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Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Nursing

Job ID: 19456

Updated: October 9, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, is seeking a Sessional Instructor to develop and teach graduate level courses in mental health and addictions.  The courses are part of the Stackable Certificate Master of Nursing Program.  Course development and instruction of the new courses will take place in the Winter and Spring/Summer Semesters of 2020.

WINTER SEMESTER (January 6 - April 30, 2020)
SPRING/SUMMER (May 6 - August 28, 2020)

NURS 612 (Understand Comorbidity: Advanced Assessment, Screening and Practice Implications)
NURS 614 (Therapeutic Practices: Counselling, Treatment Planning, and Sustained Recovery)
NURS 616 (Specialized Practice Integration)
NURS 618 (Specialized Practice Demonstration)

We are seeking applicants with nursing practice in the mental health and addictions environment, particularly those with previous nursing education practice experience.  Candidates should be well versed in neuroscience perspectives on brain development and addictions, as well as therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused counselling, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care. 

Course development and delivery of the course takes place both on and off campus in an online format.  Flexibility for availability varies and may include a combination of days and evenings for office hours, answering student e-mails and delivering synchoronous sessions during the teaching of the course. 

Sessional Instructors are provided with exceptional orientation, mentorship, and ongoing professional development. The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B.  Please see the Faculty Association's website for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Course Development Responsibilities:

  • Work with the term lead in mental health and addictions to develop the courses in relation to other courses in the certificate
  • Work with the instructional design team to build modules and create online format
  • Have a basic knowledge of D2L

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Work effectively with small groups of students on-campus or in off-campus settings in mental health and addictions
  • Participate in team meetings related to the practice course and faculty governance
  • Participate in student assessment and evaluations on and off campus
  • Seek excellence in teaching by applying various teaching strategies and working with colleagues
  • Encourage and foster an environment of inquiry and valuing of evidence informed practice 


 Candidates must be eligible for registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.  A Master's degree is required to teach all courses.

Applied Experience:   

  • Current practice experience related to semester focus
  • Broad experience across a variety of areas
  • Experience in clinical teaching, mentoring and supervision of students

Enhanced Abilities:    

  • Application of adult teaching/learning principles
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Evaluation and promotions of student problem solving and critical thinking
  • Ability to critique student performance and provide meaningful feedback
  • Prioritizing and meeting competing demands/requirements of varied settings
  • Computer skills in word processing, email and internet access

Consideration of applications will begin immediately. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest along with a current CV and names and contact information of three references by applying online via the 'Apply Now' link.

Application deadline is October 23, 2019

Dr. Kathryn King-Shier, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs 
University of Calgary, PF2262
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 1N4 
We thank you for your application. Only successful applicants will be contacted

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 Faculty of Nursing visit Careers in the Faculty of Nursing.

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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