SL241860-Winter 2023-BOT*1200 Plants and Human Use

Sessional Lecturer Work Assignment
Sessional Lecturer, Unit 2
Academic Unit: 
Plant Agriculture
Semester(s) of Assignment(s): 
Winter 2023
Number of Available Work Assignment(s) / Sections: 
Level of Work Assignment(s): 
Right of First Refusal (RoFR)
A Sessional Lecturer holds a RoFR (i.e., for a particular course) if they have successfully taught the course in the past 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. Also see: What is Right of First Refusal (RoFR)?
A Sessional Lecturer Currently Holds a Right of First Refusal for this Course: 
Course Details
Course Number: 
Course Name: 
Plants and Human Use
Course Format: 
Course Description: 
See Course Calendar
Other Course Description or Assignment Information: 
Makes use of recommended textbook "Plants and Society" (Estelle Levetin and Karen McMahon - ISBN 9781260085112). Lecture topics may include starchy staple crops, medicinal plants, psychoactive plants and their products, herbs, spices, stimulating beverages, plant fibers, natural rubber, wood and wood products. NOTE: Should conditions change and requirements are placed on the University and its employees by public health bodies, local, provincial and federal governments, courses posted as "In-Class" may have to switch to an alternate delivery format. By applying to this work assignment, you are agreeing to fulfill the duties in the mode of delivery posted and switch as required. The University's COVID-19 website provides important information about campus protocols and guidelines for those working on campus. The University of Guelph has vaccination and masking policies that may be altered with limited notice depending on COVID-19 circumstances and advice from government, public health authorities, and prevailing science. Currently, the vaccination policy is paused and masking will be paused as of July 1, 2022 ( With the evolving nature of the pandemic, public health measures may resume with little advance notice to address the health risks. Should this occur, vaccinations will be required. The U of G’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy can be found here ( More COVID-related information can be found here (
Projected Class Enrolment: 
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities: 
Office Hours
Student Consultation
Email Correspondence/Monitoring
Invigilating Exams
Other Duties (specified below)
Other Duties Described: 
Manage course material and communications via CourseLink and emails as required. Maintain office hours (either in person or remotely) as need be. Incumbent must be available for deferred exams/marking/grading as needed beyond the appointment end date. In that case, the Sessional will be compensated in accordance with the Schedule "B" rate.
Required Qualifications
Masters related to field
Prior Teaching Experience: 
Successful teaching related to field at college or university level
Required competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: 
Knowledge in botanical concepts including taxonomy and plant anatomy is required. Must possess strong verbal and written skills and be highly organized.
Preferred Qualifications
PhD related to field
Prior Teaching Experience: 
Many years of successful teaching related to contents of the course.
Specific Preferred competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: 
An awareness of the historical use of plants by humans would be beneficial.
Days Required and Wages
Days and Times Required: 
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Period of the Work Agreement (Start Date and End Date): 
January 5, 2023 to May 2, 2023
Wages (per semester, per full-load): 
as per contract
Other Posting Information
Application Deadline (All postings will automatically expire at 11:59 pm on this day): 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Posting Email Contact:
Hiring Contact Information: 
Dr. H.J. Earl, Chair, Department of Plant Agriculture (via

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