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Academic English Program – Sessional Lecturer Opportunities

The Academic English Program at UBC Vantage College invites applications for Sessional Lecturer positions(s) in the Winter 2017-2018 academic year (September – December; January-April).

The application deadline is July 7, 2017 or until the positions are filled

The successful applicant(s) will teach one or multiple sections of the following courses:

  • LLED 200 - Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers (3 credits)
  • LLED 201 - Critical Reading and Writing in Academic and Professional Registers (3 credits)

Each section has an expected enrolment of 15 students. LLED 200 is offered in either BA, BSc, BMgt, or BASc streams, while LLED 201 is offered in either BSc or BASc streams.
For more information about each stream, please visit our Program Overview page.

Teaching duties

Duties include lesson planning, teaching, holding regular office and tutoring hours, marking assignments, providing feedback, contributing to materials development, reporting grades, attending weekly course planning meetings and monthly program meetings, and participating in program activities (as applicable).

Successful applicants will work closely with the Director of the Academic English Program and other members of the instructional team at UBC Vantage College in a highly collaborative environment.

About UBC Vantage College

UBC Vantage College offers a first-year credit-bearing curriculum for international students who need to improve their academic English proficiency. Upon successful completion of their first year in the program, Vantage One students are able to register in the second year of a BA, BSc, BASC or BMGT at UBC. The innovative Vantage One streams in Arts, Engineering, Management and Science integrate new educational technologies and content-course-embedded language instruction coordinated with English for Academic Purposes courses. Vantage College provides a highly dynamic, stimulating as well as demanding teaching and learning environment, and is establishing itself as a place for pedagogical innovation particularly in first year undergraduate programming and English for Academic Purposes instruction. For more information on UBC Vantage College, please see https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca

Qualifications and expected applicant profile

Applicants should (preferably) hold a post-graduate (Master or Doctoral level) degree in English for Academic Purposes, Applied Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second/Additional Language, Second Language Writing or a related discipline.

The ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Substantial experience teaching academic writing to undergraduate students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A minimum of five years of demonstrable successful, full-time English for Academic Purposes instruction at the tertiary level is preferred.
  • A strong educational linguistics background and familiarity with (ideally also with pedagogical experience informed by) the following linguistic orientations: systemic functional linguistics (SFL), the genre-based approaches of the Sydney School or Swales, and/or associated corpus approaches.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment and/or a positive disposition towards working collaboratively in the design of materials, marking calibration sessions, etc.

Additionally, ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for language education as well as awareness of strategies to fully engage students in their (language) learning trajectories.

Application instructions

Applicants should submit the following information and supporting documentation:

(a) a detailed cover letter addressing how the applicant meets specific criteria for the position.
(b) an annotated CV (i.e., including information helpful to understand the courses taught as well as the institutional/teaching contexts);
(c) a statement outlining the applicant’s pedagogical approaches to the teaching of English for academic purposes, focusing primarily on the teaching of academic writing.
(d) evidence or record of teaching effectiveness. (Teaching effectiveness can be demonstrated via the inclusion of sample copies of institutional students evaluations of teaching as well as an overall summary of student evaluations from the different teaching contexts; official/institutional teaching observation reports completed by either a supervisor or qualified colleague).
(e) the names and contact of two referees

Completed application packages should be sent electronically as PDF or Word documents to employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Please indicate in the subject line: UBC Vantage College AEP Sessional Lecturer Position. For enquiries, feel free to contact Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman (AEP Director) at sandra.zappa@ubc.ca.

The application deadline is July 7, 2017, or until the positions are filled

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in July of 2017. Please note that, due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone or by mail, nor can we provide the status of applicants until the hiring process is complete, except to those who are selected for an interview.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Sessional Instructor

UBC Vantage College invites applications for a Sessional Instructor for the academic year 2017-2018, effective September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will teach ASTU 204A: Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies (Inquiry and Evidence in the Humanities), WRDS 150: Research and Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and/or VANT 148: UBC Vantage College Projects. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty in the Vantage One Arts program on curriculum matters.         

The UBC Vantage One program offers academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the requirements for direct admission into UBC a first-year university curriculum in Arts, Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Management. The primary goals of the Vantage One curriculum are (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition into UBC, year two. In the Vantage One Arts program, students undertake a coordinated curriculum that provides instruction in Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, History, and through their ASTU 204A, WRDS 150, and VANT 148 courses, instruction in reasoning, research, and writing in the humanities and social sciences. Students’ learning is also supported by embedded language instruction and English for academic purposes courses.  

For more information about Vantage College, please see: www.vantagecollege.ubc.ca

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Writing Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, Applied Linguistics, or a related field, and must have demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants must also have experience teaching writing from a writing-in-the-disciplines approach and have taught university-level writing courses.  Experience teaching scholarly writing in intercultural contexts and/or for intercultural populations will be considered an asset.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter addressing how the applicant meets the criteria for the position
  2. a Curriculum Vitae that includes the names and contact information of three referees
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy related to the teaching of writing
  4. evidence of teaching excellence and experience (please include teaching evaluations and course syllabi for university-level writing courses developed and/or taught)
  5. a proposed syllabus for WRDS 150 (for information about WRDS 150, please see http://asrw.arts.ubc.ca)    

Completed application packages are to be sent electronically as a PDF document to VC ASTU/WRDS Sessional Committee at employment@vantagecollege.ubc.ca. Please indicate in the subject line: UBC Vantage One ASTU/WRDS Sessional Position.  The application deadline is July 5, 2017.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For other job opportunities with UBC, view the faculty and staff postings on the UBC Careers page.