Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS), UBC

Assistant Professor in Discipline-Based Experiential Learning

Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS), UBC

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Discipline-Based Experiential Learning. We seek an innovative researcher and educator who will conduct internationally-recognized research on the development, application, and assessment of best-practices in Discipline-Based Experiential Learning in the Earth Sciences and/or related disciplines (e.g., Geology, Geological Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, etc.).


Experiential learning is defined here as an educational process that engages students with authentic situations and applications in field, laboratory and classroom settings. In this context “field” could refer to any experience that occurs outside of a traditional university learning space, including outdoor natural environments.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Earth Science Education or an Earth Science discipline. They will have conducted theoretically-grounded pedagogical research and show promise of making significant contributions to Earth Science Education research including cognitive and/or affective aspects of experiential learning.


This position will build on EOAS’s global leadership in Earth Science education, with the potential to bridge to other disciplines that are interested in strengthening or developing experiential learning programs. EOAS currently provides a number of important outdoor experiential learning opportunities for students, including those at the UBC Geological Field Station in the southern Okanagan, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island, and through various field study sites in and around UBC and the Vancouver region.


The candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded and internationally-recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate students, and participate in departmental activities. EOAS is dedicated to practicing excellence in evidence-based teaching. A keen interest in innovative teaching methods is essential, along with demonstrated potential for teaching excellence within one of the undergraduate specializations in EOAS. An ability to contribute to teaching in existing field courses would be desirable.

Research and teaching interests in EOAS, the top-ranked and largest Earth Sciences department in Canada, span the history of the Earth and the evolution of its structure from core to stratosphere (http://www.eoas.ubc.ca/). We seek candidates who have the capacity and interest to interact with other teaching and learning clusters both within and outside the department, and demonstrate the potential to forge links with other national and international Science Education research groups. Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity in Earth Science Education commensurate with their experience.

How to Apply:

Visit https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php and select job ID 36144. Use the upload page to upload a single PDF file that includes:

i)         a cover letter,

ii)       a detailed curriculum vitae,

iii)     a one-page summary of your research interests and accomplishments,

iv)     a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program, including potential funding sources

v)        a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy,

vi)     a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, and contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion,

vii)   three recent publications, and

viii) the names and contact information for three referees.


If your application is selected for further consideration, your referees will be contacted. The closing deadline for applications is January 31, 2020. The successful applicants are expected to start in September 2020 or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Erik Eberhardt, by email at erik@eoas.ubc.ca.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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