Wicked Problems (Sessional Lecturer)

November 20, 2020

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a sessional lecturer to teach the following course in Term 2 (January – April 2021).

ASTU 401G – Wicked Problems in Community Development (3 credits) – “WICKED” problems are societal issues that are heavily laden with politics and value judgments; students should graduate knowing how to identify, navigate and participate in solving these complex issues. Focusing upon a case-study situated in India and utilizing the transdisciplinary tools of systems theory, forum theatre, critical systems heuristics, strategic design and, of course, current best practices in international community engagement, this course will engage students in a probing, practice-based dialogue exploring contemporary approaches to the “taming” of “wicked problems” in an international community development context.” This course is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Experiential education components of this course are supported by the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE).

Please be aware that courses scheduled in Term 2 will be taught remotely due to COVID-19. Any synchronous teaching must be done during the scheduled course times. By applying to this position, you are accepting the change in delivery model.

Applicants must hold a terminal degree. Preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary teaching experience, a record that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness, expertise in complexity science including strategic design methodologies, and experience in community engaged change processes.

All applications must include:

  • Brief cover letter outlining your experience for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, if applicable;
  • Contact details of two referees who can speak to your teaching effectiveness.

Please apply directly through our online portal: https://sppga.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=22896

Applications must be submitted online by December 6, 2020.

All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be 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 persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent resident of Canada.