SPPGA Term Instructors (2023 – 2024)

School of Public Policy & Global Affairs Term Instructors (Adjuncts and Sessionals)

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for Adjunct Professors and Sessional Lecturers for the 2023-2024 academic year. The following courses are open for application in Term 1 and/or Term 2 (September 2023 – April 2024). Course schedules listed are preferred instruction time, but may be negotiated. In-person instruction is preferred.

PPGA 500A: Economics for Policy (3.0 Credits) – Fundamental principles of economics applied to public policy and global affairs.

Term 1 | Course schedule TBD

PPGA 504: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3.0 Credits) – Fundamentals of policy analysis and program evaluation for a professional context. Standard tools of policy analysis, risk assessment, and evaluation to design policy interventions and implement monitoring and evaluation systems for effectiveness. Case studies for government, international organizations, and NGOs.

Term 2 | Tuesday/Thursday Mornings

PPGA 506: Public Management (3.0 Credits) – Governmental implementation and delivery of public policy. Variations in international practice, the growing interdependence of governments, firms and non-government organizations. Complexities of multi-level governance including control and accountability of governments.

Term 1 | Mondays 2pm – 5pm

PPGA 509: Communicating Policy (1.5 Credits) – The role of media, especially new media, in effectively communicating policy to stakeholders. Focus on communications formats including written, oral, and multimedia policy communications. Examples include policy briefs, presentations, and intercultural communications.

Term 2 | Wednesday mornings

PPGA 510: Professional Practice in Public Policy and Global Affairs (1.5 Credits) – Analysis of professional practice in policy and global affairs, including potential alignment with personal values, strengths, and education. Development of essential professional skills including teamwork and project management.

Term 1 | Wednesdays 2pm – 5pm

PPGA 514: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (1.5 Credits) – Research design principles and ethics. Methods for qualitative data collection and analysis to inform policy decision making. Focus on participant-observation, interviewing, focus groups, content and gender-based analysis. Restricted to students in the Master of Public and Global Affairs.

Term 2 | Mondays 9am – 12pm

PPGA 521: Development and Institutions (3.0 Credits) – Introduction to macro-level long-term development processes by which societies improve their standards of living. Development theories, historical drivers; present debates; when and how public policies can best enable economic development.

Term 1 | Course schedule flexible

PPGA 522: Development Discourses and Practices (3.0 Credits) – The meaning of development and micro/macro aspects of policy planning and implementation for development. The rise of development thought; assessment of the outcomes of development for different countries and communities.

Term 1 | Course schedule flexible

PPGA 580: Internet and Global Affairs (3.0 Credits) – The impact of Internet on policy and global affairs structural changes to: economy with reduced transaction costs; media through new publishing forms; politics through new structures for collective action; law through limits of privacy and confidentiality; governance through e-government.

Term 2 | Course schedule flexible

PPGA 591G: Special Topics in Public Policy – Global Indigenous Politics (3.0 Credits)

Term 1 or 2 | Course schedule flexible

PPGA 591V: Special Topics in Public Policy – Canadian Indigenous Policy (3.0 Credits)

Term 1 or 2 | Course schedule flexible


Applicants will be asked to include the following in their application:

  • Brief cover letter outlining your experience for the position,
  • Curriculum vitae (CV),
  • Recent evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness,
  • names and contact information for three academic references.


All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The minimum salary (effective 2022W) will be $7962.24 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. 

Application Deadline: June 21, 2023