Lecturer, Master of Urban Forestry Leadership

Hiring Organization: The University of British Columbia
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a Lecturer (term appointment). The successful candidate will principally lead the development, teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) graduate program with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed. The MUFL program provides education and training in urban forestry management to an international student body that includes recent graduates, early and mid-career professionals.

The Lecturer will teach or co-teach courses on, for example, urban forest governance, urban forest planning and management, assessing urban forest resources and benefits, and a capstone course in which students will work on their own, final projects. Courses will often be taught collaboratively, with the involvement of other Faculty members as well as industry experts. The lecturer will also play a key role in program coordination, managing, promoting, and developing the program in close collaboration with the Program Director.

The MUFL program provides an international scope to urban forestry and an anticipated diverse student population in terms of experience, discipline, and cultural background. As a result, the lecturer will play a central role in curriculum development and professional associations supporting MUFL education, and integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into curriculum is highly desirable. Student mentoring will also be an important part of the lecturer’s tasks. The program will be taught online, at least for the initial 2021-2022 academic year, with the possibility of in-person delivery in the future.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a proven track record in teaching governance, planning, and management aspects of urban forestry, arboriculture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban ecology, or a related field. The successful candidate must provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching and potential for creating innovative instructional environments in the classroom and online. Experience in curriculum development, course design, and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate is also an asset.

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are desirable: a PhD in urban forestry or a closely related topic is preferred; proven relevant experience in field and classroom instruction and course development; experience with online course delivery; and experience with teaching in programs with students from different backgrounds. Also desirable is two or more years of practical experience in natural resource management, urban planning, landscape architecture, or related fields.

The lectureship appointment will start as soon as possible, but no later than 1 July 2021. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for a period of three years (subject to successful performance), with the possibility for subsequent renewal.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests relevant to the position, a one-page maximum diversity statement explaining how you would contribute to the University’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment that includes those under-represented in urban forestry sciences, and full contact information for three individuals that can provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications should be submitted online at UBC Faculty Careers, JR1161 by 15 March, 2021.

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 candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.