Date of Posting: May 30, 2017

The University of British Columbia is accepting applications for one 12-month lecturer position (1-year contract) in Chinese Thought, commencing September 1, 2017. This position may be renewed for a further year, subject to excellent performance in teaching and service, approval of the Department, and availability of funds. The successful candidate is expected to teach 24 credits of undergraduate ASIA-prefix courses over the 12-month period, including, but not limited to, sections of ASIA 382 (3 credits) Buddhism in China, ASIA 371 (3) Foundations of Chinese Thought, ASIA 371 (3) Development of Traditional Chinese Thought, and ASIA 332 (3) Confucianism in China and Beyond.

Applicants are required to have native or near-native fluency in English, advanced knowledge of Classical and modern Mandarin Chinese, a Ph.D. degree in Ancient Chinese History, Chinese Thought, Chinese Religion, Chinese Philosophy or a related field and teaching experience at the college/university level in North America.  Strong interest and experience in technology-based instruction and in curriculum development will be assets.  The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please send the application dossier, including an application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three referees and arrange to have each of those referees send a confidential letter of recommendation. All application materials and reference letters should be submitted electronically to

The deadline for receipt of application materials is June 30, 2017.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to 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; Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.  Applicants in this group are encouraged to self-identify.  For information about the Department, please visit



 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.