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Assistant or Associate Professor

(Preferential Search)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction invites applications for a tenure track preferential position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the areas of Science Education and Environmental Education. These areas are part of a strong undergraduate teacher preparation program with introductory science methods courses as well as elective courses in Environmental Education. This position offers unique opportunities at both undergraduate and graduate levels for enhancing and creating science education and environmental education programs.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following groups: Indigenous Peoples and/or persons with disabilities and/or members of visible minorities. Candidates from these groups, who wish to qualify for preferential consideration, must self-identify and are asked to do so in their cover letter.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses in elementary and middle years science education and environmental education;
  • Enhancing and engaging in curriculum development (undergraduate and graduate) in science education and environmental education;
  • Establishing an active body of research in science education and environmental education; and,
  • Contributing to university, professional, and community engaged service.


Criteria for the position:

  1. A completed (or ABD) PhD or EdD in science education (overlap with environmental education would be an asset);
  2. Successful classroom teaching experience in science education and environmental education at the elementary or middle school level;
  3. Experience in working collaboratively with diverse school populations and/or community groups to support the development of innovative teaching practices in science education and environmental education;
  4. Post-secondary teaching experience (particularly in pre-service teacher education programs);
  5. An active research program in science education and environmental education; and,
  6. Commitment to enacting inclusive practices within diverse populations.

Additional information

The University of Victoria (UVic) – situated on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples – is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s leading research universities, demonstrating extraordinary depth of excellence across a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs. The University’s 26,000 students, faculty and staff contribute to and benefit from the UVic Edge – the potent fusion of dynamic learning, and research with vital impact in an extraordinary academic environment. A welcoming and increasingly diverse university community with a collegial leadership culture, UVic tackles issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Its vibrant Pacific Rim location inspires new ways of thinking and action in a community rich with Indigenous and international perspectives, while its size and culture nurture personal connections on campus and beyond. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

Curriculum and Instruction is a dynamic department committed to promoting the diverse interests and expertise of its faculty. Department members engage in a broad range of multidisciplinary and collaborative research and are dedicated to providing exemplary teaching for learners. In addition to undergraduate teacher education programs, the department offers Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy programs. Faculty are also active in service to the university and larger community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process. 

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter (maximum 2-pages),
  • curriculum vitae,
  • 1-page statement of teaching interests, orientation, and philosophy,
  • 1-page statement of research interests, orientation, and philosophy,
  • 1-page statement describing how diversity informs your past and present teaching and lived experience, research/educational leadership, and community engagement, as well as fosters culture of equity and inclusion,
  • and the names of three academic and/or area-related referees.

Letters of reference are not required at this time.

Please submit your application to:

Todd Milford, PhD
Chair, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Faculty of Education
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2
Fax: (250) 721-7598

Application deadline

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 8, 2021.  The effective date of appointment will be open until filled.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

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