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Sessional Instructor, Field Course in Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences

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Job ID: 12910

Updated: June 13, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to teach the following course during August and September 2017:

  • Ecology 413 - Field Course in Ecology

The field component course is held at the Biogeoscience Institute in Kananaskis in the two weeks immediately prior to the commencement of the Fall Term.

Course Description

This course provides an examination of ecological principles and techniques through a combination of lecture, lab and field exercises. The appointee will have responsibilities for instruction and associated duties for one-third of this course, with a focus on the ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms in their habitats. The goal of this component of the course is to examine ecological principles and techniques through field exercises in aquatic ecosystems, to strengthen species identification skills and to familiarize students with techniques for the study of aquatic organisms (e.g. current fish collection techniques). 

Minimum qualifications are an M.Sc. in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology, a strong understanding of introductory ecology, study design and data analysis, and teaching experience, preferably in this course. Preferred qualifications would include a Ph.D. in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology, and a strong substantial record demonstrating teaching excellence, ideally in this course.

Details on the Department of Biological Sciences are available online.

Qualified applicants should submit prior to the closing date of June 9, 2017 a curriculum vitae, a brief teaching dossier (including statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness), and have three letters of reference sent directly to:

Dr. Heather Addy
Associate Head (Undergraduate Programs)
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada
T2N 1N4

The deadline for applications is June 9, 2017.

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)

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