Wednesday, October 08, 2014

JOB: Assistant Professor in Socio-Cultural Studies - University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor in Socio-Cultural Studies
Community Engagement, Health, Physical Activity and Sport

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the School of Kinesiology in the socio-cultural study of health, physical activity and sport with a particular focus on community engagement.

The School of Kinesiology is situated in the Faculty of Education and is a member of the College of Health Disciplines. The School has internationally recognized scholars investigating physical activity and health through diverse approaches ranging from cellular to societal levels of analysis. The School is committed to encouraging collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching among its members as well as with other university and community groups. The School offers a Bachelor of Kinesiology program with specializations in Kinesiology and Health Science, Physical and Health Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The graduate program offers M.A., M.Sc., Master of Kinesiology (non-thesis), and Ph.D. degrees. The School is growing with program enrolments exceeding 1,100 undergraduate and over 100 graduate students. Additional information related to the School of Kinesiology is available at

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The University is recognized internationally as a leading research institution and, recently, was ranked as #1 in Canada in the social sciences and humanities by the Higher Education Strategy Associates. 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 School of Kinesiology, the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Department of Language and Literacy Education. 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 the website at

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Kinesiology or a closely related field with a background in the socio-cultural study of health, physical activity, and sport and a promising record, or demonstrated evidence, of outstanding research and teaching. Expertise in theoretical and methodological approaches to community-based research and community engagement in the areas of physical activity, health and sport is strongly preferred. Experience with educational technologies and online teaching would be an asset.
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of specialty, supervise graduate students, develop a well-defined program of research, secure
external research funding, and contribute to the affairs of the School.

The appointment will become effective July 01, 2015, and will be subject to final budgetary approval. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

While applications will be received until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit by November 15, 2014, to ensure optimal consideration.

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three referees, evidence of teaching effectiveness, together with a statement of research interests and copies of recently published articles (if available), should be sent to:
Dr. Robert Sparks, Director <>
School of Kinesiology
The University of British Columbia
210-6081 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z1
(Electronic submissions are welcome. Please indicate in subject heading:
POSITION TITLE-School of Kinesiology)

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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