Job Opportunity: Instructor, Communications, Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Applications are invited for a joint faculty position at the Instructor level in the Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. This is a tenure-track position in the educational leadership stream, which has an expectation of educational leadership including, but not limited to, innovation and enhancements to student teaching, learning, and assessment that has impact beyond the candidate’s classroom, department, discipline, and/or institution, as appropriate (see Section 3.1 of the Guide to Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Procedures at UBC).  The anticipated start date is May 1, 2020.

Required qualifications

A minimum of a Master’s degree (PhD preferred), and evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching are required for this appointment. Preference will be given to energetic and visionary candidates who show accomplishments or promise in the following areas:

  • Experience or familiarity communicating scientific content relevant to the undergraduate majors in the Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems
  • Teaching of written communication skills including science, public, and business communication
  • Teaching English to EFL students
  • Development and teaching of discipline-specific or customized communication skills courses

Position details

In addition to the educational leadership and service components of the Instructor position, responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching the first-year foundational writing courseLFS/FRST 150 Scholarly Writing and Argumentation to students in both Faculties
  • Overseeing curriculum and coordinating additional sections of the course taught by other instructors to ensure consistent learning outcomes and standards
  • Developing a scaffolding strategy for communications components for courses in both Faculties
  • Potentially developing senior level communications courses in both Faculties
  • Potentially teaching communications courses with partner universities in China

How to apply

Applications should be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page. Applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching dossier; 4: statement of educational leadership; 5) names and contact information of three references.

The application deadline is September 30, 2019. Specific questions about the application process should be directed to Dr. Jeanine Rhemtulla, Co-Chair of the Search Committee. Please do not send applications by email.

CASDW/ACR 2019 Final Program

We hope that you will all join us in Vancouver for CASDW/ACR 2019! The full program can be found here.

Circles of Writing Studies

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Orchid Commons (

June 1 – 3, 2019

Plenary: Andrea Lunsford, “What’s Talk Got to Do with It: Rethinking the Writing/Speaking Relationship”

Closing Plenary: Anthony Paré, “Circles of Influence: A Tribute to Some Thoughts and Thinkers”

Full Program PDF

Brief Schedule

Day One: Saturday, June 1, 2019

9:00–9:20       Welcome
9:30–12:45     Sessions
12:45–2:00     Lunch
2:00–5:15       Sessions
Day Two: Sunday, June 2, 2019
8:30–10:00     Sessions
10:15–11:45   Plenary
11:45–1:30     Lunch/Mentoring Lunch & Walk
1:30–4:45       Sessions
5:00–7:00       CASDW/ACR Dinner
Day Three: Monday, June 3, 2019
9:00–10:00     Closing Plenary
10:15–11:30   Multi-Organization Forum
11:30–12:15   Reception
12:15–2:00     CASDW/ACR Meeting



Job Opportunity: University of Calgary, Instructor, Communication and Media Studies

The Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary invites applications for an Instructor (3-year limited term) in the area of Communication and Media Studies. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2019. The application can be found here.

They are seeking a scholar who will have the primary responsibility of teaching Communication and Media Studies at the undergraduate level in the program’s core areas (Communication and Media history, theory, and research methods), in addition to areas of specialization. Teaching expertise in the following areas will be valuable: critical media studies; global media; professional communications (including public relations). Ability to teach courses in indigenous media, visual communication, or film studies would be an asset. The teaching duties for this position consist of seven courses distributed over three academic semesters. As part of their responsibilities, the incumbent will be expected to participate in the development of courses within the department, be involved with the extra-curricular events on campus and within the broader community with the goal to sustain a vibrant program. Mentorship of students and service to the department, faculty, and university is also expected.

The preferred candidate will hold a PhD in Communication, Media Studies, or a closely related field. The incumbent will have experience teaching at the university level and will demonstrate the potential for pedagogical innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching.

The Department of Communication, Media and Film is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration.

All applications must be received by June 7, 2019.

Job Opportunity: UBC Vantage College, Lecturer, Arts Studies in Research and Writing

UBC Vantage College invites applications for a Lecturer position in Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW) with the UBC Vantage One Arts program. The application deadline is noon on May 17, 2019.

About UBC Vantage College and Position Details

Vantage College at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a part-time (80%), one-year, non-tenure-track Lecturer position in the field of Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW) to start August 1, 2019. This position offers opportunities to engage in innovative curriculum design and pedagogy in collaborative teaching and learning communities. As a term appointment without review, this one-year position can be renewed upon demonstration of excellence in teaching as defined in Article 4.02 in Part 4 (Conditions of Appointment for Faculty) of the UBC Collective Agreement 2016-2019.

The successful candidate will be expected to dedicate their teaching and service workload to ASRW courses in the Vantage One Arts program. ASRW courses introduce students to the discursive practices of social science and humanities disciplines. 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 three programs (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.

The successful candidate will work closely with Vantage College colleagues in Arts to develop, implement, and share innovative teaching practices and curricula. The successful candidate can expect to teach the following courses, taught by ASRW faculty in Vantage College:

  • ASTU 204A (Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies: Inquiry and Evidence in the Humanities and Social Sciences), 3 sections;
  • WRDS 150 (Research and Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences), 3 sections.

This part-time (80%) Lecturer position involves a teaching load of 18 credits (i.e., six 3-credit courses), plus 1 credit of teaching-related activities such as curriculum development (May-June 2020), plus service.

Qualifications and Expected Applicant Profile

Applicants will have a doctorate in a relevant field, including writing and discourse studies, composition, rhetoric, applied linguistics, language and literacy studies, or equivalent experience teaching academic writing in university environments in a way that is informed by current theories in writing pedagogy. Evidence of teaching excellence is required. Evidence of successful team building, collaboration, and curriculum development is an asset, as is a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Application Instructions

The following application materials must be sent electronically (as separate.pdf files, using this file naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email by noon on the application deadline: May 17, 2019.

  1. a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position,
  2. curriculum vitae, including a list of all post-secondary courses taught, indicating credit value of each,
  3. a teaching dossier including,
    1. statement of teaching philosophy related to the teaching of writing (1-2 pages max.),
    2. evidence of teaching effectiveness and success in post-secondary teaching of writing (e.g., student evaluations of teaching and/or reports of peer review of teaching if available), and
    3. proposed syllabus for WRDS 150 and, if applicable, other syllabi for writing and discourse studies courses taught. For more information about WRDS 150, please see

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent by their referees to the same email address noted above by the stated deadline. The starting salary for the position 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.