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Sessional Instructor: BIOL 371, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 32289
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 11, 2024

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The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Department of Biological Sciences within the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Fall 2024 Term Sessional Instructor.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities for instruction of half of this 3-unit course along with course coordination. The candidate will teach the lectures related to the animal content of the course. Note that there are 2 sections of this course, thus the candidate will teach the animal content for both sections. 

Biology 371 - Comparative Biology of Plants and Animals
BIOL 371 provides an exploration of how multicellular organisms meet the challenges of living, both as individuals, and in an evolutionary context. Parallels and divergence between plants and animals are illustrated in their responses to the challenges they face, with the water-to-land transition forming a central theme in shaping the form and function of plant and animal life.

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

Delivery Mode: All course components will be delivered in-person.

Teaching Schedule: To be confirmed. Please monitor

The successful candidate requires a minimum of an MSc in one of the biological sciences, with a PhD preferred. They also require evidence of teaching effectiveness and previous teaching experience, preferably in this course. 

Please apply on-line 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 teaching effectiveness 

Three letters of reference are also required and 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)

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