School of Library, Archival and Information Studies – (Lecturer positions)

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS the iSchool@ubc) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) invites applications for two full-time Lecturer positions commencing July 1, 2018. We expect to fill one position for a term of up to three years, and a second position for an initial three-year term. Each position will entail a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments 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.

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. (or to have successfully defended prior to the start date of the appointment) and must provide strong evidence of teaching excellence. Individuals with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach in one or more of the following areas are invited to apply:

  • Digital technologies, including databases and computing, digital preservation, information systems, and digital libraries and collections
  • Librarianship, including public libraries, academic libraries, management of information organizations, and library services.

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for the equivalent of 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments.  In cases where an extraordinary level of additional administrative or service responsibilities are assigned, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. Additional service responsibilities may include curriculum development, student advising, and community outreach. These positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

The School offers a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Master of Archival Studies (MAS), a joint MAS/MLIS, a multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL), and a doctorate in library, archival and information studies leading to the awarding of a Ph.D. The School also offers courses at the undergraduate level in the Bachelor of Media Studies Program.  Further information about the School can be found on its Web site at

The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Applications are to be submitted through the UBC Faculty Careers website at:  Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents in the order listed:

  • A letter of application stating the candidate’s qualifications for the position;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • A teaching portfolio of no more than 5 pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Applicants are required to arrange for 3 signed, confidential letters of reference to be forwarded by March 28, 2018 by email to Enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Heather O’Brien (

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.