Sessional Lecturer Opportunities

Sessional Lecturer Opportunities

All part-time contract teaching positions for the 2018-2019 academic year have been filled.   Candidates may choose to submit applications in case new opportunities arise.

Complete the following steps to submit your application to UBC Mechanical Engineering for contract teaching positions:

1. Read the “Application Requirements” tab, and ensure you meet the requirements.
2. Read the “How to Apply” tab, and begin preparing your application package.
3. Review the courses for which UBC Mechanical Engineering is accepting applications under the  “Courses – Available and Scheduled” and the “Courses – Under Consideration” tabs.
4. Submit your application according to the instructions on the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Requirements

UBC considers both academic and industrial experience when reviewing applications for Sessional Lecturer positions.  The ideal applicant will have demonstrated interest in teaching, learning, and the topic(s) they have applied to teach.

For most courses, applicants must be licensed to practice engineering in British Columbia and be in good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.  Applicants currently pursuing licensure will be considered if they are expected to receive licensure before the start of classes.

Notation in table of available courses Allowable forms of Licensure
Full Licensure One of:

  • P.Eng.
  • Eng.L. with teaching at a post-secondary institution included as a permitted area of practice
In-training Permitted One of:

  • P.Eng.
  • Eng.L. with teaching at a post-secondary institution included as a permitted area of practice
  • E.I.T. status AND less than five years of experience teaching in Canadian post-secondary institutions
Full Licensure preferred
Or
Full / In Training preferred
“Preferred” notations may be added to licensure requirements for elective courses.  Licensure is required for the courses to be open to the largest number of students possible, but exceptional candidates without licensure or who are in progress to licensure will be considered.
Not Required Not Required is noted for courses that do not include significant amounts of engineering science or engineering design.  Licensure is still considered an asset.

Applicants must hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or the discipline of the course they are applying for).  Postgraduate degrees are not necessarily required for those with significant industrial experience.

Note:  In addition to the qualifications above, Ph.D. candidates applying to teach should be aware of UBC Policy 75 and Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements.  Ph.D. candidates should include a completed permission form with their Research Supervisor’s signature (Graduate Advisor signature is not required at this stage) in their application package. Note that Masters students and Ph.D. students who have not achieved candidacy are not permitted to teach while a student.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.  Where noted, positions are subject to minimum enrollment thresholds.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2ayxWSX2S0GkFz7.
  2. Email your application package to hr@mech.ubc.ca.

Application package specifications:

  • Application packages should be a single .pdf file, named as “Last, First – 2018 Sessional.pdf”;
  • Your name should appear on the upper-right hand corner of each page of your package;
  • Packages should include the following components, in the order specified:
    • Cover letter;
    • For each course you are applying to teach, a statement of no more than 250 words that explains your qualifications, interest, and experience, as related to that specific course;
    • A current resume of no more than five pages, including: educational background, industrial and academic experience, teaching experience or training, publications and awards, other relevant experience;
    • For new applicants: names and full contact information for at least two referees who can speak to your suitability to teach.
    • For current UBC Ph.D. candidates: Permission to Teach form with Research Supervisor’s signature.

Courses – Available and Scheduled

UBC Mechanical Engineering is accepting applications for the confirmed, scheduled courses below.  All courses available to Sessional Lecturers and Teaching Adjuncts are listed, but please note that courses may have returning lecturers or adjuncts.

Official UBC course descriptions can be found at http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/courses.cfm?code=MECH.  Past syllabi for some of the courses can be found at http://mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.  Please also review the course structure comments below.

Course Number Course Title Term Licensure Requirement Scheduled Time
Mech 220D Technical Skills Practicum (Mech 2 – Engineering Drawing Module) Term 1 – see description Full licensure See description
Mech 260 (102) Introduction to Mechanics of Materials Term 1 In-training permitted LEC 102: Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:30
LAB T1B: Wed 10:00-11:00
Mech 328 (2 positions) Mechanical Engineering Design Project Term 1 Full licensure LEC 101: Wed 15:00-16:00
LAB L1A: Mon/Wed 11:00-13:00
TUT T1A: Wed 16:00 – 17:00
Mech 392 Manufacturing Processes Term 1 In-training permitted LEC 101: Mon/Wed 14:00-15:00
Mech 420 Sensors and Actuators Term 1 In-training permitted LEC 101: Wed/Fri 15:00-16:00
LAB L1A: Wed 10:00-12:00
LAB L1B: Fri 10:00-12:00
LAB L1C: Tues 16:00-18:00
LAB L1D: Fri 16:00-18:00
Mech 431 Engineering Economics Summer Not required Online
Mech 435/535 Orthopaedic Biomechanics Term 1 Full / In Training preferred
Mech CEEN 525 Energy Policy Term 1 Not required LEC: Wed 15:00-17:00
TUT: Thurs 14:00 – 15:00
Mech 550C & 575A Software Engineering for Mechatronics Applications (for Mechatronics M.Eng. students) Term 1 Not required  550C LEC 101 Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:30

575A LEC 101
Mon 9:00 – 11:00

Mech 550E & 575B Principles of Mechatronics – Instrumentation (for Mechatronics M.Eng. students) Term 1 Not required  550E LEC 101 Mon/Wed 19:00-20:00

575B LEC 101 Wed 09:00-12:00

Mech 220D – Technical Skills Practicum (Mech 2 – Engineering Drawing Module)

Mech 220 is a team-taught technical skills practicum course.  Four sections of 28 students rotate through 4 x 4 day modules, including machining, instrumentation, SolidWorks & Matlab, and Engineering Drawing.  The experience is culminated with the creation of a MagLev device.

Each Mech 220 module is taught by a different instructor.  The Engineering Drawing Module instructor will be responsible for teaching the same module four times, as well as participate in quiz invigilation, build day support, marking, and other class events.  The class runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, from Monday, August 27, 2018 until Friday, September 21, 2018. After September 21, instructors must be available to assist with marking, wrap-up meetings with the teaching team, and for any student review of marking, etc.

Previously developed course materials are available for this course, but the instructor will be responsible for modifying materials, creating exam questions, and generally participating in teaching, learning, and evaluation activities across the Mech 220 course.

Mech 260 – Introduction to Mechanics of Materials

Please note that two sections of Mech 260 are being offered in first term.  The instructors of the two sections are expected to coordinate their teaching to ensure the sections are equally rigorous and cover the same content.

Mech 328 – Mechanical Engineering Design Project

This is a team-taught course, with both regular and term faculty.  Working through an open-ended design problem, students work through a rigorous design process in groups, and are expected to meet very specific process-based requirements.  This course concentrates on the design process, and does not include a prototype phase.

The course coordinator directs the teaching team in setting the overall curriculum, developing projects and content, and setting course requirements.  The coordinator also sets standards for delivery practices, and general expectations of both students and instructors.  Instructors are expected to attend two hours of lecture / tutorial each week with the whole class, and to deliver approximately one quarter of the content, as assigned.  Instructors and TAs also spend four hours per week meeting with their assigned student groups, providing guidance and mentorship, ensuring they are completing all steps of the design process, and evaluating their work.  It is essential that all instructors in the course are committed to working closely as part of the team, and ensuring that course expectations, requirements, and evaluations are consistent across the groups.

Instructors in this course should also be aware that this course requires a higher than typical level of data collection for accreditation, and uses standardized rubrics for that purpose.  Full compliance with the rubric marking standards is essential for our program to maintain accreditation.

Mech 420 – Sensors and Actuators

Please note that Mech 420 includes labs.  Instructors are ultimately responsible for all lab activities, but pre-written lab exercises, custom lab equipment setups, and limited support from technical staff are available.

Mech 431 – Engineering Economics (Online)

This course is to be delivered online during the summer term, through UBC’s cloud-based learning platform (Canvas by Instructure).  We anticipate that most of the students registered in the course will be working full-time while taking the class, and the course format should be flexible enough to accommodate them.

Mech 550C & 575A – Software Engineering for Mechatronics Applications (for Mechatronics M.Eng. students)

This pair of courses includes a three-credit lecture section (2 x 90 minute classes / week) and a one-credit lab section (1 x 2 hour lab / week).  Students must register in both courses.  Registration is limited to students in the Mechatronics M.Eng. program who do not have substantial software engineering experience.

Mech 550E & 575B – Principles of Mechatronics – Instrumentation (for Mechatronics M.Eng. students)

This pair of courses includes a three-credit lecture section (2 x 90 minute classes / week) and a one-credit lab section (1 x 3 hour lab bi-weekly).  Students must register in both courses.  Registration is limited to students in the Mechatronics M.Eng. program who do not have substantial instrumentation experience.

Courses – Under Consideration

UBC Mechanical Engineering is accepting applications for a number of courses that are being considered, but are not presently scheduled, for the 2018-2019 school year.  Courses will be scheduled based on student demand and the availability of qualified instructional staff.  The department anticipates offering approximately half of the listed courses.

All courses that could potentially be available to Sessional Lecturers and Teaching Adjuncts are listed, but please note that courses may have returning lecturers or adjuncts.

Course Number Course Title Term Licensure Requirement
APSC 461 Global Engineering Leadership Summer Full / In Training preferred
APSC 462 Global Engineering Leadership Practicum Summer Not required
Mech 445/545 Fuel Cell Systems Term 2 Full / In Training preferred
Mech 464 Industrial Robotics Term 2 Full / In Training preferred
Mech 469/529 Dynamic System Modeling Term 2 Full / In Training preferred
Mech 470 Energy Conversion Systems Term 2 Full / In Training preferred
Mech 473 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Term 2 Full / In Training preferred
Mech 484 Aircraft Design: Aerodynamics Term 2 Full licensure preferred
Mech 491/596 Computer-Aided Manufacturing Term 2 Full licensure preferred
Mech 496 Engineering Management Term 2 Not required

Official UBC course descriptions can be found at http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/courses.cfm?code=MECH.  Past syllabi for some of the courses can be found at http://mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.

APSC 462 – Global Engineering Leadership Practicum

This practicum is an International Service Learning course, offered in cooperation with UBC Office of Regional and International Community Engagement.  This appointment is primarily for coordination and marking.  It will only be offered to the instructor of APSC 461, and only if sufficient students apply to and are accepted into the International Service Learning course.