ASTU401G: Wicked Problems [2017W Term 2]  

Part-time teaching appointment in 2017W Term 2

Applications are invited for a qualified individual to teach the following 3-credit course during the 2017 Winter Session, Term 2 (Jan-Apr 2018):


ASTU 401G 001 – “WICKED” Problems in Community Development

“‘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.”


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:


Applicants are required to have 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.

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, Chair, Wicked Problems Search Committee, and sent electronically to Tamara Baldwin at

Deadline: 11:59pm, November 27, 2017


This position is subject to availability of funds. If a Sessional Lecturer position is offered, the appointment 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. If an Adjunct Professor position is offered, the appointment will be governed by Policy 42 Faculty Term Appointments Without Review.


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.