Portuguese (75% part-time Lecturer)

August 16, 2022

The Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a part-time Lecturer position in Portuguese. The start date is expected to be either January 1, 2023 or May 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be responsible primarily for teaching a variety of undergraduate courses on Portuguese Language, and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures. Portuguese language will form the core of the teaching duties. Other responsibilities may include: curriculum development; advising undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying Portuguese abroad; organizing visits by authors and guest lecturers as a potential supplement to Portuguese course offerings; contributing to the Department’s cultural activities; and helping to promote and develop Portuguese Studies at the University as a whole.

The holder of the lectureship will teach six 3-credit courses each academic year, ordinarily scheduled during the Winter session (September-April) and the first Summer session (May-June), as assigned by the Head of the Department. The six-course (18-credit) teaching load aligns with a 75% part-time Lectureship appointment in the Faculty of Arts.

This is an appointment for an initial term of up to three years, with possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.

Requirements: university degree equivalent to a Canadian PhD in literary or cultural studies with a strong focus on Portuguese. Candidates must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills in Portuguese, as well as high proficiency in oral and written English, and must be able to demonstrate competence in second-language pedagogy, technology-assisted instruction, and knowledge of current issues and methods in teaching Portuguese as a second language. A good understanding of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) teaching and assessment practices is an asset. Candidates with a PhD obtained at a Portuguese university are encouraged to apply.

Additional information about the UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies may be found at https://fhis.ubc.ca.

Applications are to be submitted before September 20, 2022 via this online form:


Applicants should be prepared to upload in the following order and in a single PDF (max size 15MB): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and student evaluations and other evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also provide a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and their contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion. Only completed applications will be considered by the search committee.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees, by the application deadline, via email to fhis.search@ubc.ca with the subject line “Lecturer position in Portuguese.” Enquiries may be made to the Chair of the Search Committee at fhis.search@ubc.ca.

Review of applications will begin soon after September 20, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.