Contract or Sessional Job Postings

Job: Creative Writing – Individualized Study Tutor, Athabasca University (Deadline: 4 July 2023)

Athabasca University’s Learning Services Tutorial Department is seeking an Individualized Study Tutor for the following courses: 

ENGL 380 (Writing Poetry) –  Writing Poetry – ENGL 380 | Online course | Athabasca University

ENGL 387 (Writing Speculative Fiction) – Writing Speculative Fiction – ENGL 387 | Online course | Athabasca University

ENGL 482 (Advanced Fiction Writing) – Advanced Fiction Writing – ENGL 482 | Online course | Athabasca University

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Qualifications and Experience Required:  A minimum of a Master’s degree required (PhD preferred) in English Literature or Creative Writing. 

The successful candidate will have subject matter expertise and be responsible for providing academic assistance to students, for marking assignments, and for assigning and recording final grades.  Teaching experience at a post-secondary level is required.  Experience in distance learning and familiarity with digital teaching technologies and online course delivery is preferred.  Experience with adult education and Moodle online course delivery is considered an asset.  

Along with the relevant academic credentials as mentioned above, this position requires excellent communication, organizational, administration and online/computer skills.  The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to maintain a high academic standard, maintain accurate student records, and return students’ work promptly and within the University’s required service standards.  Candidates must own or have access to a computer and internet with the capability to communicate with the University and students and the capability to run any applications required to perform tutorial support.  Please see for more information on computer and internet connection requirements.

For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Angie Abdou, Course Coordinator at

First consideration will be given to internal applicants according to Article 7 of The Board/CUPE Collective Agreement, followed by those candidates who are able to work from Alberta and then those who are able to work from within Canada.

Non-doctoral prepared employees: $236.70 prorated per block, per biweekly pay and/or $30.17 per hour.

Doctoral prepared employees: $246.16 prorated per block, per biweekly pay and/or $31.37 per hour

About AU: 

Our Mission: Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide. For more information, please visit AU’s Strategic Plan IMAGINE: Transforming Lives. Transforming Communities ( 

I-CARE Values: The students and staff of Athabasca University hold a set of complementary values that are fundamental to Athabasca University’s identity and functioning:

  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Adaptability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

What AU Offers: 

Benefits and Pension eligibility differs based on employee group and may include:

  • Defined Benefits Pension Plan
  • Alberta Health Care
  • Extended Health Care
  • Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability Coverage
  • Vacation
  • Office Closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Discretionary Benefit Fund
  • AU Course Allowance
  • A Variety of Leaves (e.g., Maternity/Parental/Adoption, Compassionate Care, etc.)
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Educational credentials will be verified before an offer of employment is extended. An offer of employment is conditional upon verification of educational credentials. 

All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada.  

E-Transcripts shared directly from your Post-Secondary Institution via email are acceptable. 

WES may be used to verify international educational credentials. Processing time for verification of international qualifications may take up to one month; please plan accordingly. 

We will only accept applications received through our online recruitment system. Please include your resume, letter of application, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

Note: Online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on the closing date.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

Athabasca University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, persons of any gender identity and expression, and members of visible minorities. 

Where applicants have equal skills, abilities, and experience, candidates residing within or willing to relocate to the County of Athabasca will be given preference.

Working outside of Canada is not supported by Athabasca University. You are legally not permitted to work for Athabasca University if you are living outside of Canada.

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