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Lecturer - Master of International Forestry

University of British Columbia

The Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus invites applications for a 12-month Lecturer term position, initially for 12 months, renewable (one year term appointment) to support teaching, coordination, and development of graduate courses in the course-based Master of International Forestry (MIF).

The lecturer will coordinate, lead the instruction, and supervise students for some core courses in the program. The lecturer will be responsible for the module on natural resource economics and environmental finance and will support the directed study and placement with the MIF Director. In addition, the lecturer will manage the year-long seminar series module (FRST 562) and help develop and instruct all other MIF courses as required (FRST 522, 519, 559, 560 553, and 543).

The lecturer will work with the Program Director and MIF instructor team on the development, marketing and continual improvement of the program. The program's expected 20-25 student cohort per year comprises a diverse international student group, mainly early and mid-career professionals. The program aims to prepare professionals for work in developing countries and international forestry organizations addressing the needs of international forestry and sustainable development. The lecturer will help to broaden the program to encompass a broad range of international forestry issues, MIF is a part of a larger IF "research-in-development" program.

Teaching will include classroom-based lectures, seminars, project and field work and there will be a gradual expansion of online offerings for MIF students. The lecturer will mentor and advise individuals students and encourage teamwork amongst the student cohort.

The lecturer will contribute to the ongoing research capacity of the International Forestry Program, of which MIF is a part. This includes regularly publishing scholarly papers and supervising MSc and PhD students from the International Forestry program, when appropriate. The lecturer will ensure research is at the frontier of sustainability science in order to maintain the MIF as a "state of the art", learning experience. The lecturer will promote the program amongst potential students, particularly internationally.

The lecturer will assist the Program Director in reviewing applicant files, interviewing applicants, guiding admitted students in choosing elective courses, and monitoring student progress. The lecturer will assist the Program Director and student services team in recruitment and promotional activities for the program.

The lecturer must have a Masters and PhD in an appropriate field/ disciplines and must have experience of multi, inter, and trans-disciplinary sustainability science. Two or more years of relevant, instructional experience with adult and international learners coming from pedagogically diverse backgrounds is highly desirable. The lecturer must have experience in curriculum development, teaching and mentoring students internationally, and have demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team is necessary as well as ability to work on tight deadlines. Professional work experience of at least 4 years outside academia in a relevant professional environmental field is preferred. Practical professional experience on the ground in remote areas of developing countries, and in high-level international settings is desirable. Demonstrated expertise of project management in diverse teams, organizing field trips to remote locations, grant proposal writing, leadership training is desirable. Work and research experience in the tropics is preferred. Demonstrated ability to establish productive partnerships with conservation and development organizations in the tropics is preferred. Bi-lingual ability in a tropical Asiatic language to the degree of fluency is preferred. Understanding of the mission and structure of continuing education and professional development is necessary. Effective oral and written communication, supervisory, conceptual and problem-solving skills is required. Capacity to understand and interpret University regulations and policies.

In this position, it is essential to be comfortable working with senior leaders, faculty, staff, and students; be able to provide supportive leadership; have advanced organizational and analytical skills; be able to work both independently and within a team environment; be able to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines; and exercise tact, discretion, and judgement in a multi-stakeholder environment. The lecturer may be required to manage internal curriculum change procedures and documents to ensure compliance with UBC policy and current operating procedures.

The appointment will start on September 1, 2020. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years. Due to COVID-19 travel and work permit constraints, only candidates legally entitled to work in Canada at present will be considered for this position.

Applications must be submitted by Jul 31, 2020. Applicants should submit an application letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references and should be submitted online at
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.

Please submit your application at