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Current positions within Vantage College are described below. For additional opportunities within UBC, please view the faculty and staff postings on the UBC Careers page.

Vantage One Science, Sessional Lecturer Position: First-Year Seminar in Science (SCIE 113)

UBC Vantage College invites applications for one Sessional Lecturer position in the 2022-2023 academic year in the Vantage One Science program:

One section of SCIE 113: First-Year Seminar in Science, to be taught in Winter term 2 (scheduled on M,W,F; the exact time has not yet been confirmed, but candidates should be available for one hour between 12:00-2:00 pm)

UBC Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort program to academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC degrees.

Students take courses in one of Vantage College’s two streams (Science or Engineering) before transferring into second year in their degree program.

The primary goals of the Vantage College curriculum are:
(1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and
(2) to maximize students’ successful transition to Year Two in the Faculties of Science or Applied Science.

In the Vantage One Science program, students take a coordinated curriculum that provides instruction in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and electives in computational and/or physical science, in addition to SCIE 113. Students’ learning is also supported by embedded language instruction and English for academic purposes courses. For more information about the Vantage One Science program, please see

Teaching duties

SCIE 113 “First-Year Seminar in Science”, explores science as a comprehensive way of knowing. Classes involve debates, discussions and other activities to investigate what science is, how it is done and how it impacts daily life. The course introduces students to scientific writing: how to effectively use empirical evidence to support arguments, how to write clearly and concisely and how to cite evidence properly, in addition to how to look critically at arguments made by others.

Duties include lesson planning, teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, providing feedback, reporting grades, and attending planning meetings and program meetings as needed. Successful applicants will work closely with the Chair of the Vantage One Science Program, and other members of the instructional team at UBC Vantage College in a highly collaborative environment.


Applicants must hold a MSc. Or Ph.D. in a Science discipline and must have demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence. Experience with interactive teaching methods, university-level writing courses, or the History and Philosophy of Science is an asset.

Application instructions

The following application materials must be sent electronically (as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file-naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email with the subject heading “Vantage One Science, Sessional Lecturer- SCIE 113” to the following address:

Review of applications will begin October 25, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled.

 (1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position and your teaching availability,
(2) curriculum vitae, including a list of all post-secondary courses taught, indicating credit value of each,
(3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available, and/or a statement of teaching philosophy,
(4) names and contact information of two referees.

The salary for these Sessional Lecturer positions will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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.