Tenure-Stream Educational Leadership Faculty Positions

The University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science
Tenure-Stream Educational Leadership Faculty Positions

The University of British Columbia invites applications for two tenure-track faculty teaching positions at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at the Vancouver Campus. Both positions are related to data science:

  • Undergraduate CS (Data science): This position has a general focus on undergraduate education, with a concentration on supporting the undergraduate Data Science initiatives of the Faculty of Science.
  • MDS/CS: This position has a primary focus on contributing to the delivery and further development of the Master of Data Science (MDS) program

UBC Computer Science ranks among the top departments in North America, with approximately 60 tenure-track faculty, 200 graduate and 2000 undergraduate students.

This position provides the rare opportunity to participate as a first-class colleague in the intellectually exciting atmosphere of a top-tier computer science department, while pursuing a career based on excellence in teaching and educational leadership (as explained on the Teaching and Educational Leadership page of the UBC Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology). Initial appointment will be at the Instructor rank which is the first rank in UBC's tenure-track Educational Leadership Stream career path, which continues with the tenured Senior Instructor rank, and culminates with the Professor of Teaching rank. This path is analogous to the Research stream faculty progression of tenure-track Assistant Professor, tenured Associate Professor, and Full Professor. Faculty members in the Educational Leadership stream are eligible to apply for Study Leave (sabbatical) under similar terms to faculty members in the Research stream. The anticipated start date for these positions is July 1st, 2020.

The typical teaching load for an Instructor in the Computer Science department is two courses per term, for a total of four courses each year. Instructors for the MDS program (MDS/CS position) have a similar load distributed differently, as MDS modules are four-weeks long, and there is an extensive two-month capstone project at the end of the program. In addition to instruction, MDS Instructors are expected to liaise with capstone project partners and mentor student capstone teams.

A PhD or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Science Education, or a related area is expected for all positions. The successful candidate must provide evidence of: demonstrated excellence in and commitment to undergraduate teaching, ability to work both collaboratively as well as independently and to supervise the work of others, promise of educational leadership at the national or international level, and potential for creating innovative instructional environments in both the undergraduate classroom and laboratory. 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.

Candidates should submit a (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a teaching statement, (4) a diversity statement, (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (6) the names of at least three references. The teaching statement should include the applicant's teaching philosophy, and a record of teaching interests and experience. The diversity statement should describe the applicant's experience working with a diverse student body, as well as their past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within their discipline. The cover letter should state which position(s) they are interested in, and applicants are encouraged to highlight throughout their application qualifications relevant to emerging technologies, pedagogical approaches, and research in teaching and learning. Candidates are also encouraged to highlight their expertise in Data Science areas such as: Web and Cloud Computing, Databases, Machine Learning, Information Visualization, etc. Additional materials supporting the application are also welcome.

Applications are to be submitted online:

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The website will remain open for submissions through the end of the day on November 24th, 2019. The website may remain open past that date at the discretion of the recruiting committee. All applications submitted while the website remains open will be considered.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the Instructor Recruiting Committee by email, at the address below.

Patrice Belleville
Chair, Instructor Recruiting Committee Department of Computer Science
Email for questions: instructor-recruiting-chair@cs.ubc.ca
(Do not email applications; applications must be submitted through our website at https://apps.cs.ubc.ca/fac-recruit/instr/apply/form.jsp)

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 will be given priority.

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