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Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure–Track) in Sustainability and Conservation

Forest Resources Management, UBC
Canada (CA)
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-Track) in Sustainability and Conservation

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Sustainability and Conservation at the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank. The successful candidate will primarily teach and renew undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of sustainability, conservation and climate change. A key responsibility will be teaching in and leading Land One, a cohort-based introductory program for first year undergraduates offered by the Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The candidate will also be expected to teach and develop interdisciplinary course offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate level to a diverse student body in both Faculties.

The successful candidate will provide instruction contributing to the undergraduate curriculum across all programs offered in the Faculty of Forestry, as well as to graduate programs. Courses will include, but are not limited to, introductory-level courses, as well as more advanced courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in areas identified as needed within the Faculty and commensurate with their academic and professional experience. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate that they can implement a range of educational activities and course delivery approaches.

Candidates for this position must have a PhD in Forestry or Resources, Environment and Sustainability or other similar fields related to conservation, climate change, and economics. The successful candidate will provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching undergraduate and graduate students and a clear enthusiasm for teaching. The candidate will have a strong interdisciplinary background, with demonstrated understanding of how theories across different disciplines can be integrated into a more holistic perspective. Candidates will be responsible for helping further develop and grow the Land One program. Candidates must demonstrate past evidence of educational leadership and/or clearly articulated plans for future educational leadership and potential for creating innovative instructional environments be it in the program, classroom, online or in the field. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Candidates must also have demonstrated a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Experience in course design as well as experience in broader curriculum development or other educational initiatives that could advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate would be an asset. Prior teaching in areas such as natural resource economics, food security, and climate change is an asset.

Promotion and tenure in UBC’s Educational Leadership stream is based on teaching, service, and educational leadership. Educational Leadership is broadly defined as activity taken at UBC and elsewhere to advance innovation in teaching and learning and must have impacts that extend beyond the classroom (see greater detail regarding educational leadership in Section 3.4.1 of the SAC guide to reappointment, tenure, and promotion at UBC) The successful candidate will therefore be expected to engage in educational leadership activities in consultation with the department head.

Applications should include:
• a cover letter detailing how the applicant meets the job requirements and highlighting what additional assets or qualifications they can bring to the position
• a curriculum vitae,
• a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
• a one-page statement on envisioned educational leadership relevant to the position
• a one-page equity, diversity, and inclusion statement emphasizing how the applicant would contribute to the University's mission of creating a culturally inclusive learning environment
• full contact information for three individuals that can provide reference letters

Applicants should also indicate in their application if they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications should be submitted via Workday JR14956 . Deadline for applications is: November 23, 2023. The appointment will start on July 1, 2024 although an alternate start date can be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

Questions about the position may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Harry Nelson ( )

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.


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