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Sessional Instructor, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

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Job ID: 16411

Updated: November 16, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Educational Development Unit invite applications for a full-time Sessional Appointment (12-month) as an Educational Development Consultant

The anticipated start date is November 1, 2018

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning, and the teaching approaches and practices that affect student learning. The Taylor Institute (TI) promotes the teaching development of instructors, high-impact student experiences such as inquiry-based and experiential learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.   Academic staff in the TI: (a) lead and/or contribute to educational development programs for graduate students, postdoctoral students, and instructors across career stages; (b) consult with individual faculty to strengthen teaching and learning approaches; (c) collaborate with faculty and academic units to support educational innovation and change; (d) provide leadership and guidance in the educational development activities of the EDU, TI, and other academic units; (e) and engage in scholarship related to educational development and teaching and learning in postsecondary education.

The Taylor Institute is committed to supporting the implementation of the University of Calgary¿s Indigenous Strategy, ii' taa' poh' to' p and to build relationships with people from Treaty 7 & and Metis Region III. The candidate will be committed to shifting the University and the Taylor Institute culture to increase Indigenous perspective and worldviews in teaching and learning practice. Experience supporting community dialogue and campus engagement, with universities, Indigenous communities and community stakeholders would be an asset.

This sessional position requires 1) Educational Practice: Includes developing, leading and managing research-informed educational development practices and programs, and other related activities, 2) Leadership and Service: Includes leadership and service activities associated with the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Calgary, and the broader educational development and academic community, and 3) Scholarship: Includes engaging in research related to the scholarship of curriculum development, the scholarship of educational development and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning. Priority areas of focus for this role are providing expertise in Indigenous perspectives, and diversity, inclusivity and accessibility in postsecondary education.

An expectation of the role is the conducting of independent research; creating research papers or other scholarly publications; disseminating the results of research by means appropriate to a scholarly discipline; influencing research topics and allocating research grants; teaching and assessing faculty and graduate students; and, developing curriculum and leading educational development certificates.

The successful candidate will also be expected to advance programs and scholarship activities related to the Taylor Institute's strategic plan and the University of Calgary's Academic Plan. This requires working closely with students, faculty, and staff to help develop and lead educational development programming and recommending research-informed practices to the leadership team at the Taylor Institute.

Position Requirements

  • Completed a PhD in a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to educational development at a post-secondary institution.
  • Experienced in contributing to teaching, student learning, educational development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Scholarly and professional experience related to Indigenous perspectives, and diversity, inclusivity and accessibility in postsecondary education.
  • Demonstrated history of ongoing professional development.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in providing one-on-one confidential consultations regarding educational development.
  • Experience and demonstration of excellence in developing and providing educational development workshops.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence as part of their teaching dossier.
  • Knowledge and scholarship in the area of educational development

To apply, please submit the following: a letter of application which provides an overview of your interests in this position, and a brief overview of your educational/curriculum development experiences and practice-based research interests; a curriculum vitae; an educational development portfolio (maximum 10 pages) that articulates a philosophy of Educational Development, provides selected examples and evidence of successfully developed educational development initiatives, and demonstrates evidence of engagement in scholarship in educational/curriculum development; and, three (3) letters of reference that refer to the your teaching and educational development expertise and your fit with the position.

Application documents must be uploaded through the “Apply” below and addressed to:
Dr. Ellen Perrault
Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Applications will be accepted until all vacancies are filled.

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. 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)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning visit.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 



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