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Current opportunities

Lecturer in Writing for Children and Young Adults

The UBC School of Creative Writing seeks an exceptional teacher of Writing for Children and Young Adults to fill a Lecturer position commencing as early as July 1, 2021.

The teaching load for this position is 24 credits (eight 3-credit courses) per year, ranging from large open-enrolment lecture courses to upper-level workshops. The successful candidate will also contribute to the School of Creative Writing in an administrative capacity, including participating in program committees related to their area of expertise, and serving on faculty committees to evaluate prospective BFA and MFA students. In cases where an extraordinary level of additional administrative or service responsibilities is assigned, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted.

This is a full-time position for a term of up to three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience. A record of successful teaching in online or blended formats is desirable.
  • An MFA in Creative Writing, but in exceptional circumstances, the equivalent combination of education and writing and publishing experience will be considered.
  • Related professional publishing experience and expertise in writing for children and young adults is required. Experience writing picture books and/or in a second genre is an asset.
  • To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit their applications here, https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/job-opportunities/lecturer-in-writing-for-children-and-young-adults, and be prepared to upload the following in the order listed:
    • a letter of application;
    • curriculum vitae that includes the names and contacts of three referees;
    • statement of teaching philosophy;
    • a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; and
    • evidence of teaching effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations).

Applications and all supporting materials should be received by May 16, 2021. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We are particularly interested in applicants from underrepresented and/or racialized communities. 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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


Lecturer in Creative Nonfiction

The UBC School of Creative Writing invites applications for a 0.5 Lecturer position in Creative Nonfiction, with a likely start date of July 1, 2021.

This is a part-time without review (i.e., non-tenure track) position for a term of up to three years, renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. This position will entail a probationary first year.

We seek an exceptional teacher of Creative Nonfiction courses with experience in online teaching and creative writing pedagogy. The teaching load is 12 credits (4 3-credit equivalent courses) per year, taught online in the optional-residency MFA program. Experience in a second genre is an asset. The successful candidate will contribute to the School of Creative Writing in an administrative capacity, including participating in program committees related to the area of expertise, and serving on faculty committees charged with evaluating prospective BFA and MFA candidates. In cases where an extraordinary level of additional administrative or service responsibilities are assigned, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted.

Applicants are expected to have an MFA in Creative Writing, but in exceptional circumstances, the equivalent combination of education and writing and publishing experience will be considered. The successful applicant must have expertise in writing creative nonfiction. They must have professional publishing experience, as well as a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit their applications at https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/job-opportunities/lecturer-in-creative-nonfiction/ and be prepared to upload the following in the order listed: a letter of application; curriculum vitae that includes the names and contacts of three referees; statement of teaching philosophy; a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; and evidence of teaching effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations). Applications and all supporting materials should be received by April 16, 2021. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. For information about the School of Creative Writing, please visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


Assistant Professor: Speculative Fiction

The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin July 1, 2021.

The ideal candidate will be recognized in their chosen speculative genre(s), which might include fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, or other stories of the imaginary. We are particularly interested in applicants from underrepresented and/or racialized communities.

Requirements include: graduate degree (e.g. MFA in Creative Writing) preferred, but a combination of education and appropriate writing and publishing experience may be considered; demonstrated excellence in speculative fiction (one or more book publications with an established press preferred); experience in a second genre an asset; evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability of university-level creative writing courses.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a total of 4 courses (12 credits) per year, to participate in Creative Writing program administration, to supervise graduate theses, and to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and scholarly activity, which includes a distinguished record of professional publication.

The Creative Writing Program is known for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs and has an international reputation for excellence. For information about the program, please visit https://creativewriting.ubc.ca/.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are to be submitted online through the form at the following link: https://crwr.air.arts.ubc.ca/job-opportunities-position-18803/

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (20-30 pages); a teaching portfolio (which should include a statement of teaching philosophy and some or all of the following: student evaluations, peer assessments, 1-2 sample course syllabi); and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly via email to crwr.admin@ubc.ca.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer with a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus should travel or other restrictions apply.

 

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