SL174436-Winter 2021-BIOL*3650*02 Applications in Biology: Communicating Science to the Public

Sessional Lecturer Work Assignment
Sessional Lecturer, Unit 2
Academic Unit: 
Dean's Office - CBS
Semester(s) of Assignment(s): 
Winter 2021
Number of Available Work Assignment(s) / Sections: 
Level of Work Assignment(s): 
Right of First Refusal (RoFR)
Effective Fall 2019, a Sessional Lecturer holds a ROFR should the course be offered as a SL work assignment in one of the following six (6) semesters. A SL who holds a ROFR to this course is required to exercise their right by way of the online hiring system.
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Number of Assignments that Carry the Right of First Refusal: 
Course Details
Course Number: 
Course Name: 
Applications in Biology: Communicating Science to the Public
Course Format: 
Course Description: 
See Course Calendar
Other Course Description or Assignment Information: 
Being an effective communicator is quickly becoming a crucial tool for being a good scientist. Whether sharing results, applying for funding or trying to inspire action, you need to be able to convey your message clearly and concisely. Through this course we'll connect with leading scientists, explorers and conservationists from around the world who are effective communicators. We will also explore new and exciting uses of various media and technology to engage global audiences. Finally, we’ll develop strategies for how to break down your science for consumption by diverse audiences from school children, to the general public and the news media. IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING WINTER 2021 WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND COURSE DELIVERY: Courses posted as ‘In-Class’ may have to pivot to an alternative delivery format (see in the case that requirements placed on the University and its employees by public health bodies, local, provincial, and federal governments necessitate such a mid-semester transition. Requirements for Winter 2021 course delivery include: - Course should be designed and delivered within an inclusive and accessible learning environment consistent with the principles of Universal Instructional Design (see: - Course learning activities and assessments are to be created to easily accommodate a switch to alternative delivery methods. - Submission of a final and deferred exam, if applicable, to Department ahead of the exam period. - Plan to offer final exam, if applicable, in a modified format if there is another disruption of face-to-face classes. Please contact Dr. Brian Husband should you like to discuss the options for the delivery of this course prior to making an application.
Projected Class Enrolment: 
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities: 
Office Hours
Student Consultation
Email Correspondence/Monitoring
Conducting Labs/Seminars
TA Coordination Meetings
Invigilating Exams
Required Qualifications
Masters related to field
B.Ed or M.Ed or equivalent
Prior Teaching Experience: 
Many years of successful teaching related to contents of the course.
Required competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: 
At least 3 years of teaching excellence, at a range of age levels, particularly related to the content of this course. A B.Sc with a teaching degree and significant related experience will be considered. Required competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: The successful applicant should have direct experience with knowledge translation related to science, ready access to a network of scientific communicators and institutions for connecting students to science, and experience with a variety of media and technologies for facilitating communication. The successful applicant will be currently employed in industry utilizing these particular skills and be able to instruct students on how the biological communication skills will be applicable in their careers.
Days Required and Wages
Days and Times Required: 
Period of the Work Agreement (Start Date and End Date): 
January 7, 2021 to May 4, 2021
Wages (per semester, per full-load): 
minimum $7,485.99 (effective 2020/21)
Other Posting Information
Application Deadline (All postings will automatically expire at 11:59 pm on this day): 
Monday, December 7, 2020
Posting Email Contact:
Hiring Contact Information: 
Dr. Brian Husband Sherry Hall

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