Call for Applications: Sessional Lecturers for Winter Session 2024-25


The department will begin reviewing applications on February 12th and will accept applications until February 19th. 

The Department of Political Science invites applications to teach in the courses and terms:

  • Winter Term 1: Sept 2024-Dec 2024
  • Winter Term 2: Jan 2025-April 2025.

Applicants may apply for more than one session, and must specify which session(s) and term(s) they wish to teach. Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. and experience in teaching at the college or university level, but applicants without a Ph.D. who are ABD will also be considered. The minimum salary for a 3-credit course in the Faculty of Arts is currently $9,280.71.

All positions are subject to funding and are governed by UBC’s “Agreement and Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. 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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

2024/25 Winter Session Courses

  • POLI 100 – Introduction to Politics (Term 1)
  • POLI 101 – Introduction to Canadian Politics (Terms 1 and 2)
  • POLI 302 – Public Administration (Term 1)
  • POLI 303 – Federalism in Canada (Term 1)
  • POLI 308 – Issues in Canadian Politics (Term 2)
  • POLI 333 – Issues in Comparative Politics (Term 2)
  • POLI 338 – Politics and Development (Terms 1 and 2)
  • POLI 341 – Contemporary Political Theory (Term 1)
  • POLI 348 – Political Theory and Public Policy (Term 1)
  • POLI 350 – Public Policy (Term 2)
  • POLI 360 – Security Studies (Term 2)
  • POLI 362 – The Great Powers and International Politics (Term 1)
  • POLI 365 – Asian International Relations (Term 1)
  • POLI 369 – Issues in International Security (Terms 1 and 2)
  • POLI 371 – Humanitarian Engineering: Politics and Practice (Term 1)
  • POLI 405 – Topics in Canadian Politics (Term 1)
  • POLI 422 – Selected Problems in Comparative Politics (Term 2)
  • POLI 423 – Issues in Comparative Politics (Term 1)
  • POLI 449 – Topics in Political Theory (Terms 1 and 2)
  • POLI 462 – International Relations Theory (Term 1)
  • POLI 464 – Problems in International Relations (Terms 1 and 2)

All applicants should apply only through the Political Science Department’s Internal Resources website at form link here.

Returning Applicants: those who have taught for us in the last five years, can simply

  1. Select the courses listed on the online application form that you are interested in teaching, including the session(s) and term(s) you wish to teach.
  2. Upload an updated curriculum vitae.

New Applicants: should provide the following application materials:

  1. Select the courses listed on the online application form that you are interested in teaching, including the session(s) and term(s) you wish to teach.
  2. Upload an updated curriculum vitae. The c.v. must include a list of post-secondary courses taught at UBC and elsewhere.
  3. And upload the following application materials (in the following order, collated into a single PDF file):
    • a letter of application, including a statement on experience and/or potential for teaching a diverse student population
    • teaching evaluations
    • transcript of your academic record if you do not yet hold a Ph.D.

For further information on the sessional program, please contact Jeff Yupitun, Assistant to the Department Head, at

Decisions on course offerings will be made once the department has reviewed recent enrolments and assessed student demand. Because of budgetary constraints, the number of positions available is limited. Decisions for 2024 Winter will be announced by March 15, 2024.



Important Dates for the 2024/25 Winter Session


Term 1


Term 1

Start Tue, Sep 3 Mon, Jan 6
Mid-term break Nov 11-13 Feb 17-21
Finish Fri, Dec 6 Tues, Apr 8
Teaching days 63 62
Exams start Tues, Dec 10 Sat, Apr 12
Exams finish Sat, Dec 21 Sun, Apr 27