Sessional Instructors - Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts (Fall 2019 and Winter 2020)

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Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Sessional Instructors
Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

The First Year Experience program at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for one to two (1-2) Sessional Instructors for the 2019 Fall and 2020 Winter Semesters. These positions are subject to final budgetary approval.


This course is designed to teach and give first year students from all UPEI faculties experience in using the skills they need to be successful inquirers. These include developing a “inquiry-based” mindset, natural and intentional curiosity, effective questioning skills, dealing with “wicked questions”, being your own “devil’s advocate”, dealing with intellectual uncertainty, the role of failure in learning and inquiry, integrating and finding divergence between ideas, the art and science of giving and receiving feedback and seeing the bigger picture/considering the implications of what is learned. Students have regular opportunities to practice these skills in the larger class sessions and in smaller group projects exploring current issues of intrinsic interest to them. This writing-intensive course focuses on students’ temporal development (me now vs me then) using reflective practices throughout the semester. In the end, students should develop a stronger sense of their own capabilities and ownership of their learning as well as an increased desire and ability to learn in a variety of situations.

These sections of the course are scheduled for Tues/Thurs 8:30-9:45am in both semesters and each section will have a maximum of 25 students. (Three hours a week)


Successful applicants will have a minimum Masters degree with an avid interest in actively supporting first year students’ intellectual development and learning competencies in inquiry.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with seniority on the UPEI Sessional Roster in the academic unit.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit a letter of application including a brief discussion of their philosophy of the role of inquiry in higher education, an updated C.V., and the names of three referees to:

Dr. Stacey MacKinnon, UPEI 102 Coordinator

Department of Psychology,

University of Prince Edward Island,

Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is August 16, 2019


UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.