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Job: English Instructor, Permanent Full-time — Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Deadline: July 13, 2021)

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


The Department of English offers a B.A. Major and 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). The English Department’s 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. Our department is also home to a Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies. Recruiting and retaining colleagues who reflect our diverse student body—a large portion of which is South Asian, East Asian, or of mixed ethnic background—is a continuing goal of our department. Faculty are supported by a university-wide Anti-Racism Taskforce and the President’s Diversity and Equity Committee.


The Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for up to two 100% Probationary Regular (full-time ongoing) faculty position(s) commencing September 1, 2021. A 100% Regular position involves teaching eight sections per year. Candidates can find out more about the rights and responsibilities of Regular Faculty by visiting the KPU-KFA Collective Agreement.

English courses are offered at the Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and Civic Plaza campuses of KPU; however, some courses may be online. Applicants should have experience teaching online courses. The successful applicant will reside in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. 

Each semester, Regular Faculty teach several sections of ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing and at least one of our first-year literature courses: ENGL 1202 OR ENGL 1204. Descriptions of these courses can be found at   

Regular Faculty often teach one or two 2000-4000 level courses per year. Our degree program is growing, and we are currently looking to expand our offerings in the following areas: 

•    African/Black Studies
•    Latinx Literatures
•    AAPI Literatures
•    Queer Studies (LGBTQIA2S+)  
•    Disability Studies
•    Diasporic Literatures in Canada
•    Critical Animal Studies/Ecocriticism
•    Theatre Studies
•    Experiential and/or Service Learning

We invite all candidates in any of these areas who meet the qualifications listed below to apply. Successful candidates will be asked to develop curriculum in at least one of these areas of specialization. 

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

More information concerning the working conditions for faculty members is outlined in Article 12 of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) Collective Agreement.


We are seeking individuals who meet the following minimum qualifications:
•    A completed PhD, or evidence of imminent completion of a PhD, in English or literary studies
•    A current record of, or potential for, scholarly activity/ service within a relevant area or discipline
•    Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level
•    Experience teaching English at the undergraduate level in the past five years 
•    Specialization in one or more of the areas listed above 

Preference will be given to candidates with 

•    A two-year record of excellence in teaching (composition and literature) at the undergraduate level
•    Demonstrated expertise in pedagogy of first-year academic writing
•    Experience teaching a diverse student body
•    Innovative, diverse, and inclusive approaches to curriculum development, pedagogy, and scholarship
•    A focus on student success and mentorship
•    Dedication to a pedagogical culture of care and compassion 
•    Demonstrated strong commitment to departmental service
•    Potential for community engagement in teaching and/ or research
•    Dedication to team building and collegial collaboration
•    Experience teaching fully or partially online courses using an LMS such as Moodle 


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.

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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