Job Posting || Sessional Lecturer Positions, UBC Vantage College


Academic English Program – Sessional Lecturer opportunities

The Academic English Program at UBC Vantage College invites applications for Sessional Lecturer positions(s) in the Winter 2017‐2018 academic year (September – December; January ­‐April).

The application deadline is July 7, 2017 or until the positions are filled

The successful applicant(s) will teach one or multiple sections of the following courses:
• LLED 200 ­‐ Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers (3 credits)
• LLED 201 ‐ Critical Reading and Writing in Academic and Professional Registers (3 credits)

Each section has an expected enrollment of 15 students. LLED 200 is offered in either BA, BSc, BMgt, or BASc streams, while LLED 201 is offered in either BSc or BASc streams. For more information about each stream, please visit­‐overview .

Teaching duties

Duties include lesson planning, teaching, holding regular office and tutoring hours, marking assignments, providing feedback, contributing to materials development, reporting grades, attending weekly course planning meetings and monthly program meetings, and participating in program activities (as applicable).

Successful applicants will work closely with the Director of the Academic English Program and other members of the instructional team at UBC Vantage College in a highly collaborative environment.


About UBC Vantage College

UBC Vantage College offers a first-­‐year credit-­‐bearing curriculum for international students who need to improve their academic English proficiency. Upon successful completion of their first year in the program, Vantage One students are able to register in the second year of a BA, BSc, BASC or BMGT at UBC. The innovative Vantage One streams in Arts, Engineering, Management and Science integrate new educational technologies and content-­‐course-­‐embedded language instruction coordinated with English for Academic Purposes courses. Vantage College provides a highly dynamic, stimulating as well as demanding teaching and learning environment, and is establishing itself as a place for pedagogical innovation particularly in first year undergraduate programming and English for Academic Purposes instruction. For more information on UBC Vantage College, please see


Qualifications and expected applicant profile

Applicants should (preferably) hold a post-­‐graduate (Master or Doctoral level) degree in English for Academic Purposes, Applied Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second/Additional Language, Second Language Writing or a related discipline.

The ideal candidates will have the following:

• Substantial experience teaching academic writing to undergraduate students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A minimum of five years of demonstrable successful, full-­‐time English for Academic Purposes instruction at the tertiary level is preferred.
• A strong educational linguistics background and familiarity with (ideally also with pedagogical experience informed by) the following linguistic orientations: systemic functional linguistics (SFL), the genre-­‐based approaches of the Sydney School or Swales, and/or associated corpus approaches.
• Experience working in a collaborative environment and/or a positive disposition towards working collaboratively in the design of materials, marking calibration sessions, etc.

Additionally, ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for language education as well as awareness of strategies to fully engage students in their (language) learning trajectories.


Application instructions

Applicants should submit the following information and supporting documentation:

(a) a detailed cover letter addressing how the applicant meets specific criteria for the position.
(b) an annotated CV (i.e., including information helpful to understand the courses taught as well as the institutional/teaching contexts);
(c) a statement outlining the applicant’s pedagogical approaches to the teaching of English for academic purposes, focusing primarily on the teaching of academic writing.
(d) evidence or record of teaching effectiveness. (Teaching effectiveness can be demonstrated via the inclusion of sample copies of institutional students evaluations of teaching as well as an overall summary of student evaluations from the different teaching contexts; official/institutional teaching observation reports completed by either a supervisor or qualified colleague).
(e) the names and contact of two referees

Completed application packages should be sent electronically as PDF or Word documents to Please indicate in the subject line: UBC Vantage College AEP Sessional Lecturer Position. For enquiries, feel free to contact Dr. Sandra Zappa-­‐Hollman (AEP Director) at

The application deadline is July 7, 2017, or until the positions are filled.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in July of 2017. Please note that, due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone or by mail, nor can we provide the status of applicants until the hiring process is complete, except to those who are selected for an interview.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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