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Sessional Instructor: DATA 604, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 32296
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 08, 2024

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


The Department of Computer Science, within the Faculty of Science, invites applications for a Fall 2024 term Sessional Instructor.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities for instruction and associated duties for this 3-unit course during the Fall 2024 Term, including the supervision and direction of teaching assistants who instruct the tutorial sections.

DATA 604 - Working with Data at Scale

Explores the progression of data storage and processing, beginning with small, simple files and continuing to big, cloud-based databases. Data representation and simple file structures. An introduction to core database concepts with a variety of underlying data models, with a practical introduction to both SQL and NoSQL systems. Parallel and distributed storage and processing, including an introduction to cloud computing. Practical implications of storing and manipulating data at scale, with emphasis on ethics, privacy, and security.

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

Teaching Schedule:  To be confirmed. This course has non-standard dates ¿ tentatively scheduled October 21, 2024, to December 4, 2024. Please monitor for updates to course times.

Delivery Mode(s): All course components will be delivered in person.


Applicants should have a minimum of an MSc in Computer Science or a closely related discipline with a PhD preferred. Preference will be given to graduate students and postdocs in our program looking to obtain teaching experience, followed by applicants with a postgraduate degree.

Please apply on-line via the ¿Apply Now¿ link. A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Concise statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Teaching dossier describing past teaching experience, evidence of application of teaching philosophy which includes fostering an inclusive learning environment, and reflective practices.
  • 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].

NOTE: Applicants who have taught as a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Science within the past two years may choose to only submit a cover letter and current CV. Multiple positions may be filled by this posting.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

Please visit for further information about the Department of Computer Science.

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 Computer Science 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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