Faculty Opening – University of the Fraser Valley

Posting: 2015.134
Position        Faculty: Assistant Professor, French
Department:     Modern Languages
Status: Faculty tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, 100% full-time
Start Date: August 1, 2016
Review Date:    January 15, 2016

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

The Modern Languages department at UFV invites applications for a full-time, permanent position in French.

The successful candidate will have completed, or be in the process of completing, a PhD in French language pedagogy, linguistics, literature, or a closely-related field, and will have native or near-native fluency in French and advanced proficiency in English.

As a primarily teaching-oriented institution and department, we are seeking a collegial, energetic and innovative individual who has demonstrable teaching experience and ability at the undergraduate level, communicates effectively with students both in and out of the classroom, is able to instruct across the undergraduate French curriculum, and can develop new and innovative programs and courses. Experience and interest in developing experiential learning opportunities, including internships, study-abroad and co-curricular activities is highly desirable. Demonstrable knowledge of high impact practices in second-language teaching in a minority setting, and experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, on-line, experiential) and computer-assisted language learning are assets.

The successful candidate will show aptitude for working in team situations, an interest in innovative inter-disciplinary teaching, willingness to assist in department business, be committed to academic leadership and engage in professional development opportunities.  In addition to mentoring students and to fostering a vibrant environment within both our French program and our broader community, the successful candidate will also be expected to maintain a program of scholarly activity or research, preferably one which involves students, or is community-linked.

Candidates should submit electronically a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample course plan, a short description of research interests and selected publications, and three letters of reference.

Applications, citing Posting 2015.134 should be sent to

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554     Fax: (604) 854-1538     Website: www.ufv.ca
Email resumes to: hrinfo@ufv.ca

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2016; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview.  We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Please speak with your Supervisor if you are interested in this.

SHHRC has recently launched its fourth annual Storytellers contest, challenging postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives, our world and our future prosperity.

The contest is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate, enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. Their task is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project—their own or a professor’s—taking place at their institution. We will select 25 finalists to receive a $3000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications. For details on this year’s Storytellers contest, please follow us on Twitter, watch the #SSHRCStorytellers hashtag, and visit the SSHRC website.


November 27, 2015
SSC 5220
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Phillip Gurski – CEO, Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting

“Radicalization to violence:  what do we know and why do we care”

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting (borealisthreatandrisk.com).

He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS from 2001‐2013, specializing in Al Qaeda‐inspired violent extremism and radicalization.  From 1983 to 2000 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment, specializing in the Middle East.  He has also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada.

Mr. Gurski has presented on Al Qaeda‐inspired violent extremism and radicalization across Canada and around the world.  He is the author of the soon to be published book “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda‐inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield)

Contact evanhout@uwo.ca if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

Please see the following job postings at the Centre for Employment and Learning, Avon Maitland District School Board

On the web:  http://www.thecentreforemploymentandlearning.ca/content/job-postings

PDF flyer:  AMDSBRecruitmentNov2015AD

The Western Research Forum (WRF) is an interdisciplinary research conference that provides students with the opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers in a variety of disciplines.

Call for proposals:  Western-Research-Forum-CFP-2016

If you have any questions regarding the Western Research Forum, please contact sogs.academiccommittee@gmail.com.

The DSS will celebrate their end-of-term holiday luncheon at the next DSS session on Thursday November 26th, 10:00am – 12:00pm in the Community Room (1139 FEB).

 Dr. Pam Bishop, Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), Associate Professor (Educational Leadership), will present The Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship. This valuable seminar will provide you with information, tips, and insights about your role as the PhD Candidate within the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

Additionally, upper year PhD Candidates will be presenting Transitioning to Term 2: Everything You Need to Know. It is time already to start preparing!

These two timely topics go hand-in-hand and will be extremely helpful to prepare you for the time when course work is done in April!

PLEASE NOTE:  The DSS session for December 17th is cancelled.

Holiday Luncheon! Door prizes! 

RSVP to hcrowe2@uwo by Monday November 23rd.



The Inclusive Education Research Award, funded by Foundation Western, and sponsored by the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, is now open for applications. Up to three awards of $750 each will be granted to graduate students in education.

Applicant Requirements:
The applicant must be a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at Western who is conducting a research project that is part of the thesis/dissertation requirement for the completion of the program.
The applicant’s research proposal must address an issue that is related to the inclusion of students who represent a diversity of backgrounds or learning needs.  Funds will be released upon approval of the thesis/dissertation proposal by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.
Upon being selected to receive this Award, applicants must be prepared to present their research at a future Research Hour or event hosted by the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education.

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Application Form & Guidelines -available here and from:
Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education
c/o Grace Howell,
Room 1113,Faculty of Education,
Western University
London, Ontario, N6G 1G7
Via Email:  ghowell@uwo.ca

More information about the Research Award: Please contact the Centre Director, Dr. Jacqueline Specht, via email: jspecht@uwo.ca