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Instructor, Mindfulness and Adult Education

Adult Education

Abbotsford


Posting number 2019.273
Job type Faculty
Contract Faculty, 100% full-time, Limited-Term Appointment
Start date August 1, 2020
End date July 31, 2021
Review date January 15, 2020

Job summary

The University of the Fraser Valley invites applications for a limited term appointment for a minimum of one year to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in mindfulness, adult learning, and other areas. The Department of Adult Education offers a graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning, an undergraduate BA in Adult Education (BA-ADED), a TESL certificate, and certificates in Workplace Education and Integrated Learning Design. All of these programs are designed to provide professional development for people employed or seeking employment in the education sector, including Adult and Community Education, Higher Education, K-12 education, health-related professional education, and TESL. We deliver these classes and programs through a unique blended model that combines online learning using Blackboard as a learning platform and approximately 4 or 5 F2F/synchronous classes per course using video-conferencing with Collaborate Ultra for those participating synchronously at a distance. We have a media-wired classroom dedicated to this form of delivery. The F2F classes and Department offices are located on the Abbotsford campus.

Our students live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and the USA.

Our Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) is the first for-credit program specializing in mindfulness in North America. We collaborate fairly closely with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto to provide students an option to become certified in either MBSR or MBCT. Also, we have a transfer and articulation agreement with the M.Ed. Interdisciplinary at the University of Calgary if students wish to use the certificate as part of a graduate degree, and students can transfer the 12-credits of 700-level course work into many other graduate programs and disciplines in BC and beyond. In 2019-2020, we have 26 students enrolled in the program from a range of professions, including K-12 teaching, higher education, medicine, nursing, criminology, workplace education, and community-based language training. Most of these students are working full-time while practicing mindfulness and completing this rigorous program. The curriculum is designed to cultivate skills in linking research to practice for mindfulness teachers in a range of professional contexts. In this respect, this LTA post offers a unique opportunity for a new scholar or educator to learn particular skills in a new and emerging field of professional education. In addition, we offer three undergraduate courses in mindfulness - ADED 421, 422, and 423 - all 3-credit courses that are open to undergraduates of any major or program.

Responsibilities will include teaching and administering courses in the MBTL grad certificate between September and early July as well as teaching two additional undergraduate classes, for example, depending on qualifications, Mindfulness (ADED 321, 322, or 423) or Adult Learning (ADED 320). Possible optional activities include mentoring MBTL students in POD (professional-oriented discovery) groups and facilitating a silent retreat. Many course resources and materials developed for the 2019-2020 year will be made available for use in the 2020-2021 year to reduce workload should the successful applicant wish to use them.

Qualifications

  • The preferred candidate will have a completed or near-complete doctorate with research experience related to mindfulness
  • A Master's degree will be sufficient if a candidate has exemplary experience in teaching mindfulness to a range of professionals and students or if their degree and experience is in a clinical context with trauma
  • A background in Adult Education is an asset
  • Has a strong background in teaching and learning mindfulness and is a strong and longstanding practitioner of mindfulness-based practices themselves with silent retreat experience (as a participant)
  • A candidate certified in either or both MBSR and/or MBCT (or another 8-week program) with advanced certification to teach or mentor new teachers is a strong preference
  • Experience with new learning technologies as the online/blended format can be stressful and demanding for someone unaccustomed to the format
  • Experience or familiarity with First Nations or other diverse learners and/or higher education are assets
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills

The successful candidate is expected to live in the region to attend infrequent meetings and their F2F classes.

Outside of these requirements, the candidate can conduct their online teaching and communication responsibilities remotely. One course-release is provided for participating in service-related activities like meetings, etc.

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

How to apply

Direct curriculum vitae or resume, including evidence of appropriate qualifications, recent teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference (submitted separately directly to hrinfo@ufv.ca), referring to Posting #2019.273 to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554            Fax: (604) 854-1538           Website:
www.ufv.ca
Email resumes and cover letter to:
hrinfo@ufv.ca

 
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