Current Job Opportunities
We seek an MA, MSc, or PhD candidate in Statistics or a related field to assist with development of classroom activities for the teaching of undergraduate Statistics. The position is funded by the UBC Flexible Learning Initiative project "Introductory Statistics", and the student will be part of a team involved in this innovative high-impact project to enhance Introductory Statistics education at UBC. The project’s team includes 11 faculty members in 7 departments in the Faculties of Science, Arts, and Medicine, with all faculty involved in teaching Introductory Statistics. The team will work cooperatively to develop a vetted collection of high-quality open educational modular resources on Introductory Statistics, including in-class activities, personal response (clicker) questions, simulations, case studies, screencasts and on-line individualized homework, all with learning wrappers. Resources will be organized and shared through an easily accessible open online platform that will be developed as part of this project.
The incumbent will assist the "Classroom Activities" team (Profs Fred Cutler and Andrew Owen in Political Science and Leslie Burkholder in Philosophy) in the design and preparation of detailed materials for modular in-class activities that instructors of Introductory Statistics may adopt for classroom use across campus in multiple disciplines. Tasks undertaken in this position will include research on existing classroom activities detailed in the Statistics teaching literature and on instructors' websites, preparation of detailed lesson plans based around classroom activities lasting between 15 and 30 minutes each, iterative preparation of the materials (worksheets, visuals, software, etc.) that students will work with directly, formatting and 'wrapping' of these materials based on standards developed in the broader project, preparation of plans for evaluation of the effectiveness of the activities, and assisting with in-class testing and deployment of the materials. The incumbent will therefore have an interest in the pedagogy of Statistics, scholarship on teaching and learning of Statistics, a wide-ranging understanding of the different disciplinary contexts in which Statistics is taught, and clear communication skills in English. The incumbent should also possess a creative streak that will contribute to the team's imagination of new activities that engage students and employ new forms of classroom interaction, especially ones based in emerging teaching technologies.
This position is for 4-6 hours per week (negotiable) from July 1, 2015 until April 30, 2016.
Interested applicants should send one email containing a one-paragraph statement of interest, a brief cv, and the names and emails of two relevant references, to Fred.Cutler@ubc.ca and Andrew.Owen@ubc.ca. Applications will be assessed based on suitability for the role and tasks enumerated above.
Applications will be considered beginning June 18th until the position is filled.
Sessional Lecturer Position
Application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, can be submitted via email to:
Attn: Committee on Appointments
Department of Statistics, University of British Columbia
3182 Earth Sciences Building
2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
The closing date for applying is Thursday July 14, 2015.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.