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Sessional Faculty, Winter 2020

Various, Adult Education; Business; Communications; Computer Information Systems; Criminology and Criminal Justice; History; Land-Use and Environmental Change; Library & Information Technology; Mathematics & Statistics; Physics; Psychology; School of Creative Arts

Posting number 2019.221
Job type Faculty
Contract Faculty; Temporary (sessional)
Salary range $6,549.45 - $6,723.62 per section
Contract timeline Winter 2020
Review date October 18, 2019

Job summary

The University anticipates a need for sessional faculty to teach in the Winter 2020 semester in the following areas:


Posting #2019.221a: The School of Business requires sessional faculty able to deliver one or more introductory and advanced courses in Winter 2020. Available courses potentially include: BUS 425 – Marketing Strategy: The ideal candidate for this course has knowledge gained from experience in creating marketing plans, and is able to guide student teams through the marketing planning process. Additional courses might become available at a later stage. We therefore encourage all applicants to list all courses (using equivalent UFV course codes) they are able to deliver.

Applicants are generally required to have (1) a Master’s degree and at least five years of relevant industry experience or (2) a DBA or PhD degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants applying to teach accounting courses must have a Canadian professional accounting designation (normally CPA) in addition to the general requirements. Applicants with relevant industry experience, demonstrated excellent teaching experience from a recognized post-secondary institution, and a DBA or PhD degree from an AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution are given priority. Applicants must submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume (applies only applicants with a Master’s degree) or a full academic curriculum vitae (applicants with a doctorate), (3) names and contact information of three references, and (4) a brief teaching philosophy statement (max. 2 pages). If available, applicants should also submit evidence of teaching effectiveness and/or samples of recent scholarly work. NB: Incomplete applications will not be processed.


Posting 2019.221b: The Communications Department requires sessional faculty for Winter 2020 and ongoing to teach a variety of courses in professional communications including sections of CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communications and CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing; and depending on qualifications, lower level courses in public speaking, or critical analysis and study methods.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Communications or English with an applied writing focus, or a Master’s degree in learning strategies or educational theory specifically as it relates to university-level learners. At least one year demonstrated successful experience teaching at the post-secondary level (two years preferred) is required; professional communications industry experience is preferred. Must be available to teach on all campuses and attend orientation and ongoing training meetings.

Computer Information Systems

Posting #2019.221c: The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department offers a four-year Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree since 1993. After one year (30 credits) of designated course work in the degree, students can apply for the CIS certificate; the CIS diploma can be applied for after two years of designated course work. Students will remain in the degree program after being awarded the certificate and/or diploma and may continue with upper-level courses if they wish. The certificate is a customizable one-year program, combining a mixture of CIS/COMP and other courses. Both the diploma and the degree can be obtained with a Co-operative Education option.

Candidates are required to have expertise in programming, and preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest and expertise in at least two of the following areas: databases, data analysis, analysis and design of algorithms, distributed programming, programming for ubiquitous computing, cloud computing, gaming, multimedia and graphics, robotics, web programming, web service orchestration, operating systems and real-time & systems programming. Other related expertise will be considered. We are seeking individuals who have an outstanding ability to teach and communicate effectively with undergraduate students, and are able to instruct and develop courses across a range of computer information systems and computing science topics. For further information, contact the Department Head, Computer Information Systems. Applicants must have completed a Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a closely related area. A PhD is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate successful teaching ability in the relevant subject area at the post-secondary level. Industry experience will also be an asset.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Posting #2019.221d: The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is seeking a qualified applicant to teach one or more sections of CRIM 335 Human Rights and Civil Liberties ( in the Winter 2020 semester. The successful candidate must hold at minimum a Master’s degree, preferably in criminology or criminal justice; Ph.D or ABD status is preferred. The successful candidate must be familiar with criminological theories, concepts, and current trends, and they must demonstrate contemporary expertise in the areas of human rights and civil liberties as they relate to the Canadian criminal justice system.

Preferred criteria include experience working in the criminal justice system or related fields, previous university-level teaching experience, and the ability to develop and deliver online curriculum. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, or the potential for excellence in teaching. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three referees, and recent copies of all teaching evaluations, when available.


Posting #2019.221e: The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is seeking a qualified applicant to teach a graduate level course, CRIM 730 Ethical and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (, in the Winter 2020 semester. The successful candidate must hold at minimum a Master’s degree (Ph.D or ABD status preferred), preferably in criminology or criminal justice, or an LL.M. Practical experience working in the field of criminal justice will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be familiar with ethical and legal issues facing a wide range of Canadian criminal justice agencies and be able to discuss ethical and moral philosophies as they apply to various criminal justice agencies, articulate the role of criminal justice agencies within a democracy, and lead graduate students through the analysis of key ethical and legal issues faced by practitioners in the Canadian criminal justice system. The successful candidate must also be familiar with criminology and criminal justice theories, concepts, and current trends. Previous university-level teaching experience is an asset. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, or the potential for excellence in teaching. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three referees, and recent copies of all teaching evaluations, when available.


Posting #2019.221f:  The History Department is looking for sessional faculty to teach in the fields of:

    • Indigenous History, and specifically Stó:lō History
    • The history of Residential Schools in Canada

Applicants must have an MA in History or related field, PhD preferred. The successful candidate will also have teaching experience in a recognized post-secondary institution in the relevant subject areas.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus for either History 103 (Stó:lō History) or History 396O (The History of Residental Schools in Canada), evidence of successful teaching, evidence of indigenized and/or decolonized teaching practice, and the names of three referees. Applications will be reviewed after October 31, 2019.

Land-Use and Environmental Change

Posting #2019.221g: The School of Land-Use and Environmental Change (LUEC) (formerly the department of Geography and the Environment) is seeking qualified applicants to teach the following courses in the Winter 2020 semester: GEOG 105 Natural Hazards and Hollywood, GEOG 314 Geography of Food, GEOG/GDS 340 Geographies of Poverty and Development, GEOG 346 Geography of Religion and Peacebuilding, GEOG 452 Advanced Field Methods and Techniques.  In addition, we are looking for an instructor to teach ENV 200 Bioregional Communities.  These courses are contingent on successful enrolment. Applicants must possess at minimum an MA or equivalent; PhD or ABD preferred and have related teaching experience. Demonstrable quality teaching experience, as supported by evaluations, is required.  Applicants should include a cover letter, a CV, a brief statement of their teaching philosophy and evidence of innovative and excellent teaching together with the names of 3 references.  In your application, please specify which course(s) you wish to be considered for.

Library & Information Technology

Posting #2019.221h: The Department of Library and Information Technology (LibIT) offers the Library & Information Technology Diploma with concentrations in Systems Technology, Records Management, and Youth Services. The program is delivered on campus and online and can be completed in either format. We are seeking collegial, energetic, and committed part-time sessional instructors who demonstrate an interest in working with first and second year undergraduate students with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds.  A full list of courses offered in the Dip. Lib. Tech.  is available at

Offerings in the Winter 2020 semester may include courses in the following areas of library/information practice: Database management & software implementation, Descriptive cataloguing, Classification, Subject analysis, Reference services, Records Management, Archives, and Services for Children.

In addition to holding an MLIS from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program, applicants must have professional experience relative to the above noted areas. Previous instructional experience in a post-secondary setting is a definite asset. Experience with the Blackboard course management system and experience working in Fraser Valley information centres are definite assets. Successful candidates will be expected to teach both face-to-face on the Abbotsford campus and online.  Sessional faculty at UFV are governed by the Collective Agreement. Applications must include a resume, cover letter clearly indicating area(s) of expertise and instructional experience, and the names and contact information for three references who are familiar with the applicant’s professional and/or instructional performance. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Mathematics & Statistics

Posting #2019.221i: The Mathematics and Statistics department requires sessional faculty to teach first-year Calculus and Discrete Math courses in the Winter 2020 semester. Applicants should have a completed Master’s Degree in Mathematics or a closely related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants with a PhD in Mathematics or a closely related discipline, and to candidates with post-secondary teaching experience in similar courses. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and evidence of strong teaching ability in the form of teaching evaluations (if possible) and/or reference letters, and are welcome to also include a brief statement of teaching philosophy (one page maximum).


Posting #2019.221j: The department of Physics is seeking applicants for one or possibly two sessional lecture sections for the Winter 2020 semester. This course covers topics in electromagnetism at an advanced calculus-based first-year level. A number of classes may be available in future years (depending on budget and enrolments) from the first year level to fourth year in the subject areas of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, computational and mathematical physics and general relativity. For more information on courses offered by the Physics department, please see UFV’s online course calendar ( Minimum requirements for a sessional lecturer are an MSc (PhD preferred) in physics or related field, and preferably a demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information of three references), and if available, evidence of strong teaching ability, such as teaching evaluations. The Selection Advisory Committee anticipates that they will begin reviewing applications in early November 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted, and will be required to deliver a short presentation as part of the interview process.


Posting #2019.221k:  The Psychology department requires sessional faculty for Winter 2020 and ongoing in a variety of areas, particularly Introduction to Psychology (I &II), Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory (Behaviorism). Candidates must have a PhD in Psychology; ABD considered. Teaching experience at the university level is preferred. Applications should consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness or potential. Three reference letters will be requested at the interview stage. Experience using Blackboard is an asset.

School of Creative Arts

Posting #2019.221l: This posting has been cancelled.

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How to apply

See each posting above for any specific application instructions, if included. Otherwise, apply with a curriculum vitae or resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications by October 18, 2019, referring to the specific Posting Number (as listed above).

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