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Job: English – Sessional Instructors, Vancouver Island University (Deadline: May 26, 2021)

The English Department at Vancouver Island University offers a BA program that asserts the relevance of the literary arts, critical and creative thinking, academic research, and effective communication skills. We prepare our students to read literature and culture, as well as to engage with different perspectives. By doing so, we want to empower our students to make informed decisions that benefit their communities, and to communicate these decisions effectively in written and oral contexts. The department supports the Arts and Humanities Colloquium; The Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poets Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Creative Writing Department; The MeTA Digital Humanities Lab; The Fall Feast, and talks by visiting writers. To apply and for further details, click here.

The English Department is seeking three (3) instructors to teach four (4) sections of first-year courses each in the Fall and two (2) part-time sessional instructors in the Spring. Classes are planned for face-to-face instruction on the Nanaimo and possibly Cowichan campuses. Specific workload to be determined.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.


PhD in English from an appropriately accredited institution and recent post-secondary teaching experience. Demonstrated technical competency related to the position.


  • Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Indigenous descent.

Please note that for the foreseeable future, teaching at VIU will be conducted through alternate delivery methods, including online, face-to-face, blended, or hy-flex. The requirement to conduct teaching through alternate delivery methods may also extend past the immediate semester and possibly for the duration of the appointment. Application to this position acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the instructor to adapt their teaching to these unusual circumstances. Assistance with adapting to these changes will be available from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning.

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