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Faculty of Education - Instructor III (Social Contexts in Education)

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Job Title Faculty of Education - Instructor III (Social Contexts in Education)
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We are one of Canada’s top universities and leading research institutions. With more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, two campuses (Lethbridge and Calgary), seven faculties and schools, and more than 2,500 employees, ULethbridge is Lethbridge’s second largest employer. Faculty and staff come together to contribute, each in their own way, to establishing ULethbridge as Canada’s destination university. In 2022, Lethbridge was recognized as one of Canada’s top small cities.
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Position Details
The Faculty of Education is seeking a dynamic educator and innovative educational leader whose academic work demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of the relationship between theoretical knowledge and professional practice to provide high quality preparation of future teachers and academic leaders. The individual should be an experienced educator and collaborative colleague for a one-year term full-time Instructor I position in the area of Social Contexts in Education. Academic duties include: (i) teaching undergraduate courses, including supervision of undergraduate field experiences, and assessment of student work; (ii) professional activities that contribute to a larger discourse; and (iii) other contributions to the University and scholarly communities.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills
Qualifications include a graduate degree directly relevant to the social contexts of education as these areas are core components of our undergraduate Bachelor of Education program. A doctoral degree is preferred though applicants who are nearing completion of their doctoral degree may be considered; individuals considered ‘master’ teachers as supported by evidence who have successfully attained a master’s level graduate degree in a field relevant to Social Contexts in Education may also be considered. Applicants should have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and be eligible for teacher certification in the Province of Alberta.

The successful candidate should have the ability and interest to teach courses in and contribute to our Bachelor of Education degree. The ability to teach in person, online, and blended formats, and the ability to integrate innovative technology into teaching will be an asset for this position. As a destination university, prospective applicants are expected to relocate to Lethbridge, Alberta to support students and actively engage in our university culture. Fluency in English is a requirement. Proficiency in a second language is an asset.
Preference will be given to applicants with research expertise and/or ability to teach in one or more of the following areas:
  • Teaching and learning in complex classroom spaces.
  • Social and cultural influences and issues affecting learning, teaching, and the process of schooling.
  • Approaches to addressing equity, diversity, inclusion and decoloniality.
  • Social construction of knowledge.
  • Student success in inclusive learning environments.
  • Privilege and its influences on educational experiences.
  • Legal frameworks supporting the creation of equitable classrooms.
  • First Nations, Inuit and Mètis foundational knowledge.
Ability to teach in one or more of these additional areas at the undergraduate or graduate level is considered a strong asset:
  • Early years and elementary pedagogy
  • Sociology of education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Professions and trades education
  • Learning, identity, wellbeing and the social good
The University of Lethbridge is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, and representative workforce that is reflective of the community we serve. The University welcomes all applications from qualified candidates including all employment equity groups of Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, racialized individuals and persons of diverse gender and sexual orientation protected under the Alberta Human rights code. In accordance with the Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

Application Process
All applications must be submitted online, and should include:
  1. A letter of application specifically outlining their experience with and knowledge of the above-described needs.
  2. A detailed academic curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three referees. 
  3. A teaching philosophy statement that clearly articulates the applicant’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization.
About Our Faculty
Situated in the heart of Blackfoot territory on its lands and waters, the University of Lethbridge’s (Iniskim meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone) Faculty of Education (Ii inoo kaksini meaning Buffalo Wisdom) is one of the top regarded Faculties of Education in Western Canada. We continually seek to respectfully honour and work to support the advancement of Blackfoot culture, language, and values. Built on an ethic of care, we are committed to act upon principles of fairness, equity, belonging and decoloniality in all our relations. By respectfully modelling diverse approaches to research, teaching, and service, we continually strive to enable undergraduate and graduate students to become caring, creative, and critical teachers, counselors, researchers, and leaders. Through innovative, thoughtful, and accessible practices informed by our expertise, we prepare professionals to effectively engage with educational complexities both known and yet to be revealed. Central to these commitments is endeavouring to be local, national, and international leaders in education, counselling, and research.

About Our Programs
The Faculty of Education offers three pathways to a highly regarded undergraduate-level bachelor’s degree leading to teacher certification. Our graduate programs in contemporary issues in education and educational leadership offer options for thesis, project and course based. Details about the Faculty of Education’s graduate programs can be found at Information about our undergraduate programming can be found at
About Our University
Two campuses (Calgary and Lethbridge) and 18 research centres and institutes make up our university community. There are more than 55,000 University of Lethbridge alumni worldwide. The University’s main campus is situated on over 550 acres of traditional Blackfoot territory in west Lethbridge. In the 2024 Maclean’s University Rankings, the University of Lethbridge’s student scholarship support combined with continued excellence in research saw us jump five spots in the primarily undergraduate classification across Canada and number one in Alberta. Student scholarship support saw us leap from 16th to 7th overall in the category. As a testament to the close relationship we have with community partners, our reputation ranking is a solid fourth overall.
About Our Community
The City of Lethbridge is known for being Where the Rocky Mountains meet the Prairies. A city since 1906, Lethbridge is a growing community of just over 100,000 residents, that features affordability and vibrant community engagement. Located in southern Alberta, Lethbridge approximately 145 kilometers east of the Canadian Rockies and 95 kilometers north of the United States border. The city’s economy has expanded from primarily agriculture into a thriving industrial, commercial, research and technology hub. Lethbridge’s major employers are in the education, health care and government sectors. Lethbridge is known for its bright sunshine (more than 320 days per year), warm summers, and mild winters thanks to our semi-arid climate and Chinook winds. The Oldman River divides the north and south sides from the west side. The river valley’s coulees are home to one of North America’s largest urban park systems. With over 240km of trails, enjoy walks, runs and bike rides throughout the city. Adventure is only a short drive away! Experience hiking, camping, skiing and more just outside Lethbridge. Information about Lethbridge can be found at
Position Category Other
Faculty Faculty of Education
Campus Lethbridge
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 05/13/2024
Close Date 06/30/2024
Open Until Filled
Desired Start Date 07/01/2024
Position End Date (if temporary) 06/30/2025
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Equity
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Documents

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