Assistant Professor, Adult Education
University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, BC
The department of Adult Education is committed to FIVE principled activities and core values:

enhancing access to education and lifelong learning;
applying research to improve organizational, social and environmental wellbeing and justice;
teaching evidence-based and learner-centred professional practices;
providing students with key skills aimed at succeeding in the target professions we serve; and
promoting diversity in knowledge, learning, students, professional practices, and society.
To embody these values, we offer a range of undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs and elective courses, including a BA in Adult Education, Workplace Education and Integrated Learning Design Associate Certificates, a TESL Canada Standard 2 Certificate, and a Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) graduate certificate. We have unique policies including a program-based PLAR policy that recognizes up to 54 credits of relevant experiential learning for credit towards the BA-ADED. We also use a unique method of delivery using blended online classes that provide distance learners access to synchronous classes through videoconferencing technologies.

The department of Adult Education invites applications for a Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Adult Education and TESL (subject to budgetary approval). The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in instructional skills, diversity and mindfulness studies in Adult Education, the History of Adult Education, and a range of TESL related teaching and curriculum-related courses. We seek applicants who share our passion for, and commitment to, excellence in undergraduate teaching in a student-centered environment; who successfully integrate their scholarship into their teaching; and who are experienced in the delivery of high-quality service in communities of practice, particularly in the areas of Community-based Adult Education and Social-Emotional Learning in Adults (including, potentially, Trauma-Informed Practice(s)).

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level and possess strong communication, leadership, and administrative skills. The successful applicant must be able to incorporate or reflect Indigenous perspectives or ways of teaching and learning into their curriculum

We are seeking a collegial, energetic and innovative individual who communicates effectively with students both in and out of the classroom; is able to instruct across a range of the undergraduate courses offered by the department; and can develop new and innovative courses.

Demonstrable experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, on-line, experiential, and computer-assisted learning) is required. Furthermore, experience and interest in developing or extending experiential learning opportunities, including practicum experiences (e.g., we support a 50-hour TESL practicum); internships, study abroad and co-curricular activities is highly desirable. The successful candidate will show aptitude for working in team situations; an interest in innovative inter-disciplinary teaching.

Applicants will have a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience; demonstrated ability to establish a successful research program; and an ability to incorporate their research into applied learning opportunities for students.
We expect successful candidates to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning as well, given our focus as a teaching-intensive university. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in community-based research, who are in a capacity to support our significant partnerships and student field-experiences with community agencies in Adult Education and TESL. The successful applicant will be expected to develop innovative and internationally recognized research programs.

The successful applicant will be expected to actively participate in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. A commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required. We seek applicants with particular experience or expertise in Adult Education and TESL, who are able to interact effectively with health-promotion, migration, and Indigenous area studies and programs at UFV and in the community.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrable ability to collaborate/interact effectively with external bodies or agencies. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars or teachers or researchers with experience of racialization or colonization.

Applicants should have a completed Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Adult Education, TESL or Curriculum or Educational Studies with an interdisciplinary research topic related to Adult Education and TESL. We will consider candidates with strong indications of imminent completion of a relevant doctoral degree. The candidate must have a TESL Canada Standard 3 certificate or the equivalent, which implies direct experience teaching and educating a range of learners of ESL/EAL. This position is focused on community-based teaching and learning, so experience in this area is required, as is experience teaching in hybrid and/or online learning environments.

Other desired qualifications include experience working with diverse and marginalized populations in the field of Adult Education and/or TESL, mindfulness-based interventional facilitation experience or credentials, and broader settlement-related experience with newcomers to Canada. Knowledge and relationships with a range of community providers in British Columbia and in the Fraser Valley or broader Lower Mainland regions is an asset.