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Lecturer in Quantitative Kinesiology and Biomechanics

Simon Fraser University

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer with an emphasis on experimental, theoretical, and computational aspects of kinesiology and biomechanics. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, demonstrated excellence in face to face and online teaching, and enthusiasm for overseeing and guiding undergraduate students in the research process.

The Lecturer will lead an effort to incorporate quantitative thinking and programming across the BPK curriculum and will have experience, and a vision for, teaching quantitative methods to students who have differing backgrounds. They will be responsible for optimizing and teaching lecture and laboratory courses with a focus on quantitative and computational analyses and biomechanics, including BPK 304W (Inquiry and Measurement in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) and BPK 201 (Biomechanics). They will also redesign and/or teach other courses as needed, particularly laboratory courses on biomechanics, motor control and motor learning including BPK 301 (Biomechanics Laboratory) and BPK 308 (Experiments and Models in Systems Physiology).

The Lecturer will foster pedagogical enhancement across the department, and promote evidence-based teaching practice. They will be expected to have a career-long trajectory of pedagogical innovation, including leadership in online teaching and assessment, teaching mentorship and curriculum development. The successful candidate will have a commitment to creating inclusive and culturally safe learning environments.

The Lecturer will provide service to the Department, such as membership on departmental committees and participation in departmental events. We seek a colleague whose teaching and service track record illustrate our shared values of equity, diversity and inclusion, and commitment to respectful interactions with students, faculty and research participants.

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (http://www.sfu.ca/bpk.html) takes a scientific approach to the study of human structure and function and their relation to health and movement. There are excellent teaching facilities available within the Department and the University. The Department has 23.5 research faculty and 9 continuing teaching faculty members, and is committed to excellence in research and teaching in the biomedical sciences. We have research foci in Neuromechanics, Neuroscience, Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, and Chronic Disease, and we provide graduate training at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our undergraduate program includes majors in Kinesiology, Biomedical Physiology, and Behavioural Neuroscience. Undergraduate courses include core and elective courses in kinesiology, biomechanics, physiology and neuroscience.

The responsibilities, terms and conditions of employment of continuing teaching faculty can be found in: https://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/faculty-relations/collective-agreement/CA.pdf.
Simon Fraser University is located on the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. The university has three campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver; the Lecturer will be based mainly in Burnaby. Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked as one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada. The Vancouver area is one of the world’s most desirable places to live and work.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, applications received before August 10, 2020 will receive first consideration. The anticipated start date is November 1, 2020. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file inclusive of (and bookmarked for) the following: (1) cover letter including reasons for applying for the position, (2) curriculum vitae (3) statements of teaching philosophy and experience, and (4) name, title, address, and names and e-mail addresses of 3 references. The statement of teaching philosophy and experience should include your vision for and track record on: (a) teaching quantitative methods to students with differing quantitative backgrounds, (b) online learning, and (c) strengths and experiences in equity and diversity and inclusive teaching. The PDF file should be e-mailed to the Chair (bpk_chair@sfu.ca) of the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, V5A 1S6, Canada. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a teaching portfolio and transcripts of all degrees before the interview, and letters of reference.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university. In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision, which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and sexual and gender diverse communities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated history of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html