UBC Political Science is looking to fill up to two Lecturer positions

The Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications from scholars with expertise in any field of Political Science. We seek to fill, at the rank of Lecturer, up to two full-time positions, depending on the successful candidate(s)’ alignment with teaching needs of the Department and subject to availability of funding.

The Lecturer will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate level including Introduction to Politics, other lower-level survey courses, and courses in their field of specialization based on the teaching needs of the Department. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023, with appointment for a term of up to three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are non-tenure-track appointments, renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. In the Faculty of Arts, the workload for a full-time Lecturer position includes teaching eight (3-credit) courses per year plus service responsibilities. In cases where extraordinary additional service responsibilities are assigned by the Head, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A completed Ph.D. in Political Science is required by the start date of the appointment. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong record of effective teaching with success across a variety of courses, and the ability to engage a range of students through innovative teaching techniques that take into account the diversity of student interests and experiences.

To apply, applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a teaching portfolio that includes:
    • a statement (maximum 2 pages) of teaching philosophy, interests and accomplishments;
    • sample teaching materials (e.g. course syllabi, examples of innovative pedagogy or assessment design, etc.);
    • a statement (maximum 1 page) about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion;
    • a statement (maximum 1 page) reflecting on what the applicant has done and/or would seek to do in order to incorporate Indigenous scholarship and perspectives and/or use of Indigenous content and materials in their teaching (for context, applicants can find UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan here: https://isp.ubc.ca);
    • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., official summaries of teaching evaluations, peer reviews of teaching).  Applicants are asked to include teaching evaluations from the most recent 3 years (for all courses taught and/or where the candidate held Teaching Assistant roles).

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately to the Department of Political Science care of Jeff Yupitun, Assistant to the Department Head, with the word “Lecturer” in the subject line. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware that their letters must reach the Department in a timely fashion, that this is an undergraduate teaching position, and that they should focus on undergraduate teaching qualifications.

Review of applications begins on May 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. For additional information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources (for faculty and staff), please visit the Centre for Workplace Accessibility. For support and assistance with accommodation questions, please email.

UBC is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people and is committed to meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples. UBC embraces equity and diversity as integral to our academic mission. Equity and diversity are essential to academic and creative excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We especially encourage applications from members of groups that have historically been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, and/or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.