Sociology – (Instructor, tenure-track)

The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Instructor position to be held in the Department of Sociology ( The position offers opportunities for a sociologist to pursue a career in teaching and educational leadership at the university level, with engagement in innovative curriculum design and pedagogy in a collaborative teaching and learning community. This position has been created to support a partnership between the Department of Sociology and Vantage College.

Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort learning program to academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC. Students take courses in one of Vantage College’s four streams (Arts, Science, Engineering, or Management) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage College curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to year two in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Applied Science, or Management. Instructors in Vantage College work with peers from departments across faculties to develop, implement, and share innovative teaching practices and curricula.

The ideal candidate would be a broadly trained sociologist, able to design and teach innovative courses in Sociology. The standard expectation for teaching for educational leadership faculty in the Faculty of Arts is 18 credits per year. The successful candidate is expected to dedicate two-thirds of their teaching towards the Vantage One Arts program in UBC’s Vantage College ( Teaching assignments for Vantage College will include first-year level sociology courses (typically, SOCI 101: Social Interaction and Culture and SOCI 102: Inequality and Social Change). Teaching assignments for the Sociology Department may also include more senior undergraduate Sociology courses, and thus an ability to teach several 300- and 400-level courses would be expected. For information on the range of course offerings, visit:

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. before commencing the position and experience teaching undergraduate courses in sociology. Individuals with strong, demonstrable commitments to achieving excellence in teaching and academic supervision of undergraduate students, as well as to making substantial contributions to curriculum development and course design, are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching international undergraduate students, engaging with professional associations that support Sociology education, as well as experience with research in pedagogy, Sociology curriculum development, and integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into the curriculum are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, educational leadership, and service across both units. Service will include responsibility for some administrative work related to the undergraduate programs in both units.

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 between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: For information about educational leadership at UBC, visit:

The expected starting date is July 1, 2018. Applicants should apply through the UBC faculty careers website and be prepared to upload the following documents in the order listed: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and orientation, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as course outlines and student evaluations), and a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to integrating consideration of diversity into their teaching practice, along with their ability to work with an international student body. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted directly by their referees via email to soci.head(at), with the applicant’s name and “Instructor position” in the subject line. All application materials and reference letters should be submitted by March 19, 2018. Review of applications will begin soon after March 19 and will continue until the position is filled.

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; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.