Post Doctoral Fellowship, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Position Description


The Postdoctoral Scholar will contribute to the University of Calgary’s engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The Taylor Institute advances the work of better understanding and improving student learning and the teaching approaches and practices that facilitate that learning. A signature strategy in this work is promoting the study, practice, and application of the scholarship of teaching and learning. This SoTL Postdoctoral Scholar position represents a significant step in the development of the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning.


The SoTL Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of the Taylor Institute’s SoTL programs and priorities; promoting and supporting SoTL communities of practice on campus; evaluating the impact of SoTL; teaching the Taylor Institute’s SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students; supporting SoTL researchers with their lit reviews, ethics applications, and grant applications; and authoring and co-authoring various forms of SoTL research dissemination and knowledge mobilization.  Assets for a competitive application would include familiarity with the literature on postsecondary student learning, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and the specific ethical considerations and processes appropriate for studying postsecondary learning in situ.


The remuneration is a stipend of $48,000/year, plus an extended health benefit plan and $2,000 for SoTL-related travel. Postdoctoral scholars have access to services of the Staff Wellness Centre and the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through the University of Calgary.


  • PhD or doctorate degree in any discipline, awarded within the five years immediately preceding the appointment;
  • Experience teaching in a postsecondary institution;
  • Familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning, educational development, and evidence-based teaching approaches and practices;
  • Experience writing literature reviews and ethics applications;
  • Openness to a range of disciplinary approaches to scholarship and inquiry, and ability to work in interdisciplinary contexts;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong organizational, project management, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively.

Application Details


Applications should be emailed as a single PDF to Nancy Chick (Academic Director of the Taylor Institute, and CC’d to her Office Manager, Andrea Derksen (  A complete application consists of a cover letter outlining experiences and interests in SoTL, a current CV, a sample of academic writing (preferably related to this position), a teaching dossier of no more than 10 pages (including a teaching philosophy), and contact information of three referees.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only complete applications will be considered and only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful applicant will commence the postdoctoral position on July 1, 2017 or soon thereafter.  An earlier start date is negotiable.

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