Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Higher Education

Faculty of Education
Department of Educational Studies


The Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), invites applications for a full­time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Higher Education.  The desired start date for the position is September 1, 2018 or as negotiated with the successful candidate.

We seek a strong researcher and teacher who can contribute to the Faculty’s and University’s strategic priorities by enhancing not only research excellence and student learning, but also community and international engagement, Indigenous education, and intercultural understanding. The successful applicant must have an earned doctoral degree in Higher Education or in a related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have an established or emerging research agenda, as well as demonstrated or developing teaching expertise, in one or more of the following areas: higher education finance, economics of higher education; and/or policy, governance, and planning of higher education. A research and teaching focus on higher education for historically marginalized peoples and communities is particularly welcome. The successful candidate is expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise graduate students, be engaged in sustained and productive scholarly activity, and contribute to scholarly and educational communities and service work of the Department, Faculty of Education, and the University.  In the Faculty of Education, a full-time Assistant Professor carries an annual teaching load of 4 courses (12 credits) or equivalent.

The Department of Educational Studies is a multidisciplinary department focusing on the broad study of education as a lifelong pursuit occurring in the community, the workplace, in institutions and in other contexts. The Department fulfills major commitments to undergraduate and graduate programs in the Faculty of Education, and enrolls both master’s and doctoral students. The Department’s graduate programs include specializations in Adult Learning and Education; Educational Administration and Leadership; Higher Education; Indigenous Education; and Society, Culture and Politics of Education. For more information, please see, http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/programs/higher-education/.

The UBC Vancouver campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people (http://www.musqueam.bc.ca). The University holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning and is currently ranked 2nd in Canada in the Times Higher Education 2018 World University Rankings. The Faculty of Education shares this commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units include the Department of Educational Studies, the Department of Language and Literacy Education, the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, and the School of Kinesiology. The Faculty is a leader in Indigenous Education and offers additional cross-Faculty initiatives in early childhood education, educational technology and interdisciplinary studies. For further details about the Faculty and its research, please visit www.educ.ubc.ca.

This is a tenure-track position in the Professoriate Stream. The successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment and promotion in subsequent years in accordance with the Collective Agreement.  For more information on the review process and criteria for promotion in this stream, please visit: www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

Applications must include (i) a letter indicating the position being sought and outlining potential contributions to the Department, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a statement of research interests, (iv) evidence of research and teaching excellence, (v) two samples of relevant publications, and (vi) the names as well as the contact information of three references. The complete application file must be submitted in the format of one bookmarked PDF file.  The complete application file should be addressed to Dr. Ali A. Abdi, Department Head, and sent electronically to Ms. Erika Hughes at hughesec@mail.ubc.ca.  The complete application must be received by April 30, 2018.


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.