Sessionals Postings Spring 2021

The Department of Geography invites applications for the following position(s):
Sessional Instructors
Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)
Spring Semester (January 4 – April 30, 2021)

All positions have a closing date of 9 am, Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

Spring 2021 courses will be predominantly delivered via remote instruction; exceptions will have to be discussed with the department and need to follow SFU’s approval process. All instructors need to be comfortable teaching and supporting undergraduate students in an online environment such as Canvas. Please note that training will be available through SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence and is recommended (overview, Remote Teaching Resources for Instructors).

Applicants should submit an online application and supporting documents. Further information is available on the Department of Geography Website. If you cannot submit an online application, we will accept your application via mail at the Department of Geography office (RCB 7123) to the attention of Tiina Klasen.

For questions and inquiries, please email the Chair’s Assistant at geogsec@sfu.ca or contact the Manager, Academic and Administrative services at 778.782.2558 or geogmgr@sfu.ca.

In addition to the listed qualifications for each position, the Department of Geography will define qualification in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). Evaluation of the adequacy of qualifications is at the Chair’s discretion.

Compensation is based on contact hours and is detailed in the TSSU Collective Agreement salary scales.

Appointment priority is in accordance with the Collective Agreement and the Sessional Instructor Seniority List provided by the University.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral applicants in the Department of Geography will be prioritized for positions marked Reserve Sessional Instructor. However, all qualified applicants are invited to apply.

The tentative class schedule is available online. Please check the schedule before applying.

1.

COURSE:

GEOG 213 Introduction to Geomorphology

LOCATION:

Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Thursdays, 14:30-16:20 pm) and 2-day field trip supervision (or 1x2 hour lab in lieu); TA supervision; 4 contact hours

*This course has a weekend field trip (if feasible under Covid regulations). Include a field trip plan and budget. Course fees collected as part of tuition are $67.57 per student.

*This is a reserve sessional instructor position

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in geography or related discipline and relevant demonstrated ability to teach in the classroom, lab and field settings to students with a wide range of backgrounds in science and social science.

Qualifications include the ability to provide students with an appreciation of how the landscape around them formed and its continued evolution, with particular focus on landscapes of British Columbia, western North America and Canada. Commitment to incorporate qualitative and quantitative approaches and deductive reasoning.

This course has both Quantitative

(https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html) and

Breadth Science (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/breadth.html)

designations; course content must fulfill these requirements.

2.

COURSE:

GEOG 214  - Weather and Climate

LOCATION:

Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Fridays, 10:30-12:20) and 1x2 hour lab; TA supervision; 4 contact hours

*This is a reserve sessional instructor position

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in geography or related discipline, and demonstrated expertise in weather and climate as well as relevant demonstrated ability to teach in the classroom and lab to students with a wide range of backgrounds in science and social science.

Qualifications include a background in atmospheric science, including an understanding of the fundamental processes that govern the atmosphere (energy balance, humidity, stability) as well as proficiency with instrumentation to measure atmospheric variables (humidity, temperature, wind speed).

This course has a Quantitative designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.

3.

COURSE:

GEOG 251 Quantitative Geography

LOCATION:

Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Mondays 14:30-16:20) and 1x2 hour lab; TA supervision; 4 contact hours

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree; preferably a PhD and relevant demonstrated ability to teach in (virtual) classroom and computer lab settings to students with a wide range of academic backgrounds in geography, environment, arts, science and business.

Qualifications include demonstrated competence in the use of statistical methods and techniques to process geographic data, and to explain these clearly and effectively to students. Applicants should be able to provide students with an appreciation of how quantitative geographic data can inform real-world decision-making. A commitment to incorporate critical thinking and reasoning using data is necessary.

Use of MS Excel 2016 for PC is essential.

This course has a Quantitative designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.

4.

COURSE:

GEOG 255 Geographical Information Science

LOCATION:

Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Thursdays, 8:30-10:20) and 1x2 hour lab;

TA supervision; 4 contact hours

*This is a reserve sessional instructor position

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in geography or related discipline, and relevant and demonstrated ability to teach.

Qualifications include knowledge and experience in GIScience with an understanding of methods, algorithms and the nature of spatial data and its representation. In addition, applicants should be conversant in social implications of ubiquitous spatial data collection and analysis.

Use of PC based Desktop ArcGIS 10.x is essential.

This course has a Quantitative designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.

5.

COURSE:

GEOG 313 - River Geomorphology

LOCATION:

 Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Tuesdays, 10:30-12:20) and 2-day field trip supervision (or 1x2 hour lab in lieu); TA supervision; 4 contact hours

*This course has a weekend field trip (if feasible under Covid regulations). Include a field trip plan and budget. Course fees collected as part of tuition are $57.43 per student.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in geography or related discipline, and demonstrated expertise in river geomorphology as well as relevant demonstrated ability to teach in the classroom and lab to students with a wide range of backgrounds in science and social science.

Qualifications include a background in river science including an understanding of the fundamental processes that govern channel hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport and channel form adjustment (bedforms, hydraulic geometry, planform, long profile). Applicants should be familiar with field and laboratory techniques in river geomorphology and be able to instruct students in these techniques (river gauging, flood frequency analysis, granulometry, aerial photograph interpretation).

Experience in online teaching is an asset; support will be available through SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence.

This course has a Quantitative designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.

6.                                

COURSE:

GEOG 353   Advanced Remote Sensing

LOCATION:

Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Thursdays, 12:30-14:20) and 1x2 hour lab;

TA supervision; 4 contact hours

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree; preferably a PhD, in geography or related discipline, and demonstrated expertise in remote sensing as well as relevant demonstrated ability to teach in (virtual) classroom and computer lab settings to students with a wide range of academic backgrounds science and social science.

Qualifications include knowledge of remote sensing data acquisition, imagery processing and characteristics (spatial, spectral, radiometric and temporal resolutions) and the basics of image pre-processing and classification. GEOG 353 expands on topics such as accuracy assessment of classified products, the creation and use of spectral indices, physical and empirical calibration of digital imagery via modeling, hyperspectral remote sensing, LiDAR and radar data processing. Demonstrated competence in the use of digital remote sensing methods and techniques for processing optical, LiDAR and radar data to create accurate data end products are required. Applicants should be able to explain these subjects clearly and effectively to students, and encourage the use of remote sensing data in real-world decision-making. Lab exercises can be conducted using ENVI, ArcGIS or IDRISI, and the introduction of programming approaches with R, Python and/or QGIS is highly desirable.

Experience in online teaching is an asset; support will be available through SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence

This course has a Quantitative designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/quantitative.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.

7.

COURSE:

GEOG 389W  – Nature & Society

LOCATION:

   Remote Instruction

DURATION:

January 4 – April 30, 2021

DETAILS:

1x2 hour lecture (Mondays, 10:30-12:20) and 1x2 hour tut; 4 contact hours

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD in geography or a related discipline, and relevant demonstrated ability to teach human geography concepts to students with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including science students. Qualifications include the ability to teach geographical perspectives on nature-society relations. 

Applicants will be familiar with contemporary environmental debates and crises, e.g. the Anthropocene; environmental racism; environmental justice; capitalist natures; colonial natures; and historical and contemporary conservation and environmentalist thought and practices.

Ideally, the instructor will cultivate students’ ability to identify societal, political and economic drivers of ecological change and how these drivers and their social and political effects are unevenly distributed worldwide. Candidates who can speak about examples from various parts of the world will be favoured.

This course has a W designation (https://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_faculty/wqb_criteria_and_definitions/writing.html); course content must fulfill this requirement.