First Nations and Endangered Languages (Sessional Lecturer)

10 Apr, 2018

The First Nations and Endangered Languages Program within the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus), invites applications for a part-time Sessional Lecturer for the 8 instructional months (September 2018 to April 2019) of the upcoming academic year.

The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) is an interdisciplinary research unit for Indigenous critical theory and politics, arts research, language revitalization and applied social practice within the humanities and social sciences at UBC. It hosts First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) and the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (FNEL). In addition to providing institutional support for undergraduate and graduate education and a home for visiting scholars in the field and Indigenous artists, CIS fosters ethical research practices and meaningful partnerships with communities that further the social and political health, capacity, and self-determination of Indigenous peoples locally and globally.

First Nations and Endangered Languages Program offers courses in First Nations languages, as well as methodology classes on language documentation, conservation and revitalization. In partnership and collaboration with First Nations and Indigenous communities and their cultural institutions, staff, scholars and students in our program conduct research with speakers of endangered languages and help to develop educational materials in British Columbia and beyond.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach one or both of these courses:

  • FNEL 180(3) Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization (Term 1)
  • FNEL 380(3) Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization (Term 2)

For more details on courses please see:

While preference is for a PhD in a related field, advanced MA candidates will be considered. Teaching experience at college/university level is required in a discipline directly relevant to the documentation, conservation, and revitalization of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems.

Applicants should include with their letter of application:

  • curriculum vitae (detailing post-secondary teaching experience)
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g.: sample teaching evaluations)
  • names and contact emails of three referees

Please send application materials (electronic copies – Word or PDF files only) to FNEL Program Chair, Dr Mark Turin <>

Applications will be reviewed by the committee starting April 30, 2018.

For more information regarding the program please visit:

This position is subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The minimum salary for 2018W will be $6,915.00 per 3-credit course.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at:

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.