Call for Applications – MPPGA Graduate Director

The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in the Faculty of Arts, at UBC-Vancouver invites applications for the position of Graduate Director for the Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA). The position is expected to be a 1-year appointment, at the rank of Instructor Without Review, with anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. For information about the MPPGA program, please visit the website.

The MPPGA Graduate Director will be expected to teach in the MPPGA, demonstrate educational leadership, and undertake service assignments, with responsibility for coordinating the planning and administration of all aspects of the MPPGA academic program, including the admissions, program evaluation processes.  As part of the normal 18-credit annual teaching load responsibility for Instructors, the MPPGA Graduate Director will teach sections of the GPP 590 course – Global Policy Project, dealing with clients and working with student teams, involving travel abroad.  The MPPGA Graduate Director reports to the Director of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

A doctoral degree is required. We seek applicants with a Ph.D. in a field related to one of the MPPGA streams:  Development and Social Change; Resources, Energy & Sustainability; and Global Governance and Security. The successful candidate will have experience working globally in the policy realm, ideally in developing countries, and will also possess excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, ability to supervise staff, and familiarity with advising students in a professional masters context.

Responsibilities include: ensuring that the MPPGA program, its faculty and students, operate in compliance with Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS), MPPGA, and all other relevant university policies and procedures. The MPPGA Graduate Director is expected to convene and chair the Admissions Committee and the Graduate Scholarship and Awards Committee, and to assist faculty members in sourcing or creating case-studies, to liaise with practitioners and research institutions with whom students can engage during their course work.  The Graduate Director is also expected to serve as a source of advice and informal appeal in the event of problems involving graduate courses, relations with advisors or supervisors, relations between TAs and course instructors, or among graduate students.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of engagement with public policy work, statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent by the same deadline to the email address below.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 12, 2017. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Moura Quayle, Director, MPPGA Program at:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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