ASTU 401H and 401I: Community-based research courses

Part-time sessional teaching, 2017 Winter Term 2 and 2018 Summer

Applications are invited for a qualified individual to teach the following 3-credit courses during the 2017 Winter Session, Term 2 (Jan-Apr 2018) and 2018 summer session (May-August 2018):


ASTU 401H: Community-based Research through International Partnerships: Methods (3 credits) – 2017 Winter session, Term 2

“This course provides an overview of research in the social sciences, informed by postcolonial, post-development scholarship. Focus will be given to participatory approaches that decentre the researcher by emphasizing the collaborative nature of working with community partners. We will begin by exploring issues that accompany the production of knowledge, including the operation of power through research relationships. In the international context power operates through North-South relations conditioned by histories of colonialism and imperialism. With these relations I mind, this course will introduce techniques, methods, and tools for collaborative research in cross-cultural contexts. Our goal is to identify research practices that decolonize knowledge-seeking in order to promote social justice.”


ASTU 401I: Community-based Research through International Partnerships: Practical Applications (3 credits) – 2018 Summer session

“This course provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in community-based research promoting social change, in this case through collaboration with an international community partner. Although ‘research’ is our focus, this course is not about you as a researcher, or about your research project. Rather, ASTU 401I explores how social research can be employed in projects for community-based development where international partnerships for reciprocal learning are at the centre. Only students who have successfully completed ASTU 401H, and who meet requirements set by the ISL Program, are eligible to enroll in ASTU 401I.”


For further information about this course, visit the website of the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) in the Faculty of Arts at: and to consult the course schedule, visit:

We seek applicants with a PhD in a relevant degree program, but will also consider those who have attained candidacy. Preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary teaching experience, a record that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness, expertise in community based research methodologies, international development, community engagement and experience with international service learning pedagogy.

To apply, please provide: a letter of application; an updated CV, which includes a record of teaching experience and a detailed list of all post-secondary courses taught including name, length, credit value, and teaching responsibilities; a sample outline; and evidence of teaching effectiveness.


In addition, applicants should arrange to have two (2) confidential letters of reference sent directly from the referees to the same email address and by the same deadline noted below.


Application materials and reference letters should be addressed to Dr. Sunaina Assanand, Community-based Research through International Partnerships Search Committee, and sent electronically to Tamara Baldwin at


Deadline: 11:59pm, November 27, 2017


This position is subject to availability of funds and student enrolment. Sessional Lecturer appointments will be governed by UBC’s Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers, which carries a minimum salary of $6,779 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. You are invited to indicate (on your CV or in your letter of application) whether you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.