hr
Hours per week: 8-10hrs/week
Length of term: 6 months (with the possibility to extend depending on project needs)

Experiential learning is a core component in health professional education. In the UBC Entry-to-Practice (E2P) PharmD program, training students to become pharmacists, the application of knowledge and skills and demonstration of professional attributes with a pharmacy practice educator or preceptor comprises 25% of the program curriculum, with students completing 42 weeks of practicums across British Columbia. These pharmacy practice experiences may take students to varied regions across the province, urban and rural; students are frequently challenged with relocating for each practicum and adapting to rural and remote practice areas and may find it difficult to develop meaningful connections with patients and communities within these short time frames. As well, although students may then be exposed in their practicums to rural and remote regions, there is currently no differentiation of these practicums from those in urban settings; the focus of the experiential learning is on the curricular components and demonstration of key competencies. There is an opportunity here to broaden the impact of practicum experiences for students, while also serving the needs of regions and communities across the province. This project seeks to deliberately support student placements in dedicated rural/remote or regional practice sites (apply a regional practicum model), with the intention for students to be able to establish themselves in these communities and therefore impact patient care, along with engaging in learning, in a more meaningful way.

Role Summary:
The GAA will work with the OEE Faculty and staff members and report directly to the Principal Investigators (PIs) to ensure project objectives and deliverables are met.

Work Performed:
The GAA will assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of this Regional Practicum Model project. The following is a summary of the work to be performed:

  • Support development of the project timeline and details for each phase, including research questions
  • Some travel within British Columbia involved (tentative dates in January and February 2023; expenses lated to travel/accommodations will be covered)
  • Create material for symposiums and any student-facing materials as required
  • Develop and apply a robust evaluation plan for both the model itself and the process applied in the velopment of the model
  • Aid in the development and submission, where required, of project application to UBC’s Behavioral search and Ethics Board
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination of project results (i.e., posters, presentations, etc.)

The successful candidate will participate in regular meetings with the PIs. During these meetings, the current project status will be discussed and the necessary next steps defined to ensure objectives and deliverables are met by the stated timelines.

Qualifications & Skills:

  1. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy, Educational Studies, an Development, Learning and Culture, Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology, .) or relevant discipline.
  2. Ability to structure content appropriate for students and adult learners.
  3. Ability to create effective resources and workshop material for adult learners.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Experience with qualitative research would be an asset.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment; ability to show initiative and gement.
  8. Experience in healthcare and/or experiential education is an asset.
  9. Ability to use software for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Experience in using Zoom and UBC platforms (e.g. Canvas) is an asset.

Interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Neelam Dhaliwal and Dr. Janice Yeung at by November 18th 2022.