Resources for Faculty

Visiting Scholars

Revised July 8, 2015

The Department of English welcomes visiting scholars who wish to pursue research for a maximum of one year at the University of British Columbia. Anyone interested in applying for visiting status should apply in writing to the Head of the Department (see “Application requirements” below).

Because space and other resources are very limited, we can host only TWO internal visiting scholars at any given time. Internal visiting scholars will receive library access, shared office space, and a departmental mailbox. Moreover, internal visiting scholars will be included in the department’s intellectual and social activities.

In addition, the Department is willing to host up to three external visiting scholars. These will be provided with library access only (library access includes limited access to computers). They will, however, be informed of the Department’s intellectual activities.

Application requirements:
(to be submitted by mail; only hard copy accepted)

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A coherent description of the research plans, and, if possible, the name of a professor at the English Department whom the applicant would like to consult. (Candidates are strongly advised to obtain the written consent of the possible supervisor in advance of applying.)
  • Proof of academic appointment and a letter of reference from the applicant’s Head of Department.
  • Proof of financial support for the duration of the applicant’s visit to UBC. (We realize that at times financial support will be granted only once the English Department has invited the applicant to stay at UBC. In that case, proof of financial support can be submitted later. Please note, however, that such proof is essential for an applicant to be accepted as visiting scholar).
  • Names and contact information for 2 referees.

PLEASE NOTE: Visiting scholar positions are not intended as a substitute for formal graduate study. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have already earned a PhD degree.

Applications should be sent to the attention of

Siân Echard, Head
Department of English
University of British Columbia
Buchanan Tower, Room 397
1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Application deadline:

Applications will be considered in December of each year for the following academic year. Each applicant must clearly state the dates and duration of the desired visit to UBC.

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Careers & Employment

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Forms for Departmental Faculty

Peer Review of Teaching Report – Guidelines for Assessors, Peer Review of Teaching Summary Sheet and Report can be downloaded from here. For departmental and external faculty assessors only.

Travel Fund Form [PDF] – Faculty in the Department of English can request reimbursement for (conference-related) travel expenses.


Academic Year: Dates to Note

For other dates/deadlines affecting UBC Vancouver, please see the Calendar.

Terms 1 & 2 of 2018 Summer
(May – August 2018)

Terms 1 & 2
Term 1: Monday, 14 May – Thursday, 21 June
Term 2: Tuesday, 3 July – Friday, 10 August
Statutory Holidays
(University Closed)
Victoria Day – Monday, 21 May
Canada Day – Monday, 2 July (in lieu of 1 July)
BC Day  – Monday, 6 August
Term 1: Monday, 25 June – Friday, 29 June
Term 2: Tuesday, 14 August – Saturday, 18 August


Term 1 of 2017-2018 Academic Year
(September – December, 2017)

Term Begins Tuesday, 5 September
*Imagine UBC – No classes, except for classes that start at or after 5:00 pm and meet only once per week
Midterm Break n/a
Statutory Holidays
(University Closed)
Thanksgiving – Monday, 9 October
Remembrance Day – Monday , 13 November (holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day)
Term Ends Friday, 1 December
Exams Start Tuesday, 5 December
Exams Finish Wednesday, 20 December


Term 2 of 2017-2018 Academic Year
(January – April, 2018)

Term Begins Wednesday, 3 January
Midterm Break 19 – 23 February
Statutory Holidays
(University Closed)
Family Day – Monday, 12 February
Good Friday – Friday, 30 March
Easter Monday – Monday, 2 April
Term Ends Friday, 6 April
Exams Start Tuesday, 10 April
Exams Finish Wednesday, 25 April


Add/Drop deadline dates:,45,99,0

Grades submission deadline:

Grades are due 7 business days following the date the examination was held, or 5 business days following, in the case of examinations written on the last 2 days of the examination period. For courses without final exams, grades are due 7 business days after the end of the term.