Instructor (tenure track) in Communications

Instructor (tenure track) in Communications

Joint Appointment in Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Applications are invited for a joint faculty position at the Instructor level in the Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. This is a tenure-track position in the educational leadership stream, which has an expectation of educational leadership including, but not limited to, innovation and enhancements to student teaching, learning, and assessment that has impact beyond the candidate’s classroom, department, discipline, and/or institution, as appropriate (see Section 3.1 of The anticipated start date is May 1, 2020.

A minimum of a Master’s degree (PhD preferred), and evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching are required for this appointment. Preference will be given to energetic and visionary candidates who show accomplishments or promise in the following areas:

  • Experience or familiarity communicating scientific content relevant to the undergraduate majors in the Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems
  • Teaching of written communication skills including science, public, and business communication
  • Teaching English to EFL students
  • Development and teaching of discipline-specific or customized communication skills courses

In addition to the educational leadership and service components of the Instructor position, responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching the first-year foundational writing course – LFS/FRST 150 Scholarly Writing and Argumentation to students in both Faculties
  • Overseeing curriculum and coordinating additional sections of the course taught by other instructors to ensure consistent learning outcomes and standards
  • Developing a scaffolding strategy for communications components for courses in both Faculties
  • Potentially developing senior level communications courses in both Faculties
  • Potentially teaching communications courses with partner universities in China

UBC is ranked 15th in the world in ‘Agriculture and Forestry’ in the recently released 2019 QS rankings, which places it highest in Canada. The Faculty of Forestry, one of the largest such faculties in the world, runs five undergraduate degrees (with a sixth about to be introduced in 2019). The Faculty of Land and Food Systems has four undergraduate degree programs, which span the food systems, from primary production to human health. The undergraduate population of the two faculties across all years is approximately 2700. The position provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class instructors and researchers in both Faculties.

Applications should be made through the University of British Columbia’s Human Resources online careers page: ( Applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching dossier; 4: statement of educational leadership; 5) names and contact information of three references. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. Specific questions about the application process should be directed to: Dr. Jeanine Rhemtulla, Co-Chair of the Search Committee ( Please do not send applications by email.

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 BC 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.