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Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate Professor Position in Refugee Education

The Faculty of Education in the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured) in the area of Refugee Education in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy. World politics and conditions (e.g., global warming, viral pandemics, BIPOC communities and discrimination) gravely impact lives and situations of refugee communities. In a time when the flow across borders – globalization – changes rapidly, this new hire will contribute to and advance research capacity that engages the complex forces determining and shaping the most vulnerable lives in societies worldwide. The start date for this position is July 1, 2021, or as negotiated with the successful candidate.

UBC’s Faculty of Education is a leader in the field of Refugee Education. The Faculty worked in collaboration with East African universities to develop and offer a Teacher Education diploma program in the Dadaab refugee camps. We will hire a scholar in this field who has the potential, expertise, experience and commitment to advance research and scholarship in Refugee Education/Studies. This position will provide leadership in building new interdisciplinary studies and collaborative funding to address: framing refugee education in relevant directions and practices; contributing to refugee communities that have crossed physical, social and cultural borders; providing educational experiences children need, given their school-age years apart from their homeland, language and culture; and distinguishing roles of teachers and schools within resettled communities here in Canada and abroad.

This position will catalyze new and existing scholarship and connect an educational perspective to campus-wide research clusters. The successful candidate is expected to offer effective learning opportunities for graduate students and teacher candidates as they deal with the changing classroom and societal demographics. This faculty position in Refugee Education is unique and we are looking for an individual with the potential to bring alumni, graduate and teacher education students together interdisciplinarity to create and research curriculum and pedagogy in refugee education across changing borders and boundaries.

Applicants to this position are required to have earned a doctoral degree with an emphasis on refugee education/studies, migration, emergency movement or displacement. The successful candidate will have significant research experience and a stellar track record with refugee issues and communities. In-depth knowledge of migration and related impacts is essential. The candidate must have a strong record of research dissemination, in terms of peer-reviewed articles in recognized academic journals in the field, and evidence of presentations at scholarly conferences. Demonstrated ability to participate in scholarly activity and to secure competitive research funding is required. The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to provide effective and successful teaching at various levels in their areas of study and to supervise graduate students.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
1) maintain an active research and scholarly program in the areas related to Refugee Education,
2) teach in undergraduate and graduate programs coordinated by the Department,
3) supervise graduate students enrolled in the Department’s programs,
4) contribute to the scholarly community and service work of the Department, the Faculty of Education and the University, and
5) participate in outreach within the broader educational community.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus is located on traditional unceded Musqueam territory in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The University is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university. The UBC Faculty of Education is one of the leading faculties of its kind in the world, advancing educational research and understanding of teaching and learning in a way that celebrates diversity, equity and innovation, and welcomes international collaboration in an increasingly borderless globe. We provide a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magistral, and doctoral levels. Academic units include the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Department of Educational Studies, the Department of Language and Literacy Education, the School of Kinesiology and the Okanagan School of Education.

The Department of EDCP is committed to advancing research into curriculum and pedagogy in a variety of contexts and across the lifespan. Our mission is to provide local, national, and international leadership in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning. Our research supports commitments to the study of curriculum and pedagogy in school, post-secondary, community, and informal learning contexts. The Department offers a number of graduate programs at both the Master’s and PhD levels, some of which are structured as research themed cohorts.

The Faculty of Education and UBC are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research/educational leadership, experience and service that they can contribute to this goal. Familiarity with, and experience designing research/educational leadership projects, and using pedagogical methods that enable students across Indigenous, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential, will be considered a valuable additional qualification. Candidates should have a strong commitment to fostering inclusivity and teaching effectively in a welcoming environment.

This is a tenure stream position in the Professoriate Stream. The successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. A detailed description of the rank of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor and the criteria for reappointment and promotion can be found on our website. Starting salary is determined both by the candidate’s qualifications and experience and by their placement on the career progress scale within the UBC Faculty of Education. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Interested applicants are invited to send:
(i) a cover letter indicating the position being sought and outlining potential teaching and research contributions to the Department,
(ii) curriculum vitae,
(iii) a research statement,
(iv) a summary of teaching interests and philosophy,
(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course outlines and student evaluations if available),
(vi) three published articles that are significant and relevant to their research interests, and
(vii) a Diversity Statement. Diversity is an important part of the EDCP/Faculty of Education/UBC mission. Please provide a Diversity Statement (max 1 page) that describes and documents how diversity figures into your past and present expertise and experience of teaching, research/educational leadership, as well as your lived experience. Going forward, how would you imagine incorporating attention to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion in teaching, research and service?

The complete application file should be submitted in the format of one bookmarked PDF file, addressed to Dr. Samson Nashon, Department Head, and sent electronically to Ms. Anna Ip (Head’s Assistant) at [email protected] Following the submission of the application, the applicant will receive an Equity Survey link via email. Completion of the Equity Survey is required as part of the application process.

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Ms. Anna Ip (Head’s Assistant) at [email protected] by the deadline below. Note that applicants to any faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor should provide at least two of the three letters of reference from academic colleagues located at institutions external to UBC and external to the applicant’s home institution.

While applications will be received until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications by March 12, 2021 to ensure optimal consideration.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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