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Vantage One Science: VANT 149 Sessional Lecturer, Summer Term (UBC-Vancouver campus) 

UBC Vantage College invites applications for (a) Sessional Lecturer position(s) in the Vantage One Science program:

two sections of VANT 149 (1 cr) to be taught in Summer 2019 (May 6 – July 5).

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 four streams (Arts, Science, Engineering, or Management) 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 Arts, Science, Applied Science, or Management.

For more information about the Vantage One Science program, please see

Teaching duties

VANT 149, “Multidisciplinary Research Project,” is the course in which students carry out a small individual or group research project leading to the Vantage College Capstone Conference in July, in which they present their research via posters or oral presentations.

Duties include meeting with students in their project groups, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, providing feedback, reporting grades, and participating in the students’ final conference on July 15 and 16, 2019.

Successful applicants will work closely with the Chair of the Vantage Science One Program Committee and other members of the instructional team at UBC Vantage College in a highly collaborative environment. Some coordination with instructors and students of VANT 148, “Vantage College Projects,” will be required in March/April; this additional work will be compensated via a separate honorarium.

Please note that the syllabus and many of the course materials and assignments have been developed.


Applicants will have a masters, a doctorate, or be doctoral candidates (ABD) in a relevant discipline or field in Science. Evidence of teaching excellence is an asset, as is evidence of experience working in a team.

The ideal candidates will also have:

• experience teaching undergraduate students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and

• experience working in a collaborative environment and/or a positive disposition towards working collaboratively in the design of materials, educational innovation, etc.

Application instructions

Review of applications will begin on February 22 but the position will remain open until filled. 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 to the following address:

(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.

For questions about this positions, please contact

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.