Writing and Research in the Disciplines (Sessional Lecturers)

Feb 10, 2021

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media – Sessional Lecturers for WRDS 150 Summer 2021 & Winter 2021/22 (T1 & T2)

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media (JWAM) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, invites applications for full- or part-time sessional lectureships to teach sections of WRDS 150: Writing and Research in the Disciplines (3 credits) in the following:

2021 Summer session:

  • Term 1: May 10 – June 17, 2021
  • Term 2: July 5 – August 12, 2021

and 2021/2022 Winter session:

  • Term 1: Sept 7 – Dec 22, 2021
  • Term 2: Jan 10 – April 27, 2022

There are a number of sections available, primarily sections of WRDS 150B (non-Arts); however, the final number of sections offered is subject to enrolment.

We offer distinct sections for students registered in the Faculty of Arts (WRDS 150A) and students in non-Arts faculties (WRDS 150B). Each section of WRDS 150 will enroll a maximum of 30 students and will take a writing-in-the-disciplines approach to reading and writing, with relevant representation from disciplines including STEM, the social sciences, commerce, humanities, and creative and performing arts.

Successful applicants will have a doctorate in a relevant field (including writing and discourse studies, rhetoric, applied language studies, communications) OR a doctorate and significant experience teaching academic writing in university settings (this teaching should be informed by current writing theory). Relevant training and/or experience in business and technical writing and/or science communication would be an asset. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Jonathan Otto at jonathan.otto@ubc.ca.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following documents:

If you are currently a sessional lecturer teaching WRDS 150:

  • a letter of application indicating your availability and scheduling preferences for summer (if desired) and winter, including any information relevant to your scheduling needs and preferences (e.g., number of sections, back-to-back sections, evening sections, Arts,/non-Arts/both).
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • Your current full syllabus for WRDS 150A or B.

The Committee will consult UBC student evaluations of teaching.

If you are not currently teaching WRDS 150:

  • A letter of application explaining how your research and teaching background qualifies you for the position. Please indicate availability in Summer and Winter terms and include any information relevant to your scheduling needs and preferences (e.g., number of sections, back-to-back sections, evening sections, Arts (WRDS 150A) or non-Arts (WRDS 150B) or willingness to teach either.
  • A curriculum vitae (please detail postsecondary teaching experience, including credit value of each course)
  • A sample course outline for a section of WRDS 150B (for non-Arts students): include course description, list of sample texts, learning outcomes, and descriptions of sample assignments.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy as it relates to the teaching of writing (maximum 500 words)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (student teaching evaluations and peer evaluations if available)
  • Names and contact information for 3 academic references
Application materials must be submitted online as .pdf files. Please follow the instructions provided on the application webpage: https://jwam.ubc.ca/about/job-opportunities/. Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2021, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval and are governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The current minimum salary is $7,806.12 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.