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Job: English Instructor(s) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Deadline: Open until Filled)

The Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for two 50-100% Non-Regular Type Two (full-time temporary) faculty positions from January 1, 2023.

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.  

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is the fourth largest university in the province of British Columbia and serves communities in the South Fraser region and beyond.  A leader in innovative, interdisciplinary education with a teaching-focused mandate, KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve the highest standards of academic performance. Our many programs of study provide applied learning and broad-based university education.  

Within KPU, the Faculty of Arts has over 6000 full-time students and over 300 faculty members from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty of Arts includes 19 departments and 21 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Faculty is also home to two Canada Research Chairs: the first in Lifespan Cognition, and the second in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies. Many of our programs offer opportunities for experiential education through practicums, co-ops, international field-schools and exchanges, service learning, community engagement, and research collaborations. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, please visit our website at:  

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.


I. NR2 50-100% x2 (temporary part-time or full-time)
The Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for two 50-100% Non-Regular Type Two (full-time temporary) faculty positions from January 1, 2023. This 50-100% NR2 position would involve teaching between two and four sections in the Spring (January to April) semester, and between two and four sections in the Summer (May to August) semester. 

The courses will be offered in person, and the successful candidates may be asked to teach on two of KPU’s four campuses (Surrey, Richmond, Langley, or Surrey Civic Plaza campuses). 

Primary teaching duties will include two or more sections of ENGL 1100: Introduction to University Writing and may include one section of the following: 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. 

The position would come with an expectation of meaningful university service.

II. Other Contract Positions
We are also seeking qualified instructors in other areas within English for our teaching inventory. When on the Qualified Faculty List, you may be offered work should it become available. These contracts categorize as an NR1 Faculty appointment. Candidates can find out more about the rights and responsibilities of NR1 faculty by visiting the KPU-KFA Collective Agreement.

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


  • 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
  • Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level
  • Experience teaching English at the undergraduate level in the past five years 

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 instruction of first-year academic writing
  • Experience teaching a diverse student body
  • Innovative, diverse, and inclusive approaches to pedagogy and scholarship
  • A focus on student success 
  • Dedication to a pedagogical culture of care and compassion 
  • Demonstrated commitment to departmental service
  • In addition to the above, training and experience in one of the following areas would be desirable: Canadian Literature; Latinx Literatures; AAPI Literatures; Middle Eastern Literatures; East Asian Literatures; Disability Studies; Ecocriticism/Animal Studies; Experiential and/or Service Learning; Rhetoric and Composition


complete application must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations, a recent writing sample or a relevant publication, and a list of three references able to comment on your teaching and academic qualifications.

Applicants invited to be interviewed will be required to provide copies of official transcripts. 

Job posting will be live for 2 weeks, please submit your application before this deadline. 

Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?

We at KPU understand that experiences and qualifications may look differently for everyone and, if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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.  

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