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Job: English Instructor – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Deadline: Mar. 10, 2021)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is a teaching-oriented polytechnic university serving culturally diverse communities in the South Fraser region. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) takes its name from the Kwantlen First Nation. Our campuses are located in the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem. As leaders in innovative and interdisciplinary education, we offer all learners, regardless of background and preparation, opportunities to achieve the highest standards of academic performance. Our many programs of study provide applied learning and broad-based university education.  

KPU proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  


The Department of English offers a B.A. Major and a Minor in English. We also run first-year English courses for all students enrolled in degree programs at KPU (approximately 6,000 students annually, most of whom study in disciplines outside of English). Our small class sizes range from 25-35 students, and we embrace diversity, inclusion, and active learning in our classrooms. Our faculty members have a passion for teaching, a focus on transformative learning, and a commitment to the success of our students. Recruiting and retaining colleagues who reflect our diverse student body—55% of which is South Asian, East Asian, or of mixed ethnic background—is a long-term goal of our department.


The Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for a 50% Non-Regular Type Two (part-time temporary) contract faculty position commencing May 1, 2021. A 50% NR2 position would involve teaching four sections in the Summer semester, with the possibility of additional work (up to four sections) in Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022. Candidates can find out more about the rights and responsibilities of NR-2 faculty by visiting the KPU-KFA Collective Agreement. English courses are normally offered at the Surrey, Richmond, Langley, or Civic Plaza campuses of KPU; however, Summer 2021 courses are being offered online. Applicants should have experience teaching online courses. The successful applicant should reside in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. 

Non-Regular Type 2 faculty teach several sections of ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing. NR-2 faculty may also be asked to teach ENGL 1202 Reading and Writing About Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature OR ENGL 1204 Reading and Writing About Genre: An Introduction to Literature. Descriptions of these courses can be found at 

Only in exceptional circumstances are Non-Regular Faculty called upon to teach upper-level courses. 

For more information about the English Department and our Bachelor program, please see

More information concerning the working conditions for a faculty member are outlined in Article 12 of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) Collective Agreement


We are seeking an individual who meets the following qualifications:

•    A completed PhD, or evidence of imminent completion of a PhD, in English or literary studies is required.
•    A current record of, or potential for, scholarly activity/ service within a relevant area or discipline is required.
•    Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is required.
•    Experience teaching English at the undergraduate level in the past five years is required.

Preference will be given to candidates with 
•    a two-year record of excellence in teaching (composition and literature) at the undergraduate level
•    experience teaching fully or partially online courses using an LMS such as Moodle
•    demonstrated expertise in the pedagogy of first-year academic writing 
•    experience teaching a diverse student body
•    history of strong commitment to departmental service
•    demonstrated expertise in Rhetoric and Composition, Canadian Literature, and/or Queer Studies 


A complete application must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of undergraduate teaching success (including representative course syllabi/outlines and course evaluations), copies of unofficial transcripts for graduate degrees, and a list of three professional references able to comment on teaching ability and academic accomplishments.

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Note to Applicants
The University welcomes and encourages applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. If you require an accommodation through our hiring process, please include your request in the application email.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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