African Studies (Sessional Lecturer)

24 Jan, 2019

The African Studies Minor program at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) is accepting applications for a part-time sessional lecturer to teach the following course:

2019 WINTER TERM 2 (January to April 2020)

AFST 450R – African diasporic culture in Canadian society, fostering dialogue with members of African Canadian communities on cultural values, traditions, memory, adaptation and change

Course Description: This 3-credit course combines the study of historical evidence of the presence of African diasporic culture in Canadian society, reflection on the notion African diaspora and on various ways in which that notion has been viewed by political and cultural theorists, and the fostering of dialogue with members of African Canadian communities on cultural values, traditions, memory, adaptation and change. Students are encouraged not only to apply their classroom-based learning to their dialogue with members of African Canadian communities but also to challenge theoretical models and preconceived notions through the experience of discussing those models and notions with individuals, families and groups.

Scheduled: 2019W Term 2 (January – April 2020) Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00

Applicants must have a PhD (or be ABD in good standing – all PhD requirements except for the dissertation) in a related area. Preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary teaching experience and a record that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness in this or related fields, with particular emphasis on demonstrated links to African Canadian and/or diasporic communities.

Applicants must be eligible to teach under Policy 75 ( and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ Permission to Teach ( Please also indicate if you are employed elsewhere on campus.

Applicants should include with their letter of application:

  • a C.V., which includes a record of experience and a detailed list of all post-secondary courses taught(course name and number, length, credit value, dates, and teaching responsibilities)
  • a sample outline for this course
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., teaching evaluations, if available)
  • two confidential letters of reference emailed directly to the program by the referees

Applications and reference letters should be sent via email to with the subject line: “AFST 450R” by March 1, 2019.

For more information on the African Studies Minor program please visit:

For questions regarding the course, please contact Dr. Suzanne James at 

All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Faculty Members.” The current minimum salary is $6,915 per 3-credit course.

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.