SCIE 113- Science Lecturer Hiring

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Faculty: teaching faculty
SCIE 113- Science Lecturer

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Budget Funded
Job Description
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position, which will be a joint appointment between the Faculty of Science and a home department in the Faculty of Science aligned with the successful candidate's disciplinary expertise. The position will start 1 December 2018 and the initial appointment will be for 1 year. The appointment may be renewed. The successful candidate will: (1) teach two courses in their disciplinary home department, to be determined by that department. The disciplinary home department will be one of: Botany; Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences; Physics & Astronomy; Zoology. (2) teach two sections of SCIE 113: First-Year Seminar in Science ( for UBC Vantage College, and (3) coordinate the multiple sections of SCIE 113. The First Year Seminar in Science (SCIE 113) is an established course in the Faculty of Science. SCIE 113 has an academic Director, who is responsible for the course curriculum. There are (currently) 8 sections of SCIE 113 in Winter Term 1 and another 12-14 sections in Winter Term 2. Sections are taught by instructors from all departments across the Faculty of Science. Coordinating these teaching teams thus requires the Lecturer to provide service to faculty members from all departments in the Faculty of Science. Under the supervision of the SCIE 113 Director, the Lecturer will administer the course, hire TAs, conduct TA and instructor training, create, maintain and update course materials and teaching resources. The responsibilities also include annual reviews of the course design in the light of Course Goals and Learning Objectives, and collection of data to support evaluation of teaching and learning practices. In Winter Term 2, 4-6 of the SCIE 113 sections are for students in UBC's Vantage One Science program ( The Lecturer will teach two of these sections, and will coordinate the Vantage sections in collaboration with the Chair of the Vantage One Science Program. The program 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. 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. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty in the Vantage One Science program on curriculum matters. For more information about the Vantage One Science program, please see Qualifications Applicants must hold a MSc or PhD in a Science discipline compatible with one of the home departments listed above and must have demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence. The following experience is not required but will be considered assets: - Experience with interactive teaching methods and university-level writing courses - Knowledge of the history and philosophy of science. - Course administration experience, particularly providing service, coordination and support to teaching teams - Intermediate to advanced experience with learning technologies, such as learning management systems (Canvas is UBC's current system). - Data collection and analysis skills for educational research, with particular emphasis on qualitative approaches (e.g. surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations) - Supervisory experience (e.g. TA supervision) Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applications should include: 1) a cover letter that addresses how the applicant meets the criteria for the position, how the applicant anticipates approaching both the teaching and course administration duties, and states the candidate's expected home department 2) a Curriculum Vitae that includes the names and contact information of three referees 3) a statement of teaching philosophy including information related to the teaching of scientific writing 4) evidence of teaching excellence and experience (please include teaching evaluations and course syllabi for university-level courses developed, taught, or supported) Completed application packages are to be sent electronically as a PDF document to Lan Luo at Please indicate in the subject line: UBC Faculty of Science & Vantage Lecturer Position. The application deadline is August 31st, 2018. Questions about the position can be directed to Sara Harris at