Sessional instructors

Qualified, university instructors (PhD in many disciplines, with a predominant focus on Latin America) are invited to discuss teaching opportunities with the program chair ( at any time. We would be happy to discuss interesting new themes that could expand our curriculum.

Current job opportunities

The Latin American Studies program at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) is accepting applications for part-time sessional lecturer positions to teach the following courses:

Winter 2024 Courses, Term 1 & 2:

(September 2024 – April 2025)

Course / Section Title Credits Schedule
LAST 100 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies 3 Term 1: Tue, Thu 2pm-3:30pm


LAST 205 201 Issues of Development in Modern Latin America 3 Term 2: Mon, Wed, Fri 11am-12pm
LAST 301 101 Human and Civil Rights in Latin America 3 Term 1: Mon, Wed, Fri 1pm-2pm
LAST 303 202 Indigenous Latin America 3 Term 2: Tue, Thu 2pm-3:30pm

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Latin American Studies (LAST 100)
An overview of the culture and society of Latin America from ancient to contemporary times and from Argentina to Mexico. students will learn through music, novels, film, and more and reflect on Vancouver’s relationship with the Americas.

Issues of Development in Modern Latin America (LAST 205)
This course seeks to introduce students to Latin America with a focus on development. Drawing from economics, history, anthropology, literature, and political science, this course introduces students to a range of issues such as extractivism, environmental degradation, Indigenous rights, workers, international debt, and the drug trade. This story of development connects Latin America to a broader international system and offers students critical reflections on the emergence of the Global South.

Human and Civil Rights in Latin America (LAST 301)
This course focuses on human rights movements; state violence and impunity; reform of criminal justice systems; rights of indigenous peoples, women, and minorities; international protection of human rights; the UN and inter-American systems.

Indigenous Latin America (LAST 303)
Historical and contemporary cultures, struggles, and experiences of Indigenous peoples in what is now Latin America. Different cultural areas or regions may be selected to illustrate the course’s principal themes.

All courses are designated as “in person” and it must conform to UBC policies (found here).

For questions regarding these courses, please contact Dr. Benjamin Bryce, ben.bryce at

Qualifications & Duties

Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, Literature, History, Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related Social Science field and experience in teaching at the college or university level. An excellent teaching record based on relevant experience in the subject matter or related courses is required.

Duties include teaching, holding regular office hours, marking assignments, invigilating a final exam for 100- and 200-level courses, reporting grades, and attending a consultation meeting with the program chair about the reading load, assignments, and other aspects of the syllabus prior to the first day of classes.

How to apply

Returning Applicants
Those who have taught for the program in the last three years can upload an updated curriculum vitae and a brief course outline.

New Applicants
Applicants should include with their letter of application/cover letter:

    • Curriculum Vitae, which includes a record of experience and a list of postsecondary courses taught (course name and number, credit value, dates, and teaching responsibilities)
    • An extremely brief outline or paragraph statement about this course (maximum 1 page)
    • evidence of teaching effectiveness
    • names and contact emails of two referees (only referees for short-listed applicants will be contacted)

Applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2024. Please submit all application materials online as pdf files and follow the instructions provided on the application webpage:

All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The minimum salary will be $9,559 per 3-credit course.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Posted on May 13, 2024