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University of British Columbia

Instructor – Technical Communication Vantage College (Job Opening ID #25844)

Canada-British Columbia-Kelowna


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As one of the world's leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.  The School of Engineering invites you to join us in achieving UBC's vision.

The Faculty of Applied Science's School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus has assembled world-class faculty and developed an innovative engineering curriculum to offer undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees in Electrical, Civil and Mechanical specializations.  The campus is situated in one of the most scenic and appealing regions in Canada and offers faculty and students an intimate learning environment and exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary and region-centered research.  The School of Engineering is located in a new state-of-the-art building completed in 2011.

The School of Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track Technical Communication teaching position at the rank of Instructor.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in English, Rhetoric, Communication, or related discipline. Individuals with an exceptional interest in undergraduate and graduate technical communication and engineering education are encouraged to apply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.  We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Government regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.”  

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Instructor – Technical Communication (Job Opening ID #25844)

This position provides the rare opportunity to pursue a career at the School of Engineering based on excellence in teaching and educational leadership at the university level, with engagement in innovative curriculum design and pedagogy in a collaborative teaching and learning community. The successful candidate will teach technical communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

While the successful candidate’s academic appointment will be in the School of Engineering to teach communications courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will also dedicate a portion of their workload teaching within the Vantage College program, an enriched first-year program for international students ( UBC Vantage College offers a 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 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 Applied Science, Arts, Management, or Science. Embedded language instruction and English for Academic Purposes courses support students’ learning in all Vantage One programs. Instructors in Vantage College work collaboratively with peers from departments across faculties to develop, implement, and share innovative teaching practices and curricula. Persons hired in this positons would be required to deliver courses each summer.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in English, Rhetoric, Communication, or related discipline, post-secondary experience teaching composition and technical communication, and a proven record of excellence in teaching. Candidates will be expected to collaborate with other programs and departments and be highly engaged in curriculum development, course design, pedagogical innovation, and other teaching and learning initiatives. Applicants must have demonstrated an interest in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, in educational leadership, and in providing service to the University and community. Experience in teaching international students is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, educational leadership, and service. As this is a tenure-track position, 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:

How to Apply –

To apply for this position please visit the link – (search for applicable Job Opening ID#25844)

Applicants should provide Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, list of three Referees.   Preferred format is Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file format. Please declare whether you are legally entitled to work in Canada.  For assistance please contact,

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.   The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2017. All applications will be reviewed; however, hired positions will be subject to budget and UBC Board of Governors' approval.

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Posting Date: 15-Mar-2017Construction/Trade Permanent, Full-Time Open 101-Jul-2017
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