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Sessional Faculty – Undergraduate: Including Geography & Urban History

University Canada West

  • Posted on: September 16, 2020
  • Expires on: October 1, 2020

Sessional Faculty – Undergraduate

University Canada West

626 West Pender Street

Suite 100,

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6B 1V9

Specific Responsibilities

Faculty will:

  • Create a positive classroom and learning environment through effective student engagement
  • Employ a variety of appropriate teaching/learning strategies
  • Guide class discussions while encouraging debate and feedback by students
  • Employ and further develop skills in academic technology to enhance and support classroom learning
  • Ensure teaching design and methods are in compliance with pedagogical standards
  • Assess student achievement of learning outcomes using a variety of techniques
  • Develop, revise and adapt appropriate learning resources for students
  • Provide academic support to students inside and outside of the classroom (regularly scheduled office hours, email, group study sessions, etc.)
  • Make appropriate student referrals to academic and personal university support programs as and when needed
  • Contribute to high quality curriculum development and revision
  • Maintain contacts with relevant industry and professional associations
  • Attend and participate in department and university faculty meetings pertinent to faculty responsibilities
  • Contribute to professional conferences, seminars, and workshops in your field of expertise
  • Remain current in technical knowledge and instructional delivery techniques
  • Participate in professional development workshops, seminars and training and maintain your own continuing professional development
  • Conduct further research into their specific field of knowledge
  • Depending on expertise, deliver instruction in a range of programs such as in the ACBSP accredited BCom and MBA programs, or in the BA Business Communications or Associate of Arts programs.

Position Requirements

These are sessional positions available teaching courses in the following areas:

  • SOCI 100 Sociology
  • ANTH 102 Introduction to Anthropology
  • PHIL 102 Moral Philosophy
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics
  • GEOG 101 Physical Geography
  • HIST 305 Canadian Urban History

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in anthropology, sociology, history, geography, philosophy, physics or other relevant discipline
  • Willing to use or learn to use, information technology tools as aids to student learning.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in anthropology or sociology
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience in effective teaching at the post-secondary level

Preferred requirements:

  • PhD in the anthropology, sociology, history, geography, philosophy, physics or other relevant discipline
  • Experience teaching in a post-secondary educational institution face-to-face and in the online environment. (minimum of 5 years teaching experience preferred).
  • Experience teaching in an environment with diverse students
  • Track record of scholarly activity in the field
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and in assessing undergraduates’ and graduates’ academic work


  • Professional experience in industry or business an asset
  • Excellence in teaching to diverse audiences
  • Learner centered approach to teaching
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Effective time management skills

Successful applicants will be expected to teach at the undergraduate level in an area in which the applicant has expertise and in which the school has need for course coverage. Further duties may include an academic administration role, such as leading an academic program or centre. This position also includes requests for service (such as committee work and student coaching) within the university.


Sessional faculty receive a competitive salary, generous benefits package, and one paid term off per year.

To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter, and sample syllabi to “jobs@ucanwest.ca


Posted on Sept. 14, 2020.
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