Instructor – Vantage College

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Instructor position in the Department of Psychology ( This position offers opportunities to pursue a career in teaching and educational leadership at the university level, with engagement in innovative curriculum design and pedagogy in a collaborative teaching and learning community.

While the Instructor’s academic appointment will be in the Department of Psychology, they will be expected to dedicate 2/3 of their workload teaching in Vantage College, an enriched first-year program for international students ( UBC Vantage College offers a first-year curriculum in a cohort-learning program to academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC. Students take courses in Arts, Science, Engineering, or Management before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage College curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic, and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to year two in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Applied Science, or Management. Instructors in Vantage College work collaboratively with peers from departments across faculties to develop, implement, and share innovative teaching practices and curricula.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. before commencing the position and experience teaching undergraduate courses in Psychology. Desirable teaching experience includes Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and/or advanced courses in one or more areas of departmental specialization (Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive, Clinical, Developmental, Health, Social/Personality, Quantitative). Experience in teaching international students is highly desirable. Individuals with strong commitments and demonstrated potential for achieving excellence in teaching and for making substantial contributions to curriculum development, course design and innovation, and other teaching and learning initiatives are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will teach in two programs: UBC Vantage One Arts and UBC Vantage One Management. In these programs, students undertake a coordinated curriculum that provides instruction in social scientific ways of thinking, speaking, and writing. UBC Vantage One Arts coordinates Arts courses in Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Research Writing for students wishing to progress into the Faculty of Arts; UBC Vantage One Management coordinates Arts courses in Psychology, Economics, Sociology, and Research Writing for students wishing to progress into the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus, in Kelowna. Embedded language instruction and an English for Academic Purposes course support students’ learning in both programs.

In the Faculty of Arts, the teaching load for Instructors is 18 credits per year (e.g., six 3-credit courses). Each year the Instructor will be expected to teach 12 credits in Vantage College (including sections of PSYC 101, PSYC 102, VANT 148, and VANT 149) and 6 credits in the Department of Psychology. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with members of the instructional teams at Vantage College and in Psychology. Specifically, they will be expected to contribute to curriculum and materials development, collaborate with instructors in both units, and contribute to each unit through service on committees.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, educational leadership, and service. As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:


Applicants should visit, complete the brief form found on that webpage, and upload a single PDF file containing the following materials by February 15, 2017: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of their teaching interests and orientation, evidence of their teaching abilities and effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations, etc.), and a 1-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body. Next, applicants should arrange to have at least 3 confidential signed letters of recommendation submitted online (details provided at the above webpage) by the same deadline. Applications should be addressed to: Chair, Instructor Search Committee, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The expected starting date is July 1, 2017.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.