Lecturer in Cantonese Language & Culture – Department of Asian Studies University of British Columbia

Applications close on April 18, 2022

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a lecturer position in Cantonese language and culture, to commence on September 1, 2022. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position for an initial term of up to three years (of which the first year is probational). The position is renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.

We seek an exceptional teacher of Cantonese language and culture with expertise in language instruction from basic to advanced level for both heritage and non-heritage learners. The successful candidate will teach a total of 24 credits (eight 3-credit equivalent courses) per year, the majority of which will be for courses on Cantonese language while the rest will be for courses, taught in Cantonese or English, on aspects of the languages, culture, or history of the Cantonese-speaking world that are aligned with the candidate’s teaching interests. The successful candidate will also be expected to assist in the administration and development of UBC’s highly regarded Cantonese language program.

Requirements for candidates include: full professional proficiency in Cantonese and English, as well as university-level competency in Mandarin; a Ph.D. degree in Cantonese/Chinese Linguistics, Second Language Education/Acquisition/Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, or a related field; evidence of excellent teaching of Cantonese and/or Mandarin at the post-secondary level in an anglophone university; evidence of teaching innovations for both language and content courses; experience in online teaching and innovative use of technology in language instruction; knowledge of current developments in language pedagogy and curriculum design; experience with language-proficiency assessment and language-placement practice; and a strong record of participation in teamwork and contributions to program development. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service as well as to work collaboratively with other instructors on curriculum design, development of instructional materials, and related programming matters.

The Lecturer in Cantonese Language and Culture will join a department (asia.ubc.ca) with a stellar reputation for its teaching and research of Asia as well as a vibrant community of teacher-scholars associated with the UBC Cantonese Language Program (cantonese.arts.ubc.ca) and the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative (hksi.ubc.ca).

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following in the order listed (in a single PDF file): an application letter that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
a curriculum vitae; link to a sample language teaching video (please upload demonstration to YouTube as an unlisted video); lesson plan for the content shown in the sample teaching video; other evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations, course syllabi, sample assignments/assessments/teaching activities, etc.); a one-page statement about the applicant’s experience relevant to working with a diverse student body as well as their contributions (or potential contributions) to creating and advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; names and contact information of three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation should the candidate be long- or short-listed.

Complete applications received on or before April 18, 2022, will be given priority consideration. Application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers. Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact Dr. Leo K. Shin, Chair, Search Committee, at Leo.Shin@ubc.ca.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.