Sessional Lecturer opportunity: SOSC 300

SOSC 300: Working in the Community
The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Victoria invites expressions of interest from qualified instructors to coordinate and teach the interdisciplinary Community Service Learning course SOSC 300: Working in the Community. Pending sufficient enrolments, one section of the course will be offered in Fall 2020 and one in Spring 2021.

The SOSC 300 course combines classroom study of community organizations, civic engagement, and related philosophical and ethical issues with the development of professional competencies needed to work effectively in non-profit and volunteer community organizations. These competences develop through a community placement consisting of a minimum of 40 hours of voluntary work with a community organization or on a community project, and critical reflection from social science perspectives on the placement experience. Students submit an application to enrol in the course and are matched with organizations based on student interests and organizational needs.

The responsibilities of the Sessional Lecturer include:

1. Working in conjunction with the University of Victoria’s Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator in advance of the course to promote the course and to review and approve student applications for course registration;
2. Matching students to community partners and scoping work plans for student placements;
3. Delivering core classroom content centred on community organizations, civic engagement, professional skills and related philosophical and ethical issues;
4. Supporting students and community partners to meet desired goals over the course of the semester;
5. Coordinating any guest lecturers from UVic or the community who will contribute to course learning;
6. Coordinating students’ critical and meaningful reflection from social science and career development perspectives on their placement experience;
7. Assessing student performance in the course.
8. Collecting feedback from community partners at the end of the course to inform future partnerships.

Appointment and remuneration will follow CUPE Local 4163 (Component 3) salary rates as determined by qualifications and experience. In recognition of the advance work required to review student applications and coordinate placements, the appointment will come with an additional 40 hours of paid time.

A graduate degree in a Social Sciences discipline and prior experience in delivering an experiential or community service learning course. A PhD is preferred, but applicants with an MA and extensive experience will be considered.

To apply:

Submit a letter of application outlining your interests and qualifications for the position, a current resume/CV and names of three references, together with evidence of past success in teaching to: Acting Associate Dean Academic, Nilanjana Roy,

Application deadline: March 6, 2020.

• The hiring decision is expected to be finalized by March 20, 2020.
• This appointment is within the CUPE 4163 (Component 3) Sessional Lecturers certification. For information on the collective agreement, see Human Resources website.
• The total number of sections offered is subject to funding and/or enrolment criteria.
• The University reserves the right to fill additional teaching assignments from the pool of applicants for this posting.
• 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: