Sessional Instructor of Department of English
University of Calgary, School of Education

Position Description

The Department of English is currently seeking applications for the following sessional instructor positions for the Fall/Winter 2019-20 sessions:  

ENGL 251 (Literature and Society). An examination of the relationship of literature to the world around us, with instruction in close reading and critical writing.  Considers how literature as a cultural practice responds to and reflects its social context.  Includes the study of at least one text by an Indigenous author.  (There will be several sections of this course offered in both Fall and Winter 2019-20).

ENGL 253.02 (Studies in Genre - Poetry).  A study of the conventions of a genre, with emphasis on close reading and critical writing skills. Includes the study of at least one text by an Indigenous author. (May be taught in Fall and/or Winter 2019-20).

ENGL 322 (Comics).  An examination of the formal, historical, and social aspects of comics (comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels). Topics to be examined include the historical development of the comic form; formal analysis of the properties of comics; and the significance of comics in the contemporary media landscape.  (Fall 2019 only).  

ENGL 372 (Canadian Literature).  A broad historical survey of Canadian writing from its origins to the present. An introduction to major writers and creative voices in Canada, as well as to significant critical and cultural ideas that have developed about this nation's literature.  (Fall 2019 only).

ENGL 395 (Speculative Fiction II:  Fantasy).  A survey of the genre of fantasy literature. May include works from a range of historical and national contexts.  (Winter 2020 only).

ENGL 396 (Literature for Young People).  A historical survey of children¿s and young adult literature from its origins to the present day. (This course is being offered as a large section with a cap of 150 students).  (Winter 2020 only).

ENGL 436.01 (Creative Writing Workshop - Poetry: Short Forms).  A close examination and discussion of the student¿s own work, with emphasis on technique, in order to develop a portfolio. (Winter 2020 only).

ENGL 441 (British Romanticism).  A study of selected British literary works from the period roughly between the 1780s and 1830s. Includes such authors as Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Shelley. (Fall 2019 only).

ENGL 471 (Canadian Literature from its Origins to 1950).  A survey of Canadian literature from its beginnings to the middle of the twentieth century.   (Fall 2019 only). 

Please indicate in your letter which of these you would be prepared to teach.


Please note that the Fall 2019 session runs from August 26 to December 24, 2019.  The Winter 2020 session runs from January 6 to April 30, 2020.  

The minimum qualification for all courses is a completed PhD or nearly completed PhD in a relevant subject area, or equivalent education and teaching experience. All applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae (including a complete list of previous courses taught in the Department of English if applicable) and evidence of teaching effectiveness, including one complete, original set of faculty-approved questionnaires (with envelope) if the applicant has teaching experience at the University of Calgary. Applicants who have not already taught at the University of Calgary must arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the address below. If you are applying for ENGL 251, please provide a topic title, brief (one paragraph) description and proposed book list.  All qualified applicants will be considered. 

NOTE: These courses are tentative, pending funding and sufficient enrollments.

For course descriptions, please refer to the University Calendar at:

Application Deadline is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Application packages should be sent directly to:

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins, Head
Department of English
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4

or by email to Barb Howe,


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. 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 about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. 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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