Writing Studies
(Sessional Lecturers)


The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media (JWAM) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, invites applications for full- or part-time sessional lectureships to teach sections of WRDS 150: Writing and Research in the Disciplines (3 credits).  We expect to have approximately 16 sections available for sessional teaching across the following terms:

2022 Summer session:

  • Term 1: May 16 – June 30, 2022
  • Term 2: July 4 – August 19, 2022

2022 Winter session:

  • Term 1: Sept 6 – Dec 22, 2022
  • Term 2: Jan 9 – April 28, 2023

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, an exciting expansion of graduate and undergraduate programs known for their leadership in the fields of journalism and writing studies, offers research and teaching innovation in journalism and media, writing and communication, and knowledge-making and mobilization. Contributing to the development of scholarly and professional communication and media competencies across and beyond UBC, the School creates unique opportunities for students to succeed as practiced writers and media professionals in an era of significant shifts in communication technology and culture.

The School currently offers WRDS 150, Writing and Research in the Disciplines, as one of four undergraduate courses to nearly 5,600 students a year. We offer distinct sections of WRDS 150 for students registered in the Faculty of Arts (WRDS 150A) and students in non-Arts faculties (WRDS 150B). Each section of WRDS 150 enrols 30 students and takes a writing-in-the-disciplines approach to reading and writing, with relevant representation from disciplines including natural and applied sciences, the social sciences, humanities, and creative and performing arts.

Successful applicants will have a doctorate in a relevant field (including writing and discourse studies, rhetoric, applied language studies, communications) OR a doctorate and significant experience teaching academic writing in university settings (this teaching should be informed by current writing theory).  Training and/or experience in technical writing and/or science communication would be an asset.  Successful applicants will also provide evidence of strong performance in teaching, including a command over subject matter pertinent to WRDS 150, an understanding of recent developments in related fields, preparedness in the classroom, accessibility to students, and a positive influence on their academic growth.  Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Jonathan Otto at jonathan.otto@ubc.ca.

We embrace anti-racist and anti-colonial approaches in our teaching of WRDS 150, recognizing the partial nature of knowledge production and communication.  Thus, we seek to foster an open and diverse community within our unit, and encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

How to Apply:

If you are currently teaching WRDS 150:

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A sample syllabus for a WRDS 150B class (for non-Arts students)
  • A letter of application highlighting key aspects of your approach to teaching WRDS 150, recent developments in your teaching of writing studies courses, and your success as an instructor

The committee will consult UBC student evaluations of teaching.

If you are not currently teaching WRDS 150:

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A letter of application explaining how your research and teaching background qualifies you for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae (please detail postsecondary teaching experience, including credit value of each course)
  • A sample course outline for a section of WRDS 150B (for non-Arts students): include course description, list of sample texts, learning outcomes, and descriptions of sample assignments.

Further information from applicants may be requested during the review process.

Sample WRDS 150B syllabi may be found here:


Sample WRDS 150A syllabi may be found here:


Application materials must be submitted online as .pdf files. Please follow the instructions provided on the application webpage found at the link below.


Review of applications will begin on February 25, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval and are governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The current minimum salary is $7962.24 per 3-credit course.