Sessional Lecturers are members of the Faculty Association and may be full-time or part-time. They are appointed to teach credit course(s), or to perform related duties such as course coordination or laboratory supervision, for a period of less than twelve (12) months. These appointments are governed by Part 7 of the Collective Agreement.
The full number of credits taught equalling full-time is different per Faculty and is broken down as follows:
- 6 credits F/T per term (Architecture, Law)
- 9 credits F/T per term (Arts, Science, Writing Centre, Medicine, Health Sciences, Barber School, Creative & Critical Studies, Health & Social Dev)
- 12 credits F/T per term (Land and Food, Sauder, Forestry, Management)
- 15 credits F/T per term (Applied Science, Education)
Minimum salary scales are in effect for all Sessional Lecturer appointments, per Article 4 of Part 2 of the Collective Agreement:
Credits per term for full-time effective July 1, 2019
Credits per term for full-time effective July 1, 2020
Credits per term for full-time effective July 1, 2021
Advertising & Appointment Process
Positions must be advertised in accordance with UBC’s advertising policy and the Collective Agreement. Sessional appointments must be entered in the ISI (Integrated Sessional Information) System to record & track the number of credits taught, and then subsequently in Workday. Contact Christine Pickering for ISI access. For other Sessional-related questions please refer to our contact list. Please note that a current CV and a copy of the signed offer letter must also be submitted for new appointments.
If the appointee is a not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, please review the requirements for Foreign Academic Recruitment. Please note that normally the only non-Canadians that can be appointed as part-time Sessional Lecturers are American, Mexican and Chilean citizens. Additionally a foreign graduate student whose valid study permit allows them to work at UBC and has been offered an appointment in accordance with UBC Policy AP7 (formerly Policy 75) may also hold a Sessional Lecturer appointment.
Benefits for Sessional Lecturers
Sessional Lecturers (part-time) who hold appointments of at least 50% and for at least 4 months are eligible for pension and benefits. Sessional Lecturers (part-time) who hold appointments of less than 50% are eligible for a modified benefits package with no pension. The only exception is when a Sessional Lecturer falls under the recall provisions of by Article 4, Part 7 of the Collective Agreement. Information about benefits eligibility is available on the HR Benefits including information on benefits maintenance between appointments for Sessional Lecturers.