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Sessional Faculty, Winter 2021

Various, Career and Capstone Learning; Media Arts; Visual Arts; Indigenous Studies Program, School of Health Studies, Graphic & Digital Design;

Posting number 2020.191
Job type Faculty
Contract Part-time, Temporary (sessional)
Salary range $6,914.62 - $7,098.50 per section
Contract timeline Winter 2021 semester
Review date October 23, 2020

Job summary

The University anticipates a need for sessional faculty to teach in the Winter 2021 semester in the following areas:

Career and Capstone Learning

  • Posting #2020.191a: Students in the Bachelor of Arts engage in academic credit courses designed to explore diverse perspectives on the meaning of work, articulate personal and professional values embedded in one’s work and plan for career transitions throughout a lifespan. The College of Arts is committed to fostering interdisciplinary learning, integrative reflective practices and career development for each graduate. The College of Arts requires sessional faculty for Winter 2021 and beyond to teach ARTS 299 and PORT 399. The candidate may also be asked to teach  University Studies 101 or PORT 398.
  • Applicants with a PhD preferably in Educational Studies (with a concentration in Career Development, Transformative Learning, Learning Strategies, or Student Affairs) from a recognized/accredited post-secondary institution are preferred. Successful candidates will have a minimum of two years teaching experience at the post-secondary level, strong communication skills, and the ability to engage learners in the online environment is required. The Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) designation is an asset. Candidates currently working on a doctoral degree or with a Master’s degree in a closely related field in combination with extensive applied experience may be considered.
  • Please send a curriculum vita, letter of application, and a digital portfolio that includes a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, strategies for creating cultural inclusivity in the classroom, examples of online teaching strategies, samples of current student evaluations, as well as other evidence of teaching effectiveness, as well as names of three references.   


Media Arts

  • Posting 2020.191b: The Bachelor of Media Arts is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for creative production in digital and interactive media; equips students with computing, digital design, and creative teamwork skills; and emphasizes independent learning, professional experience, and communication skills. The program includes a core set of Media Arts courses which all students complete; students then select one of five concentrations (Applied Interactive Media, Digital Art, Interactive Media Leadership, Media and Performance, Screen Studies), in which to specialize.
  • We are seeking an energetic and innovative instructor to teach MEDA 469, Design Thinking for Creative Leadership (Winter 2021). The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, a strong interest in technology-supported learning, the ability to integrate theory and practice in their teaching methods, and a record of teaching excellence at the post- secondary level. Strong experience incorporating Indigenous perspectives, teaching international students, and managing the needs of a diverse classroom is an asset. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. The successful applicant will possess professional knowledge and expertise in design thinking at the intersection of digital technologies and digital media fields of practice. Demonstrated creative leadership, recent professional experience in collaborative problem solving teams, and the ability to apply design thinking in various contexts are required. A graduate degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience is required.
  • Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, current CV, weblinks to current portfolio of works, recent teaching evaluations, and a one-page sample syllabus including a proposal outlining how they would teach the course in an online format.


Visual Arts

  • Posting 2020.191c: The department of Visual Arts requires sessional instructors for the following courses:
    • VA101 – Figure Drawing
    • VA116 – Intro Studio II: Space, Form & Time
    • VA403 – Senior Seminar II
  • Applicants are required to have an MFA, and two years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Candidates must show recent, relevant experience in their field, and demonstrate up to date knowledge of current practices, technical application of skills, and use of relevant equipment related to the subjects of drawing or 3D/sculpture/installation art with regards to the studio courses. The ability to guide students through a program of art theory, interdisciplinary readings, and relevant critical texts is essential for the seminar.
  • Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, current CV, weblinks to current portfolio of works, recent teaching evaluations, and a one-page sample syllabus including a proposal outlining how they would teach the course in an online format.


Indigenous Studies Program

  • Posting 2020.191d: The Indigenous Studies Program is seeking qualified applicants to teach Indigenous Peoples Knowledge  and First Nations Studies courses in the Winter 2021 semester and beyond in the following areas: impacts of colonization and processes of decolonization (IPK 102), Indigenous Resurgence (IPK 202), Indigenous Leadership (IPK 331), Indigenous Governance (IPK 332), Stó:lõ Nation Development (FNST 101), Stó:lõ Traditional Ways of Healing (FNST 102) and Stó:lõ Social Structure (FNST 202).
  • The courses tentatively planned for Winter 2021 are: IPK 102, IPK 202, IPK 331, FNST 102 and FNST 202.
  • Applicants must possess at minimum a Master’s degree, and preferably a PhD. They must have a record of successful teaching at the post-secondary level or demonstrated ability to do so. Ability to mentor Indigenous students, manage the needs of a diverse classroom, engage learners in the online environment, interact respectfully with Elders and community members, and work collaboratively in an academic environment is required. For FNST courses, knowledge of the Stó:lõ community based on personal experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry with an explicit personal connection to an Indigenous community. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of Indigenization/decolonization and reconciliation education.         
  • Applications should include a letter of application which points to the applicant’s connection to an Indigenous community, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course outline(s) for the course(s) for which they wish to be considered, recent teaching evaluations, and the names of three referees.
  • For questions about these offerings, please contact Shirley Hardman, Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs ( or Sylvie Murray, Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Arts (


School of Health Studies

  • Posting #2020.191e: Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: The BSN program requires part-time/sessional faculty for clinical instruction in gerontological nursing, medical-surgical, home health, psychiatry, public health, and maternity. Successful candidates will hold a Baccalaureate degree in nursing with Masters preferred, and a strong related clinical practice foundation. 
  • Posting 2020.191f: Practical Nursing Program: The PN program requires part-time/sessional faculty for clinical instruction in gerontological, medical and surgical practice settings. Successful candidates will hold a Baccalaureate degree in nursing and a strong related clinical practice foundation. Candidates with a diploma in nursing with extensive related clinical practice experience will be considered.
  • Posting 2020.191g: Health Care Assistant program: The HCA program requires part-time/sessional faculty for instruction in gerontological practice settings. Successful candidates will hold a Baccalaureate degree in nursing and a strong related clinical practice foundation. Candidates with a diploma in nursing with extensive related clinical practice experience will be considered.


Graphic and Digital Design

  • Posting 2020.191h: Graphic and Digital Design (GDD), the Fraser Valley’s premiere design programs, are forward thinking, dynamic and flexible. With courses in communication design, brand identity, interactive design and dynamic media, students gain a solid foundation in professional practice. Students are immersed in highly relevant experiential learning, the design process, professional portfolio development, and creative leadership. Real-world projects foster collaboration, critical thinking and t-shape abilities. Program options include a 2-year intensive diploma; a graphic design minor in any degree; a major or extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); and digital design concentrations in the Bachelor of Media Arts.
  • With a commitment to delivering a comprehensive educational experience, faculty are highly collaborative and values driven, passionate about teaching and the potential for design, and dedicated to preparing students for resilience in the creative industry.
  • The Graphic and Digital Design department is seeking dynamic sessional faculty to teach one or more courses. Specific subject areas include digital project management (GD357), design systems and experiential graphic design (GD450). Course outlines can be accessed here:
  • The successful applicant must be active in graphic design professional practice. GD450 requires expertise in experiential design – built environments and wayfinding, augmented reality, digital interfaces, and user-centred design.  GD357 requires applied experience of digital project management tools, design studio/agency management, team theory, workflow strategies, and Adobe CC. Special consideration to candidates who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong current practice portfolio, proven creative leadership, established industry networks, exceptional teaching ability, UX skills, experience in participatory research methods, and engage in industry best practices.
  • Educational requirements include a Masters’ degree and experience in teaching at the post-secondary levels, professional certification, and professional graphic and digital design experience spanning 5 years or more. Applicants with a strong combination of industry and teaching experience may be considered.
  • Candidates should submit pdfs and links of the following materials:
    1. a letter of application
    2. a detailed curriculum vitae including three references
    3. current teaching evaluations and sample syllabi
    4. digital professional practice portfolio
    5. two letters of reference will be required at the time of interview.


Candidates must have a PhD in Psychology (not Educational or Counselling Psychology). Teaching experience at the university level is preferred. The ability to teach online is required and experience teaching online 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. 

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