Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture (Instructor, tenure-track)


The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses in Hindi and Urdu language and culture.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in both Hindi and Urdu; a Ph.D. in Hindi and/or Urdu Language and Linguistics, Hindi and/or Urdu Language and Literature, Hindi and/or Urdu Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational skills; evidence of excellent teaching ability in Hindi and/or Urdu at the post-secondary level in North America and experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in program coordination, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners in fields like Hindi-Urdu performing arts, cinema, or popular culture are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended prior to July 1, 2018). The normal teaching load of an Instructor is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to third-year undergraduate courses. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian fields of teaching and research, and especially with professorial faculty in Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, complete transcripts of one’s post-secondary education, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also prepare two sample teaching videos (preferably one each for Hindi and Urdu), uploaded to YouTube as private videos, with links sent as part of their application submission.


In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) sent by the same deadline to the email address below.


Other hiring information:

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.


The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2017. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2018.


All application materials should be submitted electronically to asia.jobsearch@ubc.ca.


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.