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Position Description

School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures – FALL 2019 and WINTER 2020 TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

The Division of Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures is seeking sessional instructors for the following courses in the upcoming fall and winter semesters.  

Fall 2019
CHIN 205 L02B02     MTWRF 13:00-13:50        Beginners' Chinese I

Winter 2020 
CHIN 317 L01    TR 14:00-15:15        Topics in Chinese Civilization (Intro to CHIN Civilization)
CHIN 357 L01    TR 15:30-16:45        Topics in Chinese Film (The New Waves)
EALS 501 L01    MWF 3:00-3:50        Advanced Research in East Asian Lang Studies (Chinese)

Application Details: Qualified applicants interested in teaching the courses should submit a complete application if the School of LLLC does not already have it on file: a cover letter addressed to Dr. X. Jie Yang, Chair of the Division of Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies (including the section you are applying for, a short description of topics you would cover in the course, and relevant teaching experience), a current curriculum vitae, a tentative outline of the course (outlines are available on the School's website and can be used as models for your own), course syllabi (courses previously taught), and teaching evaluations, if available. Materials should be submitted electronically in .pdf format to the email address below. Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent directly to the email address below (if not already on file). At least 1 of the 3 letters must directly address the applicant's teaching ability. 

Qualifications for language course (CHIN 205)
An MA or above in linguistics, Chinese, second-language pedagogy, education, or another relevant field; native or near-native proficiency in Mandarin and English; and a demonstrable record of excellence in teaching. 

Qualifications for cultural and research courses
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand or a doctoral candidacy expected by December 2019, native or near-native proficiency in both Mandarin and English, and will teach in English. 

Active programmatic involvement and close collaboration with our faculty to advance the Chinese language, literature and culture program are also expected. Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential.

Doctoral students are eligible to apply for sessional instructor positions only if they have been given permission by their supervisor. Normally, doctoral students will only be permitted to teach if they have successfully passed their Candidacy Exam.  Student applicants should consider taking the Instructional Skills Workshop at the Teaching and Learning Centre.

The application package should be directed to (It is strongly preferred that the application package should be directed to, rather than through the careers site web application.) 

The application deadline is July 5, 2019. 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The Hiring Committee may need to access the teaching evaluation results (including USRIs) for those who have taught at the University of Calgary before, as part of the selection process. By submitting your application, you have given consent for the Hiring Committee to review your USRI(s). 

For more information on the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures and the University of Calgary, please visit our website at:

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B.  Please see the Faculty Association¿s website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.  

We thank you for your application.  Only successful applicants will be contacted.  

*All courses are subject to budgetary approval. An offer of a Term Certain Sessional Instructor appointment may be cancelled in whole or in part by the Governors prior to the commencement of the appointment term (23.10 in the Collective Agreement)

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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