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Sessional Instructors, Department of Communication, Media & Film, Spring/Summer 2024

Job ID: 30507

Updated: November 21, 2023

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Department of Communication, Media & Film invites applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the following courses in Spring 2024 (May 1, 2024-June 23, 2024) and Summer 2024 (June 24, 2024-August 25, 2024).

Spring 2024 Courses of Instruction:
Discipline-based Academic Writing

  • ACWR 303 (LEC 01) – Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)

Professional and Technical Communication

  • COMS 363 (LEC 02) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 03) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 04) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 05) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 06) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 07) - Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)

Visual Communication & Culture

  • COMS 367 (LEC 01) - MW 09:00-11:45 (In person)

Rhetorical Communication

  • COMS 369 (LEC 01) - MW 12:00-14:45 (In person)

Critical Media Studies

  • COMS 371 (LEC 01/LAB 01) – LEC 01 - TR 9:00-10:45 (In person)/ LAB B01 - TR 11:00-11:50 (In person)

Introduction to Public Relations

  • COMS 383 (LEC 01) - TR 12:00-14:45 (In person)

Summer 2024 Courses of Instruction:
Communication Research Methods

  • COMS 313 (LEC 01) - MW 13:00-15:45 (In person)

Professional Technical Communication

  • COMS 363 (LEC 01) Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 02) Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 03) Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)
  • COMS 363 (LEC 04) Online, Asynchronous (Web-based)

Position Requirements:

  • PhD or MA in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants who have completed their candidacy requirements or who have equivalent professional experience may be considered
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses at a university level 

For course descriptions, please refer to the University Calendar.

Please note that the courses are tentative, pending sufficient enrollments.

For salary information, please refer to TUCFA's Collective Agreement, Schedule B. As per the Collective Agreement, the Faculty of Arts adheres to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

Application Process:
All applicants must provide a letter specifying the course(s) and session(s) of interest (in order of preference), outlining their qualifications to teach each course. Applicants who have taught in the Department within the past two years need not provide anything further, although more information may be requested later in the selection process.

New applicants must submit: 

  • A current CV containing relevant teaching experience (e.g., courses taught, textbooks used, where and when taught). 
  • Names and contact information for 3 potential referees; and
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)

Doctoral students must have successfully completed their candidacy exams prior to the beginning of the term in question for their applications to be given consideration. They should also have discussed their application with their supervisor and include a letter of support from their supervisors with their application. Those who have completed the Instructional Skills Workshop at the Teaching and Learning Centre will also be given special consideration.

Please submit your letter and any required application documents online (in pdf form) using the “Apply Now” link. Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application deadline: December 1, 2023

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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