The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses in Hindi and Urdu language and culture.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in both Hindi and Urdu; a Ph.D. in Hindi and/or Urdu Language and Linguistics, Hindi and/or Urdu Language and Literature, Hindi and/or Urdu Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational skills; evidence of excellent teaching ability in Hindi and/or Urdu at the post-secondary level in North America and experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in program coordination, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners in fields like Hindi-Urdu performing arts, cinema, or popular culture are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended prior to July 1, 2018). The normal teaching load of an Instructor is six 3-credit courses over the academic year.  Courses will range from first- to third-year undergraduate courses. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian fields of teaching and research, and especially with professorial faculty in Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, complete transcripts of one’s post-secondary education, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also prepare two sample teaching videos (preferably one each for Hindi and Urdu), uploaded to YouTube as private videos, with links sent as part of their application submission.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) sent by the same deadline to the email address below.

Other hiring information:

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2017.  The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2018.

All application materials should be submitted electronically to

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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.



 Date of Posting:               March 31, 2017


ASIA 211—Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions

ASIA 250—Introduction to Buddhism

ASIA 254—Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Film

ASIA 304—Survey of South and Southeast Asian Performing Arts

ASIA 308–Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India

ASIA 325–Hong Kong Cinema

ASIA 326–Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime

ASIA 327—Korean Popular Music in Context

ASIA 341–Classical Chinese Literature in Translation

ASIA 351—Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation

ASIA 354—Intro to Japanese Cinema

ASIA 355—Chinese Cinema

ASIA 356—Korean Cinema

ASIA 363—Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan

ASIA 364—Modern Japanese Literature in translation

ASIA 369—Asian Folklore

ASIA 370—The Sanskrit Cosmopolis: India and the World, 200-1500 CE

ASIA 371—Foundations of Chinese thought

ASIA 386—Chinese Grammar and Usage I

ASIA 396—Chinese Grammar and Usage II

CHIN 131/133—Basic Chinese I: Part 1/Part 2 (Non-Heritage)

CHIN 141/143—Basic Chinese I: Part 1/Part 2 (Heritage)

CHIN 134/234—Intensive Basic Chinese I/II (Non-Heritage)

CHIN 231/233—Basic Chinese II: Part 1/Part 2 (Non-Heritage)

CHIN 241/243—Basic Chinese II: Part 1/ Part 2 (Heritage)

CHIN 331/333—Intermediate Chinese I: Part 1/ Part 2 (Non-Heritage)

CHIN 461—Early Classical Chinese Poetry (to Han)

CHIN 463—Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han to Tang)

CHIN 471—Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Tang)

CHIN 473—Later Classical Chinese Poetry (after Tang)

CHIN 481/483—Modern Chinese Literature 1/2

CHIN 491/493—Classical Chinese I/II (Heritage)

CNTO 301/303—Basic Cantonese I/ II

CNTO 311—Basic Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers

JAPN 100/101—Beginning Japanese IA/ IB

JAPN 160/260—Intensive Beginning Japanese I/II

JAPN 200/201—Beginning Japanese II A/II B

JAPN 320/321—Intermediate Japanese I A/ I B

JAPN 322/323—Intermediate Japanese II A/ II B

Korean 102—Basic Korean -Term 1/2

Korean 200—Intermediate Korean – Term 1/2

Korean 301/302—Readings in Korean Topics I / II

Punjabi 102/200—Intro / intermediate Punjabi – Term 1/2

Estimated total vacancies:  Number of positions to be determined

Required qualifications:

  • High level of fluency in the language to be taught
  • Ability to prepare teaching materials
  • Training of previous experience in language teaching, or at least a B. A. with specialization in the relevant language desirable

Period of Employment:

Term 1:         September 1 – December 31, 2017

Term 2:         January 1 – April 30, 2018

General nature of the duties:

Preparation of and instruction in the language laboratory, discussion periods, tutorial sessions, review sessions and lectures; teaching ; keeping class records; setting, marking and providing feedback on examinations, tests and assignments; holding office hours; invigilating exams and assisting instructors to conduct oral exams; management and maintenance of a website and competence in Connect ; duplicating materials; ordering and obtaining AV equipment; demonstrating procedures or setting up demonstrations.

         Current salary:

Graduate Teaching Assistant I (Doctoral) or equivalent:      $31.92/hour

Graduate Teaching Assistant II (Masters) or equivalent:       $30.71/hour

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA1)                             $17.16/hour  

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA2)                             $15.32/hour


Application Procedure:

If you are interested and think that you qualify, please fill an application form posted on our website and email it as a PDF file to (please do not submit a hard copy).

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2017.

You will be informed about the result of your application by the language coordinator(s) and/or Administrator. Please note that generally it is impossible to make firm decisions about appointments until the enrollments are known at the end of the registration period. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.   We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.