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Sessional Instructor, Principles of Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences

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Job ID: 16030

Updated: August 14, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to teach the following course during the Winter 2019 Session:

  • BIOL 313 - Principles of Ecology

Biology 313 explores the ecological principles, theories and interactions of organisms at individual, population, community and ecosystem levels and applies ecological principles to examine current issues involving conservation of species, habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem function. The appointee will have responsibilities for instruction and associated duties for the second half of the course, which deals with competition; predation; herbivory; parasitism/disease; mutualism; diversity and structure of communities; nutrients and energy flow; landscape ecology; macroecology and global systems. Duties will not include the laboratory component of the course.

Candidates require: a minimum of an MSc in one of the biological sciences, with a PhD preferred; and evidence of teaching effectiveness and previous teaching experience, preferably in this course. Previous experience with Desire2Learn and Top Hat are an asset but not required.

Details about the Department of Biological Sciences are available online.

The closing date for applications is August 13, 2018. A complete application includes a curriculum vitae and a brief teaching dossier (including statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness). Qualified applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent under separate cover as soon as possible to:

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

Please be aware that only the successful candidate will be notified upon completion of the selection process.

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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