Sessional Lecturer (Horticultural Techniques)

Sessional Lecturer (Horticultural Techniques)

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada is seeking applications for a Sessional Lecturer position, from January 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Applicants must have a Master Degree or PhD in a related field, be familiar with plant growth & development (that can be manipulated for horticultural goals), be up to date with current specialized crop production techniques, propagation & greenhouse crop maintenance, and the fundamental principles that underlie them, and have demonstrated ability to teach at the university level. Experience with organizing and supervising student projects is an asset. The Faculty of Land and Food Systems uses student-centered learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society (

The successful applicant will be expected to teach a 4-credit third-year undergraduate level course, APBI 322: Horticultural Techniques. This course provides a general broad overview of the key temperate fruit, vegetable, greenhouse & ornamental nursery crops in BC, integrated with scientific and practical aspects of their sustainable production and marketing. Emphasis is placed on the set-up and hands-on applications such as propagation (including budding/grafting), pruning (e.g. fruit/nursery-landscape systems), mixing soil/artificial media and balancing fertilizers/nutrients levels (includes the use of hydroponics and tissue culture). These horticulture techniques will be suitable/adaptable for use in diverse crop systems (garden, orchard, nursery and glasshouse). Some consideration will be given to the anatomical/physiological plant processes being affected/manipulated by the techniques used (e.g. altered source-sink relations, plant hormones, callus growth, adventitious root development etc).

The course involves lectures, guest lectures, labs, field trips, and a greenhouse project. At the current time, with Covid-19, it is not known if Term 2 at UBC will be taught on-line. We are currently at the Stage 2 Research Resumption plan, which will allow for greenhouse use by small groups of students for teaching purposes. As the Research Resumption Plan may revert to Stage 1 (researchers only) at any time, the Sessional Lecturer will need to develop on-line alternative delivery methods for the course and may need to change the course structure. The Sessional Lecturer is responsible for delivery of course material, arranging office hours to meet with students, consultation with teaching assistants and/or markers, design and/or adaptation of questions for assignments and exams, and assignment of grades.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Review of applications will begin on August 31, 2020 until the position is filled. Please send applications (CV with cover letter) to the attention of:

Professor Sue Grayston, Applied Biology Program Director
Faculty of Land & Food Systems
The University of British Columbia

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