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Sessional Instructors, Undergraduate Programs in Education, Fall 2024 EDUCs

Job ID: 31684
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 09, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Werklund School of Education, Undergraduate Programs, at the University of Calgary invites applications for term certain Sessional Instructor positions for Fall 2024

Fall 2024

Position Requirements

  • A completed doctorate in education, but professionals with a master's degree will also be considered
  • Five years of successful teaching experience at the elementary/secondary level preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school and community members
  • Demonstrated history of ongoing professional development
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of creativity and flexibility
  • Recent experience as a partner teacher or school liaison preferred 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the undergraduate program in Education and commitment to inquiry-based teaching and learning will also be considered assets for these positions

New applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three written letters of reference addressed to Dr. Amy Burns, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs in Education

Returning applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated CV
  • Most recent term of employment and course(s) taught

Fall 2024 Courses of Instruction

EDUC 205: Reading Educational Research [Web-Based]

Focusing on students' reading skills, this course continues to develop awareness of academic language genres, formal versus informal language use, and the development of critical thinking and logical argumentation skills. Continuing development of study skills and approaches that foster long-term academic success are integrated into course materials.

EDUC 207: How Children Learn to Read [Web-Based]

Examines how young children learn to read through their world of daily experiences.

EDUC 209: Supporting Children’s Reading [Web-Based]

Students will explore strategies for promoting reading development through integrated experiential learning opportunities.

EDUC 420: Issues in Learning and Teaching [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Presents an overview of the central issues related to the nature of learning and teaching for those preparing for the teaching profession. Themes include: the nature of learning; current realities in society; patterns of growth and development; and the changing dynamics of the teaching profession.

Note: EDUC 420 is a plenary course. 

EDUC 427: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math [In-Person]

An introduction to key elements of STEM Education, including curriculum, pedagogy, standards and assessment. Participants will learn how to engage students and integrate STEM topics across all subject areas.

Note: EDUC 427 is a decimalized course, divided by teachable subject route. Fall 2024 courses include:

  • EDUC 427.01: Early Childhood Education route teachable
  • EDUC 427.02: Elementary route teachable
  • EDUC 427.03: Secondary route teachables

EDUC 430: Pragmatics of Learning and Teaching [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Examines the concomitant requirements within which teachers operate. The major components that will be addressed include the ways in which teachers work within the parameters of prescribed curricula and assessment requirements, follow system and school policies, participate in team teaching and school culture, and reflect one's work, values and goals.

Note: Instructors teaching EDUC 430 must also be available to teach EDUC 440. 

EDUC 440: Field Experience I [Practicum]

Students will engage in school settings through observation and assistance to explore the organization of learning in the school and the perspective of the learner and the teacher.

Note: Instructors teaching EDUC 440 must also be available to teach EDUC 430. 

EDUC 435: Literacy, Language and Culture [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Course examines definitions of literacy and how children and youth develop as literate beings. Students will focus on the role of teachers in supporting meaningful engagement with reading, writing, speaking and listening in ways that are attuned to developmental appropriateness, linguistic and cultural diversity, and content area learning.

Note: EDUC 435 sections are routed by Early Childhood Education/Elementary teachables, Secondary teachables, or Community-Based K-12 teachables. 

EDUC 521: Design for Learning [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Students will explore key design processes for pedagogical design in K-12 classrooms from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives and through various knowledge building experiences.

EDUC 530: Indigenous Education [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Students will be introduced to the national and international experiences and advances of Indigenous peoples as related to education. Particular attention will be given to understanding the histories and diversity of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada and the concomitant implications that this has for education policy and practice.

EDUC 535: Specialization II [In-Person]

Deepens students' knowledge on enacting pedagogy in each of the specialization in the program and their pedagogical content knowledge in each specialization including further examination of the Alberta Programs of Study; longer term design of learning for deep understanding of learners.

Note: EDUC 535 is a decimalized course, divided by teachable subject area. Fall 2024 courses include:

  • EDUC 535.02: Elementary – English Language Learners
  • EDUC 535.04 combined with 535.13: Elementary and Secondary Fine Arts
  • EDUC 535.06: Elementary – Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 535.09: Elementary – Science
  • EDUC 535.10 combined with 535.18: Elementary and Secondary Second Languages
  • EDUC 535.17: Secondary – Science
  • EDUC 535.19: Secondary – Social Studies

EDUC 540: Field Experience III [Practicum – Calgary and Area Placements]

Students will engage in increased teaching experiences in a school setting under the guidance of a partner teacher, university field experience instructor and the school leadership team.

Note: Instructors interested in EDUC 540 Out of Area practicum placements will apply under a separate sessional posting. Typically, instructors who teach EDUC 540 must also teach EDUC 560: Field Experience IV in the Winter term. Please refer to our Winter sessional posting. 

The term runs from: August 28th to December 22nd. Visit the academic Calendar for all term dates. 

Further course details can be found via the Calendar, by filtering Subject code by ‘EDUC’. 

Please submit your application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents.

While we accept all applications for this vacancy, we may have candidates with the right of first refusal as per Article 23.12.1 of the University of Calgary Faculty Association Collective Agreement. The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B.  Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Application deadline: May 30, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting application packages. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Werklund School of Education, click here.

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