Assistant Professor of Teaching (tenure-track) in Geological Engineering - University of British Columbia

published Nov 1, 2021 3:57pm

Nov 1, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Geological Engineering. The position provides the opportunity to pursue a career based on excellence in teaching and educational leadership in one of the top programs of its kind.

The successful candidate will teach core subjects in geological engineering, including geology for engineers and site investigation, and will oversee a fourth-year capstone engineering design project course. Applicants must possess a Master's degree or PhD, and be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia (see EGBC). Candidates are also expected to have industry design experience in one or more areas related to geological engineering, and competence in geological science and its application to engineering challenges. The position requires effective communication skills and a commitment to educational leadership in creating innovative instructional environments in the classroom, laboratory, online, and field settings. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in management of the Geological Engineering Program, including course and curriculum development, and will work with EOAS and UBC peers in the Education Leadership professorial stream to advance the university's teaching and learning mandates.

UBC's Geological Engineering Program is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and is internationally renowned and respected for its teaching and professional development of engineering graduates. As part of EOAS, this position will build on the department's global leadership in Earth Sciences education, with the potential to bridge to other engineering disciplines and programs interested in strengthening or developing experiential learning programs. We seek candidates who have the capacity and interest to interact with other teaching and learning clusters both within and outside UBC, developing connections and fostering relationships with local and international engineering companies, professional societies, and Indigenous communities. EOAS is dedicated to practicing excellence in evidence-based learning, and provides a supporting environment to new faculty members to achieve this.

UBC and EOAS also recognize that equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence, and that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged, leading to more relevant and impactful teaching and learning. Accordingly, we particularly encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code. This includes racialization, status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status and/or age. EOAS is committed to supporting success for individuals from traditionally-disadvantaged groups, building on existing efforts across UBC to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in our teaching and learning missions.

UBC's Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the top cities in the world for quality of life. It is a diverse and welcoming city, made up of different religions, ethnicities, and cultural groups from all over the world, and from Canada's Indigenous communities. This diversity is reflected in the student population in EOAS and UBC, and is a source of the city's strength, vitality, and prosperity. UBC seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of this diversity, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

How to Apply:

Candidates should visit the online application portal.

Applications should be uploaded as a single PDF file that includes:
i) a cover letter, 
ii) a detailed curriculum vitae, 
iii) a one to two-page statement of their teaching interests and philosophy, describing how these have been informed by engineering experience and practice, and
iv) a one-page statement describing their experiences with diversity and planned contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.

Applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted and asked to provide names and contact information for three referees familiar with the applicants' recent work. The review of applications will start on January 9, 2022. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as July 2022, or at a date of mutual agreement.

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

Questions should be directed by email to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Erik Eberhardt,