Career Posting: EFP Sessional Lecturer

The Okanagan School of Education (OSE), located in Kelowna, British Columbia, is part of the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Education. UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, with distinct campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna on the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples, has strong undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate programs, with more than 10,000 students in seven faculties.

The OSE invites applications for the position of Sessional Lecturer, English Foundation Program (EFP). The position is expected to start September 1, 2024.

The EFP, offered by the OSE, is a credit-bearing English as an additional language (EAL) program for students working towards meeting the university’s English language admission standard and who have typically met the academic admission requirements for a range of degree programs. In addition to EAL skills development, the program fosters general knowledge, study skills, intercultural communication, awareness of local Indigenous knowledges, a sense of place, community engagement, and wellness. While in the EFP, students have the option of taking one or two additional university courses at the same time.

Learn more about the English Foundation Program.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The sessional lecture may teach one or a combination of skills (e.g., reading, writing, listening, speaking) for the equivalent of three or six hours per week in the following English for academic purposes (EAP) courses as part of the EFP in Winter Session 2024–2025, Term 1 (September to December). An opportunity may exist to teach more than one skill in more than one section.

EAP 103 (3) English for Academic Purposes Level III

Practice and refinement of academic communication and composition skills: writing and grammar; reading comprehension and proficiency; listening comprehension and oral fluency; intercultural communication. Students participate in an increasingly complex variety of academic activities and situations involving multiple purposes and participants. Twelve weeks (240 hours).

Prerequisite: Minimum English language competence level (see English Language Proficiency Tests at http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=2,19,1040,0). Registration limited to students in the English Foundation Program.

EAP 104 (3) English for Academic Purposes Level IV

Development of advanced academic communication and composition skills: writing and grammar; reading comprehension and proficiency; comprehension and oral fluency; intercultural communication. Students participate in a variety of complex academic activities and situations involving multiple purposes and participants. Twelve weeks (240 hours). Prerequisite: Successful completion of EAP 103 or minimum English language competence level (see English Language Proficiency Tests at http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=2,19,1040,0). Registration limited to students in the English Foundation Program.

These courses each consist of twelve hours of core reading, writing, listening, and speaking classes, three hours of campus, community, and culture content, three hours of experiential language learning labs, and two hours of customized tutorials per week.

Within EAP 103 and EAP 104, sessional lecturers work with each other as a team along with the EAL Programs Coordinator and undergraduate/graduate teaching assistants. In each section, sessional lecturers are responsible for their component of the course along with shared guidance for the language learning labs, campus, community, and culture content, and other related duties. Sessional lecturers also collaborate on developing and evaluating the final capstone project due during final exams week. A hallmark of the program is sessional lecturers hosting TEAL Post-baccalaureate certificate practicum students in their classes as part of their overall teaching assignment.

EAP courses are primarily delivered through an interactive face-to-face format with supplementary support provided through UBC’s online learning management system, Canvas. Sessional lecturers create impactful learning experiences for students through their transformative teaching practice. Highlights of expected teaching duties include:

  • holding regularly scheduled in-person office hours
  • developing theme-based curriculum and materials
  • planning lessons and units of instruction
  • employing a wide range of instructional strategies
  • providing ongoing formative and summative feedback
  • creating and marking assignments in a timely manner
  • keeping regular attendance
  • following up on student absences, lateness, and missed assignments
  • initiating personal learning plans
  • reporting and regularly updating grades in Canvas
  • mentoring practicum students
  • engaging in continuous professional development
  • being available throughout the contract period
  • attending EFP and other relevant meetings

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Preference will be given to applicants with a doctoral degree in TESOL, TESL, TEAL, Applied Linguistics, Education, or a related field. A minimum of a master’s degree in one of the above or related fields (or a master’s degree with a recognised TEAL, TESL, or TESOL certificate) is required. In all cases, relevant post-secondary teaching experience is necessary.

Successful applicants are scholar-practitioners who demonstrate educational leadership and expertise in teaching English for general academic purposes at the post-secondary level in multicultural and multilingual environments, including a theoretical understanding of the field and current knowledge of EAP research and practice as well as a commitment to incorporating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in relevant and meaningful ways. This expertise further includes curriculum and materials development, learner-centred approaches, and content/theme-based instruction. A commitment to working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary environment, intercultural communicative competence, and advanced English language skills are essential. Active and documented membership in a related scholarly and professional association (e.g. BC TEAL, ACLA, TESOL) is desirable. In addition to teaching face-to-face, instructors should be adept at online teaching and learning, familiar with online learning management systems, and able to use video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Applicants should forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Scott Douglas, the OSE’s Director of EAL Programs, at scott.douglas@ubc.ca. In the case of new applicants, please also include a transcript of academic records. For all applications, indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the “EFP Sessional Lecturer Position—Winter Term 1.”

The deadline for applications is Monday June 10, 2024. All positions are subject to funding, enrolment, and operational factors.

The compensation rate per credit per period for the Okanagan School of Education, effective July 1, 2024, is $2,873.68, equalling $8,621.04 per three credit course (or per weekly three contact-hour component of the EFP).

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY

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.