Lecturer and Lab Coordinator in Biology
University of British Columbia
The Biology program, jointly administered by the Departments of Botany and Zoology, invites applications for a three-year lecturer position in ecology. The position is a joint (50:50) Botany/Zoology appointment (home department in Zoology).
The applicant should have experience organizing and teaching laboratory practicals for undergraduate courses (ideally in the field), teaching large-enrolment undergraduate classes using interactive approaches (for example flipped or blended learning approaches), creating and applying evaluations of learning, conducting quantitative analyses and interpretation of ecological data and mentoring and managing teaching assistants. We seek an individual with exceptional communication, organizational and teaching skills and a record of excellence in teaching. A MSc or PhD with demonstrated specialization in population, community or ecosystem ecology is required and additional professional qualifications are desirable.
The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for coordinating the field-based laboratory practicals in the winter terms for BIOL 230 (Fundamentals of Ecology) and BIOL 306 (Advanced Ecology); teaching classes and coordinating labs for BIOL230 in the summer term. Lab related teaching duties include but are not limited to: preparing laboratory instructions, activities and evaluation materials; mentoring teaching assistants in their instruction and evaluation of students; interacting with students through office hours and online tools. Laboratory related administrative duties include: updating the course website and discussion boards; ensuring compliance with university policies; organization of student enrollment in lab sections; and management and quality control of student-collected data; compilation and final adjudication of grades. Classroom teaching duties include: preparing and delivering clear, engaging and interactive classes; developing evaluations and interacting with students through office hours and using online tools.
In addition, the applicant will be expected to contribute to the service and teaching needs of the Biology program and the Botany and Zoology Departments. These may include, but are not limited to, participation on committees and lecturing in BIOL 230, BIOL 306 or BIOL 121 (Genetics, Evolution and Ecology). The applicant will be expected to use best practices in all instructional roles, promoting critical thinking and scientific inference and encouraging active participation from a diverse array of undergraduate students.
The position is a three-year contract, subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance by the end of the first year.
Application packages should be submitted as a single PDF document and consist of a cover letter including a statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. The closing date for applications is June 3, 2019 at 5pm, with appointment anticipated to begin on July 1, 2019. Applications are to be submitted online through the UBC Faculty Careers website at: https://www.hr.ubc.ca/jobs/faculty.php?job_id=33658
In addition, applicants should arrange to have at least three confidential letters of recommendation submitted via email to email@example.com by the referees by the deadline.
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 will be given priority.