Sessional Instructors - Department of Biology - Faculty of Science (Winter 2024)

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Department of Biology
Sessional Instructors
Winter 2023

The Department of Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island has openings for Sessional Instructors during the forthcoming Winter 2024 semester. These positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

Please note: the courses offered below will be taught in person, unless otherwise specified as an online course.

BIO 1220 – Human Physiology

(Classes:  MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m.)

This course deals with the functioning of the human body. The physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems is surveyed. 

Although this course includes a weekly 3-hour lab, the sessional instructor will be responsible for teaching the lectures only.

BIO 2230 – Genetics I / BIO 2240 Human Genetics (Cross-listed)

(Classes: MWF 10:30–11:20 a.m.)

The goal of this course is to learn how genetic logic helps us understand biology. We will think about organisms as the result of information passed each generation from parent to offspring. We will apply genetic principles to all biology–from interactions between molecules and cells, to organismal traits, to evolutionary change in populations. We will also explore the many uses of genetic information. We will learn how genetic patterns in the real world can help us conserve species or trace how diseases spread. We will also see how manipulating genetic information can help us reveal gene function and engineer useful traits into organisms. Genetics has a strong emphasis on problem solving, probability, and statistics.

Although this course includes a weekly one-hour tutorial, the sessional instructor will be responsible for teaching the lectures only.


Applicants must hold an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in a field of science/biology related to the respective course content.  Documented experience teaching these courses would be a definite asset.

Preference will be given to the qualified candidates with seniority on the UPEI Sessional Roster, to full-time and term contract Faculty Members of the Academic unit and to those with experience in teaching university level courses.

Salary: As per Sessional Instructor Stipends outlined in the Collective Agreement of the UPEI Faculty Association, Bargaining Unit #1

Application Instructions: 

A cover letter indicating what course(s) you are applying to teach, a Curriculum vitae, and the names of two individuals who can provide letters of reference should be emailed to

Dr. Christian Lacroix, Chair
Department of Biology
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 4P3

For more information, please email or call Dr. Christian Lacroix:
Phone: 902-620-5231

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Closing date for applications is November 10, 2023.