Lecturer, Master of Urban Forestry Leadership – University of British Columbia

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a Lecturer (term appointment). The successful candidate will lead the development, teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) graduate program with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed.  The MUFL program provides education and training in urban forestry management to an international student body that includes recent graduates, early and mid-career professionals.

The lecturer will teach or co-teach courses such as Developing Green and Resilient Cities: The Urban Forestry Approach (UFOR 500, online course), Urban Forest Governance (UFOR 512), Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept (FCOR 599), Advances in Arboriculture and Urban Ecology (UFOR 521), Urban Forest Resources and Benefits Assessment (UFOR 522), Strategic Urban Forest Planning and Management (UFOR 523), and the MUFL capstone course (UFOR 531). Courses will often be taught collaboratively, with the involvement of other Faculty members as well as industry experts. The lecturer will also play a key role developing, coordinating, managing, and promoting the program in close collaboration with the Program Director. Student mentoring and advising will also be an important part of the lecturer’s role.

The MUFL program provides an international perspective to urban forestry and we anticipate a diverse student cohort in terms of experience, discipline, and cultural background. The lecturer will play a central role in curriculum development in consultation with relevant urban forestry stakeholders. The program will be taught online, at least for the initial 2021-2022 academic year, with the possibility of in-person delivery in the future. As a result, integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into curriculum is highly desirable.

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate must have a proven track record in teaching governance, planning, and management aspects of urban forestry or related fields (e.g., forestry, conservation, landscape architecture, ecology, urban design). The successful candidate must provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching. The candidate should also demonstrate experience and ability to create innovative instructional environments in the classroom and online. Experience in curriculum development, course design, student mentoring and advising, and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate is also an asset.

Preferred qualifications:

The following qualifications are desirable: a PhD in urban forestry or a closely related topic is preferred; three or more years of proven relevant experience in field and classroom instruction and course development; experience with online course delivery; and experience with teaching in programs with an international focus. Also desirable is two or more years of practical experience in urban forest or urban green space planning and/or management.

The lectureship appointment will start as soon as possible, but no later than 1 June 2021. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for a period of one year (subject to successful performance), with the expectation of renewal for subsequent years.

Applicants should apply online on the UBC Faculty Careers page, JR207.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, statement of teaching interests relevant to the position, a one-page maximum diversity statement explaining how you would contribute to the University’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment that includes those under-represented in urban forestry sciences, and full contact information for three individuals that can provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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.

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