Southeastern European Studies / Croatian Language and Culture (Lecturer)

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) in UBC’s Faculty of Arts invites applications for an initial three-year full-time appointment in Slavic and Eastern European Studies at the rank of Lecturer, effective September 1, 2024.

Lecturer positions entail a probationary first year, and are non-tenure-track appointments, renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) per year and service assignments amounting to approximately 20% of the full-time commitment.

To be considered, applicants will hold a Ph.D., MA, or other advanced degree in Slavic Studies, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, or a related field. Fluency in English and Croatian is required, and other language proficiencies relevant to Southeastern European Studies are welcome.

Applicants’ primary research and/or teaching focus should be Southeastern European Studies broadly. The successful colleague will teach courses in Croatian language (for heritage and additional language learners), as well as cultural topics around Southeastern European multiculturalism, media, film, literature, society, politics, journalism, creative writing, and/or other areas of interest to UBC students. These latter courses will be taught in English. The successful candidate will teach 8 courses per year, though significant community engagement / outreach projects beyond UBC, with Southeastern European communities in the Vancouver area, may reduce this teaching load to 7. Successful candidates will have demonstrated successful teaching at various levels.

How to apply: Apply online by Oct 31, 2023, at Applicants must be prepared to upload a single bookmarked PDF file containing the following items in the order listed: a letter of application and a CV. In mid-November, short-listed candidates will be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching evaluations, course syllabi) as well as names and contact information of three referees that could be called upon to supply confidential letters of reference upon request.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department, Prof. David Gramling at Review of applications will begin Nov 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants are requested to review our Department’s strategic plan, as well as the program outcomes for the UBC Slavic and Eastern European Studies program. As uninvited settlers on Indigenous Musqueam land, applicants are asked to consider their ongoing obligations to Indigenous communities and interests, including what it means to teach Southeastern European Studies and Croatian language on unceded Indigenous land.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at:

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.

Applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus.

Similar searches: Full-time, 4-year college or university, Lecturer/instructor, Other languages, Canada