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Sessional Instructor, Principles of Historic Conservation: Course Development, Faculty of Environmental Design

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Job ID: 13631

Updated: September 12, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Environmental Design is currently recruiting for a Sessional Instructor to develop the curriculum materials for Principles of Historic Conservation. The work will be initiated in October 2017 and completed in January 2018. The Sessional Instructor will collaborate with the Built and Landscape Heritage Curriculum Advisory Committee established to oversee the development and delivery of this Certificate.  Curriculum content will explore the links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales, from a single site to a broad landscape complex.  One of the guiding documents will be Canada’s Historic Places Initiative along with the supporting frameworks provided by international, federal, provincial and municipal agencies.  Each of the four courses will be delivered in an intensive block-week format in order to accommodate the needs of working heritage professionals. 

The Sessional Instructor will be responsible to craft the content and flow of the course to ensure the material is current and relevant, innovative in its delivery, and engaging for the learner.  In particular this will mean:

  • Development of course content including: course syllabus, readings, assignments, site visits, digital resources, end assignments and other applicable materials.
  • Identification and confirmation of prospective projects, sites for visits, and guest lecturers.
  • Preparation of lectures and seminar discussions with appropriate support materials.

Course Description

This course will focus on principles and theories pertaining to conservation practices; recognition of architectural periods, styles, and construction methods in context of the evolution of cultural landscapes; the definition of significance and integrity in buildings and districts; strategies by which buildings and their settings have been preserved and used; and methods of reading and interpreting the cultural environment.


Applicants must hold a graduate degree relevant to the subject area of Built and Landscape Heritage Conservation and show demonstrated evidence of strong teaching and educational development abilities.  They must have a minimum of three years of professional experience in the field of Heritage Conservation practice. The successful candidate must possess a clear understanding of how to apply current and emerging Heritage Conservation principles and ideas to deliver effective teaching and learning in this field at a post-baccalaureate level.  Also essential are strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated abilities in managing and delivering similar curriculum development projects.

To Apply

Applicants must submit a letter of application which provides an overview of interest in this position and a brief overview of practice-based and educational/curriculum development experiences, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, selected examples of successfully developed projects and educational programs in heritage conservation; and the contact information for three references.

Please submit applications electronically to Dr. John L. Brown using the below contact information by September 11, 2017.

Dr. John L. Brown
Interim Dean & Professor
Faculty of Environmental Design
University of Calgary
PF 2190, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Sessional positions are offered on a per course basis. Please see The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary (TUCFA) website for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration. 

The application deadline is September 11, 2017.

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 Environmental Design visit Careers in the Faculty of Environmental Design.

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