The Department of English invites applications for one or more Sessional Lecturers for the academic year 2018- 2019 to teach one or more 3-credit sections of ENGL 112 “Strategies for University Writing,” a course on academic writing in disciplines outside of the Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in English or a related field, or be near completion, with post-secondary teaching experience in the field and a record that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants from both inside and outside UBC are encouraged to apply.

Candidates’ applications should include:

  • a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position
  • a curriculum vitae (detailing post-secondary teaching experience)
  • recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness

Applicants should also provide the names of two referees who can speak to their teaching effectiveness.

Applications for Term 1 teaching should be submitted as soon as possible; applications for Term 2 teaching should be submitted by September 30, 2018.

Application should be sent by email to:

Professor Sian Echard, Head
Department of English
University of British Columbia
397-1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

This position is subject to final budgetary approval and is governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Faculty Members.” The current minimum salary is $6,915 per 3-credit course.

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

The 2018 recipients of the President’s Medal for Excellence with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono: (left to right) Bill Levine, Risa Levine, Santa Ono, Jim Pattison, Angela Redish, and Linc Kesler. (Photo by Paul Joseph, UBC)

Congratulations to Professor Linc Kesler on being one of the five recipients of UBC’s inaugural President’s Medal of Excellence. The Medal is awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to the purposes and ideals of the university. Recipients can be students, faculty, alumni, donors, staff or friends of the university.

“UBC is grateful for Linc Kesler’s clear vision and hard work to establish the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, his dedication to the Reconciliation Pole, and his leadership in advancing the commitments of UBC’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan.” Read the full citation and information about the prize on The President’s Medal of Excellence here.


UBC will host the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (June 1-7), the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The annual event brings together over 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The theme for Congress 2019 is “Circles of Conversation” which will showcase the excellent learning and research activities taking place at UBC. At the helm organizing for this major conference is Dr. Laura Moss. As the Academic Convenor, Dr. Moss will play a crucial role in the successful academic planning, multidisciplinary programming, and hosting of the conference. Read “Planning Canada’s Biggest Conference: An interview with Laura Moss

Also see “Congress 2019 at UBC

We are delighted to announce that Suzy Anger has won the Killam Teaching Prize for 2017-2018.

The UBC Killam Teaching Prizes have been awarded since 1989: they are funded by the Killam Endowment Fun, and awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.

The prize will be presented to Dr. Anger during the graduation ceremony this May.


Professor Mary Chapman (second from left) is the inaugural co-winner of the Dr. Edgar Wickberg Book Prize for the Best Book on Chinese Canadian History for her book Becoming “Sui Sin Far”: Early Fiction, Journalism and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton. This newly-established prize recognizes the significant contribution Professor Chapman’s research on the writings of Edith Eaton has made to the conceptions of Chinese Canadian writers in the history of Canada.

The prize was established in honour of Dr. Edgar Wickberg, Professor of History at UBC and the founder of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC. Dr. Wickberg brought together scholars, community researchers, educators, and a broad array of people interested in promoting research and education, as well as creating and protecting historical collections, about Chinese Canadian history and heritage.

Photo credit: CCHS


Congratulations to Donato Mancini, recent PhD graduate has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize for his book of poetry Same Diff!

Before Same Diff, Donato Mancini published five previous books of procedural and visual writing: Ligatures, ÆthelBuffet World, Fact ‘n’ Value and Loitersack. Same Diff was written while Mancini was a doctoral candidate at UBC.

Congratulations to Bronwyn Malloy  on winning a Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2017-2018. Bronwyn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English Language & Literatures and an Instructor at Corpus Christi College. Her research centres on contemporary song lyrics and poetry.

UBC annually honours 16 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) with the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of the valuable role that GTA play in our programs.  Recipients of this award will have demonstrated skills, abilities and contributions that result in a high level of respect from undergraduate students and academic supervisors.

SARAH CROVER (PhD, UBC ENGL) has been awarded a Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her year-long fellowship, she will be working on her latest research project and participating in the intellectual life at the Institute. Her research project is called: “Watermen, Petermen, and Mermaids: Creatures of Conversion.”  Congratulations!