Family Studies Lecturer Opening

The Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position (non-tenure track) in Family Studies, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.

This is a full-time position for an initial term of up to three years, including a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill limited service duties as assigned by the Head and to teach undergraduate courses, primarily within the Family Studies minor. Teaching responsibilities would likely include two or more of the following: FMST 210: Family Context of Human Development, FMST 312: Parent-child Relationships, FMST 314: Relationship Development, FMST 441: Social Context of Child Development, SOCI 200: Sociology of Family and SOCI 220: Diversity in Family Forms. In collaboration with other faculty members, the successful candidate will work to strengthen the Department’s Family Studies curriculum by developing and teaching new courses that align with the life course framework of our Family Studies minor program.

We prefer candidates to have a completed PhD in Family Studies or a cognate discipline before commencing the position, as well as experience teaching undergraduate courses in Family Studies. We have a particular interest in candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and supervision of undergraduate students, which includes contributing to a student-centered environment that nurtures and challenges students to achieve at high levels; and commitment to diversity.

The teaching load for the position will be 24 credits across the period of appointment, distributed typically as a 3/3 load in the Winter session and 2 courses in the Summer session. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents by the deadline of March 29, 2021: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and orientation, evidence of teaching abilities and effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations, sample class assignments, etc.), and a statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. In addition, applicants should arrange to have 3 confidential letters of reference sent by the same deadline via email to with the applicant’s name in the subject line. Enquiries may also be sent to the same e-mail address; please indicate in the subject line: “Lecturer position in Family Studies.” Review of applications will begin soon after March 29th and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.