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Sessional Instructor: Introductory Biology ¿ Indigenous Bridging Program, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 32284
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 08, 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 Faculty of Science believes that the diversity of our student population needs to reflect the diversity of our communities. Additionally, all students benefit from the opportunity to share and learn from Indigenous worldviews and perspectives in their courses in the Faculty of Science, which is situated on Treaty 7 territory and includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut¿ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

In response to the call to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and ii' taa'poh'to'p, the Faculty of Science¿s Indigenous Bridging Program provides an opportunity for those who self-identify as Indigenous to be admitted under the Indigenous Admission Supplementary Process ( Students admitted to the Indigenous Bridging Program will be guaranteed admission to the Faculty of Science upon completion of bridging courses to meet program pre-requisites.

Position Description: 

The Department of Biological Sciences, within the Faculty of Science, invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to develop a curriculum for a new course in Introductory Biology ¿ Indigenous Bridging Program.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities in developing a new introductory biology course (BIOL 212: Biological Ways of Thinking) that incorporates elements from high school biology, introductory university biology, and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in Biological Sciences for students with Biology 20 in order to successfully undertake a degree program that requires Biology 30 as a pre-requisite (see program admissions requirements here: The course will serve as a pre-requisite to Biology 241 in lieu of Biology 30.

For reference, the calendar entry and course outlines for Biology 241 may be found here:

Fall 2024 Term Dates: August 26, 2024 to December 24, 2024


The successful candidate requires a minimum of a Bachelor¿s Degree (BSc) in one of the biological sciences and a Bachelor¿s degree in Education. 
Experience in course design and/or curriculum development that incorporates Indigenous Ways of Knowing is required.

Please apply online via the ¿Apply Now¿ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments (which may require you to merge documents). A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf and include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy. 
  • Evidence of experience in course design and/or curriculum development that incorporates Indigenous Ways of Knowing.
  • Three letters of reference (can be submitted with the pdf application or sent under separate cover, by the application deadline, to [email protected]).

Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

Please visit for further information about the Department of Biological Sciences.

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.

As per the Collective Agreement, the Department of Biological Sciences will adhere to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

Thank you for submitting your online application. Only those candidates chosen to proceed in the selection process 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 Faculty of Science, click here. 

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