Job Posting: Vancouver Summer Program Instructor

Position Title: Vancouver Summer Program Instructor
Duration: June – August, 2019 (the teaching period will be from July 13th – August 13th, but this includes course preparation time as well as grading and student evaluations after the program)
Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2019
Application Instructions:
Include your CV and a cover letter articulating your fit for teaching this course, previous teaching experience, and teaching philosophy to


Role and Responsibilities:

The UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is seeking an instructor to teach courses for the UBC IRES’s Vancouver Summer Program. The VSP is a one month condensed summer program offered to international undergraduate students to come and experience life and classes at UBC. Instructors will be responsible for course preparation (some materials will be provided), four weeks of teaching (July 13th – August 13th, 2019, 39 contact hours), marking, and some social activities during that period. Each package has two courses taught for 3 hours per day (with some days off over the weeks due to student social events). The successful candidate will work closely with another lead instructor to provide a cohesive package to the students. Our emphasis is on active learning teaching methods where students are inspired to explore the subject matter through field trips, labs, discussions, and in‐class activities, and as such there is some flexibility in the course design and progression.

In particular, we are looking for an individual who will be able to teach the following course:


Energy for Sustainable Development

Climate change is only one of many challenges we face, and large-scale innovation in energy systems will be needed to meet multiple objectives including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Technological and business innovations have begun to transform the global energy system. From the development of renewables such as solar and wind, deployment of complex networked technologies (such as electric vehicles), or the diffusion of novel ‘mundane’ technologies (such as improved cook stoves in the developing world), technological innovation holds the key to our energy future. This course will examine what is driving these innovations, how their promise might be reached and their benefits be maximized, and what social and policy efforts are needed to sustain them. This course will include field trips and presentations by industry guest speakers, as well as speakers from non-governmental organizations and the public sector.



  • Master’s degree in a related field (PhD is preferred)
  • Expertise in the subject matter of the course
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Previous experience working with international students
  • Ability to work individually and/or in teams
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to plan and execute course curriculum


Equity Statement

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.