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Last updated: August 20, 2014



CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR (TIER II) – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Competition Number 14-74

HORTICULTURE INSTRUCTORS – Competition Number 14-86


PLUMBING INSTRUCTOR – Competition Number 14-126







CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR (TIER II) – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Competition Number 14-74


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) invites applications for a 5 year term (renewable for a further 5 year term) as a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  

Areas of expertise appropriate for this CRC include (but are not limited to) teaching and learning in higher education, outcomes-based approaches to teaching and learning, assessment practices, cognitive psychology, and the use of technology in higher education.  

The objective of the CRC program ( is to promote leading research and prepare highly qualified university teaching personnel. This appointment is provisional and contingent on the successful preparation and submission of the CRC application by the selected candidate prior to appointment, and subsequent award of CRC funding.  If approved by the CRC, the successful candidate will be offered a full time, continuing faculty appointment at KPU.

It is anticipated that the selection process will begin in June 2014, and KPU’s Office of Research and Scholarship will then work with the selected candidate to prepare the application for submission to the CRC in October 2014.   The CRC decision will be confirmed in April 2015, and so a starting date is anticipated for July, 2015.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, originally established by the government of British Columbia in 1981 as a College, was designated a university in 2009. The University, with 16,000 FTES, has four campuses located in Metro Vancouver British Columbia and provides a unique regional university environment bridging urban, suburban and rural communities.  The University offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in over 135 programs.

The creation of this new position of CRC in Teaching and Learning Higher Education reflects KPU’s commitment to enhancing teaching and learning experiences in higher education by promoting scholarly approaches and encouraging reflective practice to evaluate the learning impact of various teaching methodologies.

The successful candidate will have an established track record and passion for teaching with a substantive body of research, and demonstrated evidence of leadership in the advancement of teaching and learning.  The position will include 25% of time allocated for teaching in the Chair’s discipline, and a 75% release time for research conducted under the auspices of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and KPU’s Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (INSTL).


The Chair will work closely with the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning to:

  • engage faculty across disciplines in scholarly approaches to the enhancement of teaching and learning and engage in discipline specific SoTL activities,
  • develop a program of activities that will allow her/his expertise to be widely available to the university community, and
  • promote the scholarship of teaching and learning across the KPU community and beyond.


The Tier II nominee should:

  • be an excellent emerging researcher with demonstrated particular research creativity;
  • have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their field in the next five to ten years;
  • be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality;
  • as a chair holder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.


Applicants must have earned a PhD. in an appropriate field within the last 10 years, have a solid record of applied research, publication and outreach, demonstrated ability to generate research funding to support their research program, demonstrated success in collaborative research project work, and be prepared to lead and/or contribute to KPU scholarly activities related to the enhancement of teaching and learning.

The Chair will have an established record of scholarly/creative achievement within the broad area of innovative learning/knowing, an ability to articulate and realize an exceptional, long-term research agenda, and a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and collaborative research.


S/he will have established relationships in both the academic and non-academic communities and a portfolio demonstrating innovative learning and breakthrough thinking.


S/he will have demonstrated success with regards to obtaining research and other funding from diverse sources, leading large collaborative research initiatives, establishing and maintaining business, industry and/or community relationships, supervising student research, publishing in leading peer-reviewed publications, and disseminating via presentations or otherwise to diverse audiences.


The Chair will develop an exemplary scholarly and creative presence, complement and enrich research and scholarship among faculty by engaging with faculty in their own scholarly projects and participate in local and international research networks.


Tier II Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.



The Chair will be expected to provide a detailed research plan outlining key research areas and questions, research partnerships and collaborations, and potential funding sources. Key foci of the position of CRC in Higher Education will be to: 


  • engage in leading-edge scholarship and research creation and play a vital leadership role at KPU in stimulating research on teaching and learning including interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research
  • undertake relevant (nationally and internationally as appropriate), high quality applied research in the area of innovative learning and assessment practices
  • develop/expand networks, partnerships and collaborations within the public, private and/or non-profit sectors to support the research agenda, including building linkages with faculty at KPU and other academic institutions;
  • Pursue and obtain research funding from diverse sources, including federal, provincial, public and private, to finance the research agenda;
  • work with KPU faculties to raise the profile of the Chair, the Faculties, and the university;
  • Pursue an active dissemination strategy that targets diverse audiences and stakeholders, i.e. academics, practitioners, and policymakers, at the local, provincial, national and international levels;


Required Qualifications & Competencies


  • Doctorate degree in a relevant discipline is essential;
  • demonstrated excellence in developing, resourcing and conducting research projects in relevant fields;
  • broad understanding of the field of innovative learning;
  • a demonstrated understanding of the trends, challenges and opportunities facing higher education today;
  • strong track record in knowledge transfer, including conventional academic publications, as well as professional and public education and extension activities;
  • demonstrated excellence in building networks of both internal and external interests and stakeholders, including organizations in the public sector, non-governmental organizations and the private sector;
  • demonstrated teaching excellence in both face-to-face and distance learning environments, preferably with experience teaching international students;
  • a passion for experiential learning, interactive methodologies, and high student engagement online and in the classroom;
  • teaching and supervisory experience at the graduate level;
  • ability to liaise effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and maintain a professional approach to working relationships and conflict resolution;
  • excellent decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities;
  • exceptional communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • comfortable working in a team-based, collaborative environment;
  • experience in developing and managing research proposal and projects.


The position will remain open until filled. Applications must consist of:  

  • a cover letter,
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • four letters of reference,
  • a copy of 3 recent publications (please explain the significance of the selections),
  • a statement of research achievements (as it relates to a Tier II level of achievement),
  • a detailed research proposal (3-4 pages) appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program at the Tier II level,
  • a statement regarding how the proposed research program connects with KPU’s mission, vision, strategic directions and goals, and
  • a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.


To apply please forward your application, quoting competition number 14-74 to:




HORTICULTURE INSTRUCTORS – Competition Number 14-86


KPU’s Faculty of Science & Horticulture invites applicants for part-time non-regular type 1 (contract) instructors for September 2014 and January 2015 to teach one or more of the positions listed below.  We are also adding to our Qualified Faculty List.


The successful candidate(s) will teach:


Fall 2014 Semester:

  • Botany for Horticulture (HORT 1102) in the horticulture diploma and degree programs.  The instructor will teach the morphology, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and selected taxonomy of horticultural plants. 
  • Crop Production Practices (HORT 1193) in the Sustainable Crop Production diploma program.  The instructor will introduce crop production techniques for seasonal greenhouse and field crops in conventional and alternative systems together with Plant Identification for selected production corps.
  • Production Horticulture Pests (HORT 2378) in the Sustainable Crop Production horticulture diploma and Plant Health degree programs.  The focus of the course is on nursery and greenhouse pests.


Spring 2015 Semester:

  • Crop Production Operations (HORT 1293) in the Sustainable Crop Production diploma program.  The instructor will teach students to plant, maintain & harvest seasonal greenhouse and field crops in conventional and alternative systems, together with Plant Identification for selected production crops.
  • Arboriculture in the landscape apprenticeship and diploma programs.  Key components of these courses are pruning, planting and tree care.
  • BC Pesticide Applicator Certification (HORT 1105, 20 hours of instruction per section) in the horticulture diploma program.  The instructor will help students to prepare for he provincial certification program.
  • Turf Maintenance Scheduling (6 week Level 4) in the Horticulture Landscape Apprenticeship Program.  The instructor will teach the installation and maintenance of turf grass from seed and sod.  This includes turfgrass identification, function, standards and quality.
  • Landscape Construction (HORT 2426) in the Horticulture Landscape Systems diploma.  The instructor will teach the theory of landscape construction and assist students with the installation of landscape elements.


All course descriptions can be found on


The minimum qualifications required for the production Horticulture Pests instructor are a Masters’ degree in horticulture of agriculture, relevant professional designation, or affiliation and 5 years of related experience.  The minimum qualifications required for the Arboriculture and Production Practices courses are a diploma in landscape or production or horticulture, relevant professional designation, or affiliation and 5 years of related experience.  Preference will be given to individuals with experience teaching in a post-secondary horticulture or agriculture program. 

Those applicants interested in applying to teach can find further information on the Faculty of Science & Horticulture by visiting our website at:

 Please forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, photocopies of post-secondary transcripts, two letters of reference, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, quoting competition number 14-86 to:



We will begin reviewing applications on June 16, 2014 however the competition will remain open until filled.








The Faculty of Health at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking six (6) Non-regular Type I (contract) faculty who meet the qualification criteria to teach in our Health Care Assistant Program (HCAP). The positions will be effective September 1, 2014.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree, (Master’s Degree preferred) registration (or eligibility for registration) with the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) or College of Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC), as well as recent nursing experience. Previous teaching experience at the post-secondary level, experience in gerontological nursing and the ability to work collaboratively are required.

Please forward your expression of interest in writing, quoting competition number 14-117 along with a current resume and copies of transcripts to:


We will begin reviewing applications on August 5, 2014 however the competition will remain open until filled.



PLUMBING INSTRUCTOR – Competition Number 14-126


The Faculty of Trades and Technology is currently seeking a full-time Non-regular Type 2 Plumbing Instructor for a one-year term commencing September 2, 2014.


Minimum qualifications include a Certificate of Apprenticeship, Red Seal Interprovincial Accreditation with eight to ten years current, and relevant, related industry experience as a Plumber.  A current Cross Connection Ticket and a current Class B Gas Fitting Ticket are also required.  The knowledge and ability to communicate effectively with students is essential. Preference will be given to those applicants with a demonstrated record of teaching successfully and two years supervisory experience.


Instruction will be required at Garibaldi Heights Secondary School and possibly at both the KPU Tech Cloverdale campus, and at another off-site location in a Surrey high school.  As such, a background check will be required.


Please forward your resume, including copies of documentation of required certification, quoting competition number 14-126 by September, 2 2014 to:





The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design is seeking a full-time Non-Regular Type 2 Interior Design faculty member effective January 2, 2015.

Can you picture yourself working collaboratively with dedicated students and colleagues? Imagine teaching design in a program with a 30-year history as an industry leader as we move into the Wilson School of Design’s new building in 2015. In this vibrant environment, KPU’s Interior Design program, currently the only CIDA accredited program in BC and one of the most sought after degree programs in Canada, is positioned to continue developing exceptional design graduates respected for their creative and design thinking skills.  The Interior Design department   is a flexible learning environment nurtured in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation. Our program is committed to an integrated curriculum which fosters creative, technical, and research skills, and the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes students will need to become professional members of the interior design community.

Come and be a part of our dynamic team.


Depending on the candidate’s expertise and/or research interests, instruction may include any of the following areas:

  • Interior Design Studio (design projects and processes)
  • Design Theory & History (big picture thinking, design research strategies and methodologies)
  • Visual Communication
  • Technical Information & Communication
  • Professional Awareness
  • Socially and environmentally responsible design


Faculty members of the Interior Design department are also expected to contribute and participate in the following:

  • teaching across curriculum
  • curriculum development and review
  • assisting students outside of scheduled class time
  • preparation processes and site visits for CIDA
  • representing the Interior Design program and/or the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design
  • participation on various internal university committees
  • being an external ambassador for the Interior Design program
  • liaising with industry and profession
  • chairing faculty meetings
  • fostering student success and guiding students through university processes
  • contributing to the day-to-day operations of the department


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design
  • Substantial professional practice indicated by a portfolio reflecting a minimum of 8 – 10 years diverse experience related to the built environment; showing breadth and depth of design work
  • Minimum two years teaching experience required
  • NCIDQ Certificate holder
  • Membership /or eligibility in appropriate professional associations (IDIBC / IDC and other)


  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience teaching interior design or related disciplines at post-secondary level
  • Interest and/or experience in curriculum development and review
  • LEED accredited professional
  • Volunteer experience with organizations/associations


  • Student focused: demonstrate appreciation for students and the role of a learner centered institution
  • Collaborative: provides evidence of embracing a collaborative style of teaching and learning Team player committed to fostering consensus building towards the success of the program
  • Leader: Strong academic leadership qualities and experience
  • Organizational skills: diplomatic, consultative, and democratic. Organized, pays attention to details and a multi-tasker; able to manage and prioritize multiple demands and various levels of accountability.  Understands institutional policies and procedures
  • Strong communicator: effective written and oral communication skills
  • Digital literacy: technically savvy and able to trouble-shoot and navigate various software and hardware.
  • Interpersonal skills: dedicated and reliable; positive and eager; flexible, open minded, adaptable, and resilient.  Confident, self-directed, pro-active, action oriented, ‘can-do’ personality.  Embraces diversity.  Has a sense of humour. Must be dedicated to creating and maintaining a motivational climate and work closely with other instructors in the integration of course materials
  • Innovative: A broad, innovative and creative thinker
  • Active in design: or related professions

Candidates will be required to demonstrate understanding of the program’s integrated curriculum model as well as their interest and abilities to teach across the curriculum.

References from clients, employers, and/or allied professionals will be required at the interview, along with your design and teaching portfolio.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.  Kwantlen offers a competitive benefits package and professional development opportunities.

Please forward your resumé, including photocopies of post-secondary transcripts, quoting competition number 14-127 by September 2, 2014 to: