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Phonetics (Postdoctoral position)

The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Phonetics, to commence no later than August 1, 2018. The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or expect to have successfully defended prior to the position start date) and must be within five years of having been awarded the PhD degree at the start of the position.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to participate actively in UBC’s Speech in Context Lab directed by Prof. Molly Babel. Expertise in the areas of auditory and acoustic phonetics are required, and interests in social and nonsocial sources of phonetic variation, psycholinguistics, and multilingualism are advantageous. The successful candidate is expected to assist in the direction of the lab as well as the supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be expected to teach three courses: two upper level undergraduate sections of Introduction to Phonetics and Speech Science (LING 313) and the first level graduate phonetics course (LING 508). There will also be opportunities for the Postdoctoral Fellow to interact with UBC colleagues on research and teaching. Information about the Department and faculty research can be found on our website, https://linguistics.ubc.ca. There will be some support for research-associated costs, including conference travel.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research plans, up to 2 sample publications, and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness. Application materials should be submitted online at https://linguistics.ubc.ca/positions/postdoctoral. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Vicki Ferguson, Manager of Administration, Department of Linguistics, The University of British Columbia, ling.admin@ubc.ca.

Completed applications and reference letters must be received by June 1, 2018.  Please include “Phonetics Postdoc Search” in the email subject line. For questions about the position, please contact Professor Molly Babel at molly.babel@ubc.ca.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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.

Wade Davis awarded honorary citizenship in Colombia

Photo credit Xandra Uribe

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to congratulate Dr. Wade Davis for receiving the award of Honorary Citizenship in Colombia.

Wade Davis is a Professor of Anthropology and the B.C. Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at UBC.

He first visited Colombia in 1968 when he was 14 years old, living with a Colombian family in the mountains above Cali.

“In 12 weeks I never once felt homesick,” says Davis. “To the contrary, I felt as if I had finally found home. Colombia became my lens to the entire world, for, in ways impossible to explain, the country allowed me to dream. The warmth of the Colombian people enveloped me as a young boy in a protective cloak of comfort that gave me the confidence and courage to do all that I have done in life. Colombia gave me the wings to fly.”

Davis returned to Colombia as a Harvard botany student and spent three years studying plants and Indigenous cultures in the Amazon. A former “Explorer in Residence” for the National Geographic Society, Davis has travelled the world to live alongside Indigenous people and document their cultural practices in his writing, films and photography. The author of 295 scientific and popular articles and 22 books, Davis has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

Davis was awarded the honorary citizenship on April 12, 2018 by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (watch a video of the ceremony). Davis said it was an honour to receive citizenship from a leader who has “sown the seeds of peace” and “heralded the wonder of the country through the expansion of the parks, the celebration of science and biodiversity, and the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples.”

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Chinese Language, Literature and Film (Lecturer)

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) is accepting applications for a Lecturer in Chinese Language, Literature and Film, commencing July 1, 2018.

This is a full-time position for a term of up to three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.  The workload for this position includes teaching plus service. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate Chinese Language, Literature and Film courses.

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments, based on a 3-3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses in the Summer sessions.

A PhD required but in exceptional circumstances, a Master’s degree in Chinese Literature, Chinese Cinema, or a related field and considerable teaching experience could be considered. The successful candidate is required to have native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and extensive teaching experience at the college/university level in North America.  Strong interest and experience in technology-based and/or content-based instruction and in curriculum development, and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs will be assets.  The successful candidates will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, active engagement in professional development and team-based curriculum design/development of teaching materials, perform instructional responsibilities in coordination with other instructors in parallel sections and other levels, as well as fully participate in program affairs and service.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budetary approval.

The application dossier should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information for three referees. All application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers. The deadline for receipt of application materials is May 13, 2018.

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.

For information about the Department, please visit asia.ubc.ca.

Creative Writing (Lecturers)

The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia is accepting applications for two 12-month Lecturer positions, commencing July 1, 2018 or September 1, 2018. The Lecturer position is a full-time appointment without review (i.e., non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funding and demonstration of excellence in teaching, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The workload for these positions includes teaching plus service.

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments, based on a 3-3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses in the Summer sessions.

Teaching assignments will include on-campus Creative Writing courses, including 200-level lecture courses and/or 400-level BFA workshops.  The successful candidates will contribute to the CRWR Program in an administrative capacity, including liaising with other programs that collaborate with CRWR, participating in program committees related to their area(s) of expertise, and serving on faculty committees charged with evaluating prospective BFA and MFA candidates.

Applicants are expected to have a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, but in exceptional circumstances, the equivalent combination of education and writing and publishing experience will be considered. The successful applicants must have expertise in writing for the stage and screen, graphic forms, and/or creative nonfiction. They must have professional publishing experience, as well as a minimum of 2 years experience and demonstrated success in teaching large lecture classes of an introductory nature, and a demonstrated ability to manage teaching assistants. Experience teaching online courses is also highly desirable.

Applicants should send a letter of application, including a brief statement about pedagogical perspectives on the teaching of Creative Writing, an updated CV that lists post-secondary courses taught, and evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations). In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees to the address below.

Chair, Lecturer Search Committee
Creative Writing Program
University of British Columbia
Buchanan E-462, 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Application materials and reference letters may also be sent electronically to crwr.admin@ubc.ca by: May 10, 2018.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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.