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Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-track) - Communications and Rhetoric

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-track) Communications and Rhetoric

Job Category
Faculty Bargaining
Job Title
Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-Track) Communications and Rhetoric (Science Communication)
UBCO | Faculty | Department of English and Cultural Studies | Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (Michael Treschow)
Posting End Date

Feb. 28, 2022
Please note that the Appointment Committee will begin to review applications on Jan. 31, 2022.

Assistant Professor of Teaching (Communications and Rhetoric), Department of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

The Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Communications and Rhetoric at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Educational Leadership stream. (Information on EL is available at: The successful candidate will enhance the teaching and learning environment in the Department and contribute to curriculum design and program planning in communications and rhetoric. Preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in science communication and rhetoric. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022, or at a mutually agreeable date.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Communications and Rhetoric or a closely related field, with a specialization in science communication and rhetoric. Preference will be given to those with expertise in interdisciplinary communication, science and technology studies, environmental studies, or information studies. Engagement in minority rhetorics and social justice pedagogies would be considered an asset. Any of the following additional qualifications would also be advantageous for this position: expertise in Indigenous inclusive pedagogy; teaching experience in Writing in the Disciplines (WID); experience in knowledge production and interdisciplinary transfer in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; knowledge translation across the disciplines and in physical and digital environments; transdisciplinary research in STEM disciplinary spaces and communication in the sciences; and collaborative engagement with academic and community partners. Candidates must demonstrate experience in curriculum development, expertise and excellence in teaching, potential for trans-disciplinary and trans-professional collaboration, and contribution to creative, relevant, and experiential course development and delivery.

Job Description
As a faculty member in the EL stream, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a record of excellence in teaching, educational leadership through curriculum development and innovation, and service through participation in faculty, departmental, and university committees.

This position will be dedicated to teaching first- and second-year writing and communication courses in the English program, undergraduate and graduate Communications and Rhetoric courses, as well as collaborative curriculum development in the areas of communication and rhetoric in and across the disciplines, communication in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and science and technology studies. As UBC’s Okanagan campus implements a redesigned Bachelor of Arts degree and pilots a new undergraduate program in Communications and Rhetoric in collaboration with other Faculties, we are looking for a candidate to take a leading role in the development of curriculum and teaching and learning opportunities in interdisciplinary communication and rhetoric.

About FCCS and the Department of English and Cultural Studies
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate level across a wide range of subject areas in the humanities and fine arts. FCCS seeks to build on its commitments to anti-racist pedagogies, expressed in the prominent place of race and race studies in courses ranging from postcolonial literature to the poetry and prose of the 17th century; to cultural safety training for faculty in relation to Indigenous pedagogies; and to our recent curriculum developments aimed at supporting UBC’s institution-wide emphasis on the Indigenization of our degrees. Within FCCS, the Department of English and Cultural Studies (ECS) has its eponymous programs, but is also developing in the areas of Digital Humanities and Communications and Rhetoric (CORH). For details on the CORH program’s current stage of development, please visit this page: The department offers a wide variety of courses in areas such as Indigenous literatures, postcolonial literatures, media studies, ecocriticism, critical and cultural theory, digital humanities, composition, and communications and rhetoric. For further information on departmental and faculty programs, please visit the Faculty’s web page:

Application Process

Apply online:

Applicants are invited to submit the following:
1. A letter of application describing how they fit the position, contributions to educational leadership, and to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion;
2. A curriculum vitae;
3. A teaching dossier that includes:
a. A statement of teaching philosophy and teaching interests;
b. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including samples of effective teaching material, curriculum and course development, other evidence of scholarship of teaching and learning; and
c. Summary of peer evaluation of teaching (if available).
4. Contact information for three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested to do so by the Appointment Committee.

Additional Information
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Michael Treschow, Head, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (
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 under-represented 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.