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Vantage One Arts, Sessional Lecturer Position: Vantage College Multidisciplinary Research Projects (VANT 149)

UBC Vantage College invites applications for one or more Sessional Lecturer position(s) in Summer (May-July 2020) in the Vantage One Arts program:

five sections of VANT 149 (5 X 1 cr) to be taught in Summer term 1 (May- July, 2020).

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, 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 Arts, Science, or Applied Science.

For more information about the Vantage One Arts 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 lesson planning, teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, providing feedback, and reporting grades. Successful applicants will work closely with the Chair of the Vantage Arts One Program Committee and other members of the instructional team at UBC Vantage College in a highly collaborative environment.


Applicants will have a doctorate or be doctoral candidates (ABD) in a relevant discipline or field in the Social Sciences or Humanities. Evidence of expertise in social science research methods is required. 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

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 Arts, Sessional Lecturer- VANT 149” to the following address:

Review of applications will begin March 4, 2020. 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.

Academic Director

Applications are invited from tenured faculty for the position of Academic Director, UBC Vantage College. The deadline for applications is December 23, 2019.

Reporting to the Principal of the college, this full-time position has an initial, renewable appointment of three years. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Vantage College is a Senate-approved unit currently offering an enriched first-year experience for international students admitted to Arts, Engineering and Science programs. Those enrolled in the Vantage One program experience an innovative first-year curriculum that includes embedded academic English instruction.

The Academic Director provides academic leadership, planning and implementation oversight for the Vantage One program. They are responsible for overseeing all curriculum development and renewal of existing program streams with a view to continuous improvements. The Academic Director also works with UBC’s departments and Faculties identify and appoint faculty members to teach in the college; represents the college on campus-wide and Senate committees related to curriculum, academic requirements and academic policy; and interacts and consults regularly with the Director of the Academic English Program, Program chairs, and staff. In addition, the successful candidate has the capacity to teach in the Vantage One program.

For the full job posting and details on how to apply, please visit the VPA website.