Current Leadership, Tenure-track, and Postdoctoral Fellow Searches

Updated on September 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

Dean, Faculty of Education

Open Date: July 23, 2020 | Please note: this search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of the world’s most dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education.

UBC’s vision is to create an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. With campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC has close to 65,000 students and offers both intellectual riches and an unrivalled quality of life.

UBC’s Faculty of Education is recognized as one of the top 20 such Faculties in the world, and top 7 in North America. The Faculty creates conditions for transformative teaching, innovative learning, and leading-edge research guided by the highest standards of scholarship and the principles of collaboration, inclusion and innovation. As the largest Faculty of Education in British Columbia, it plays a critical and influential role in the advancement of education in the province, shaping and participating in education’s possibilities and potential as a social good.

The Faculty is unique in both its academic breadth and geographic scope. The Faculty offers Bachelor of Education programs on both of UBC’s campuses (Okanagan and Vancouver), and is also home to the world leading School of Kinesiology, as well as departments for educational and counselling psychology and special education, educational studies, language and literacy education, and curriculum and pedagogy. The Faculty is home to over 4,000 students, including 1,800 graduate students, and 165 faculty members.

The new Dean will bring a successful track record in significant administrative roles in research intensive universities. The Dean will have a strong track record in research and teaching, which they will bring to bear in their role in promoting excellence in both. A strategic leader with the capacity and vision to build on the momentum that the Faculty has achieved in recent years, the new Dean will be collaborative and have exceptional interpersonal skills. The new Dean’s background and credentials will merit an appointment as full professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC.

This is an opportunity to lead a world-class Faculty, with tremendous forward momentum, situated in a city that consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

To explore this opportunity and receive the full position profile, submit nominations, or to apply, please contact our search consultants in Boyden’s Vancouver office at 604-685-0261 (ask for Ella Hipolito) or email ubcdeducation@boyden.com.

For more information about UBC, visit ubc.ca

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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All applicants will be asked to complete a confidential equity survey.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020 | Please note: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, please refer to the deadline.

The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of the world’s most dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • Area of Expertise: Developmental Psychology (Adolescence), Statistical Methods for Longitudinal data
  • Salary = $60,000 per annum plus benefits
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    We invite applications for a one-year, with possible extension to a second year, full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Prof. Jenna Shapka, Director of the Developmental Change and Technology (DCTech) Laboratory, and Department Head of ECPS. The position will primarily involve analyzing data from two recently completed CIHR-funded studies: 1) a four-year longitudinal quantitative study; and 2) an ambulatory (experience sampling method) study that involved both quantitative and qualitative data. Contributions to report and publication writing would also be expected and encouraged. In addition, the successful applicant will support a new SSHRC-funded research project, which involves several studies looking at how adolescents self-regulate their technology use, including supporting (online) data collection and managing study databases.

    Candidates should hold, or expect to hold by the time of appointment, a doctoral qualification in a relevant domain of measurement and/or developmental psychology, and have extant research experience. Sound knowledge of quasi-experimental design, ambulatory research methods, as well as expertise using advanced statistical methods for longitudinal data (e.g. latent growth modelling) will be critical for this position. The successful applicant will also possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

    The salary is $60,000 CDN per annum plus eligible benefits. The work will be based out of ECPS at UBC (Vancouver). Given the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely may be required; however, the successful candidate must physically reside in Canada in order to be eligible for this appointment.

    Start Date: as soon as possible

    Please address informal enquiries to Professor Jenna Shapka (jennifer.shapka@ubc.ca).

    Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, the deadline for applications is September 15th 2020. Interested applicants are asked to send a letter of application outlining (i) their interest in the position, including relevant expertise and experience, (ii) a copy of their curriculum vitae, (iii) up to 2 publications or reports that best reflect your knowledge and writing, as well as (iv) email contact information for three referees, directly to Professor Shapka at jennifer.shapka@ubc.ca.

    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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

    Tenured Associate Professor/Professor in Exercise, Metabolism, Nutrition and Health

    Open Date: August 12, 2020 | Application reviews will commence on September 21, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

    The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of the world’s most dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education.


    The School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank in the area of Exercise, Metabolism, Nutrition and Health.

    The successful candidate will be jointly appointed between the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education (67%), and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (33%). The successful candidate will also hold a concurrent appointment as an investigator within the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR). The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2021 or as negotiated with the successful candidate.

    Exercise and nutrition have profound effects on human function and health through the activation of biochemical and metabolic pathways. This successful candidate will lead the field of exercise metabolism by examining molecular pathways activated by exercise, and how targeting these pathways impacts the body’s response to nutritional and/or pharmacological interventions.
    The study of exercise metabolism and nutrition interactions may provide key insights into preventing and treating many chronic diseases. Applying physiological and molecular techniques, this leading researcher will catalyze collaborative, foundational research on the effects of exercise and nutrients on acute and chronic pathway and organ adaptations promoting health. An emphasis on preventive approaches that can be initiated in children and/or youth is expected.

    The position is open to an outstanding researcher with an international record of leadership in the field of exercise metabolism. The successful candidate is expected to establish a program of original, externally funded research, participate in supervision of graduate students, teaching and the service work of the School of Kinesiology, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, BCCHR and the broader university community.
    A research program that includes diverse communities, visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities will be considered an asset. While preference will be given to senior level scholars, applicants currently at the Associate Professor rank are welcome.

    The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in an area related to exercise metabolism and/or nutrition. Demonstrated ability to participate in sustained and productive scholarly activity and to secure competitive research funding in one or more of the cognate areas is required. Demonstrated capability to provide effective and successful teaching and supervision at various levels of the discipline(s) is also required.

    The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on the traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people in Vancouver, BC. The University is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university
    School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of scholars committed to excellence in research, teaching, community engagement, and professional leadership. The School’s researchers investigate diverse areas of human movement, sport, physical activity and health across biological, behavioural and sociocultural disciplines. The UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems uses student-centered learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society – those focused around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources. BCCHR is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada (https://www.bcchr.ca/research), where more than 300 investigators form a dynamic and highly collaborative research community that aims to improve the health of children and their families. BCCHR is located on the Oak Street Campus of the Provincial Health Services Authority, alongside two provincial, tertiary care teaching hospitals (BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital). The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with a large and diverse community of basic scientists and clinicians.

    This is a tenured position in the Professoriate Stream. The appointment (rank and tenure) is subject to a positive review of the candidate’s records following the process established by the University and in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For more information on the review process and criteria for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure, please visit: www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/. The formal review of this joint appointment in terms of its rank and tenure will follow the University’s “Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Procedures for Faculty Members Holding Appointments in More than One Academic Unit”.

    Interested applicants are invited to send (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a statement of research interest, (iv) three samples of recently published work and (v) evidence of teaching exellence (such as course outlines and student evaluations). The complete application file should be submitted in the format of one book‐marked PDF file, addressed to Dr. Robert Boushel, Director, School of Kinesiology, and sent electronically to kin.hr@ubc.ca.

    Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference external to UBC and external to the applicant’s current home institution sent directly to kin.hr@ubc.ca by the application review start date (below).

    Application reviews will commence on September 21, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

    Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Robert Boushel, Director, School of Kinesiology at kin.hr@ubc.ca.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been under-represented 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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


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