Vancouver Summer Program 2018 Teaching Opportunity

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies has opportunities for part-time instructor positions for two courses offered through the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) for Summer 2018. The courses will be delivered in the July-August session, pending sufficient enrolment.

Course Descriptions:

Digital Information Interaction and Design

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the Internet as a design space and to develop a user-centred perspective that can be used to frame the logical and physical design of online information systems and content. Students will gain experience applying “Design Thinking” methodologies, including ideation and prototyping, to design problems and producing clear, well-structured, and effective digital content.
  • Program Dates: July 14-August 14, 2018
  • Instruction contact hours: 3 hrs/day x 13 days per course

Networks, Crowds and Communities

  • This course introduces network concepts and analytical methods for exploring social and organizational connectivity for online work, socializing, and knowledge production. Students will critically examine the impact of social media on connections that span space and place; the phenomena of peer production and crowdsourcing; and the role of ubiquitous mobile connectivity on daily life.
  • Program Dates: July 14-August 14, 2018
  • Instruction contact hours: 3 hrs/day x 13 days per course

These non-credit courses are designed to provide international students with opportunities to learn academic topics and gain cultural experiences. The courses are based on existing iSchool courses; however, the instructors will be expected to customize the course content and assessment to suit delivery to international, undergraduate students with little to no background in the subject areas. Remuneration for each course will be approximately $10,000.

Applicants must have a minimum of a recognized master’s degree with relevant teaching experience and academic expertise.  They should be familiar with the subject area of the course.  Duties include the development of a customized course plan and materials, teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, and reporting grades.  PhD candidates are encouraged to apply. Direct queries regarding the courses or the program can be sent to Dr. Luanne Freund at

Applicants can apply as individual instructors or as co-instructor teams of two.  Updated CV and cover letter can be submitted as a PDF to  Please indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the VSP Instructor position. If you interested in a specific course or package, please include that in your email.  Application deadline: 4pm, January 31, 2018.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Ad for VSP Summer 2018

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