Lecturer, French Education and BEd French Pathways Coordinator Okanagan School of Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

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The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM PST, June 26, 2023.

The Okanagan School of Education (OSE) is seeking a Lecturer for French Education in our teacher education program. Educators interested in a multi-faceted role within the Bachelor of Education (BEd) program are invited to apply. Lecturer will be hired on a full-time three-year contract starting July 1, 2023, with possible contract renewal for an additional three-year appointment (to begin July 1, 2026). All duties and responsibilities shall be carried out under the direction of the Director of Undergraduate Programs in consultation with the Director of the Okanagan School of Education and are subject to evaluation by the Director of Undergraduate Programs.

The applicant must be fully bilingual in both French and English. This position will coordinate the French Pathways within the Bachelor of Education at OSE, for teacher candidates/interns who wish to specialize in teaching French (French immersion, core French or intensive French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school), and will be responsible for the development and sustainment of these Pathways. The development of these Pathways would involve professional connections at the local, provincial, and national levels.

The Lecturer for French Education will oversee the BEd French Field Experiences and will be the University’s representative in the school districts, regional communities and at the Ministry relating to French Education/French Immersion. The Lecturer will have teaching responsibilities and will liaise with instructors across the program. A firm commitment to the intents of the BEd program to invest in the formative nature of professional knowledge is required. This position will have oversight responsibilities for facilitating connections among teacher candidates/interns, practicing teachers, faculty, and community partners, purposefully bringing theory and practice together to enlarge and deepen professional knowledge.


  • Teach or co-teach in French seminars related to field experience (e.g. Advisory, professional learning sessions, candidacy presentations);
  • Teach or co-teach in French or English other courses as assigned: Teaching responsibilities for the Department may change over time and will be assigned by the Director of Undergraduate Programs as determined by the needs of the Department. These courses could include and are not limited to Numeracy and Literacy (in French) and course(s) in the Summer Institute in Education (SIE).
  • Assess French projects throughout the

Oversight Responsibilities:

  • French Pathways Development
  • Collaborate with UBC and school districts to develop a French language mentorship program for early career French language teachers to recruit, retain and support French
  • Conduct needs assessments amongst educational stakeholders in the field (sponsor teachers, principals, directors of instruction) to support French strand retention, delivery and recruitment.
  • Apply to and oversee the administration of Ministry Funding for French strand within the Okanagan School of Education.
  • Seek and apply to different sources of funding to support the French Pathways and its
  • Prepare statistics for reporting to inform marketing, recruitment and budget decisions (Monitor French BEd program enrolment and graduation numbers).
  • Prepare statistics and summary for the Ministry of Education reports on
  • Develop online, open-source teaching resources in French for French language teachers with pedagogically appropriate materials, including the development of resources with Indigenous content and approaches embedding First People’s Principles of Learning, in consultation with Indigenous scholars and educators in the Okanagan School of Education and/or the community.
  • Develop French curricula and other materials as
  • Collaborate with the communication coordinator to develop recruitment and marketing
  • Collaborate with the admission team to facilitate the recruitment of applicants to the BEd French Pathways.
  • Contribute to the initiative Espaces francophones.


  • Facilitate the French component of the co-planning/co-teaching/co-assessment process implemented by the field experience team (field advisors, intern advisors, intern observers, mentors)
  • Consult with curricular block leaders and instructors to assess and monitor the progress of candidates throughout the program.
  • Oversee content of French instruction from year to year, including the BEd and the SIE options
  • Develop and/or revise policies and guidelines for any French-related components of the Bachelor of Education program

Oversee French Pathways field experiences

  • Coordinate the hiring process and orientation for French speaking intern
  • Coordinate with the field advisor team the communication and logistical information required to develop and sustain French field experiences
  • Liaise with candidates/interns, mentor teachers, administrators, other field advisors, intern advisors, and the Director of Undergraduate Programs regarding any concerns with a student’s progress during field experience (ensuring due process for teacher candidates/interns)
  • Observe students on field experiences and provides formative and summative feedback
  • Write final reports for field experiences
  • Receive and evaluate reports about teacher candidate/intern professionalism and competence and facilitate accommodations and/or exit plans for candidates/interns.
  • Seek opportunities for French pre-service teachers to gain Community Field Experience in French milieu either in BC, Canada or internationally.


  • Develop and maintain active connections with the French education community including the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC Vancouver’s campus and Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan Campus.
  • Take a lead role in fostering a collaborative, inclusive, inquiry-oriented professional learning culture with partner schools/school districts.
  • Collaborate with school/district partners to develop professional learning initiatives that support candidates/interns.


  • Collaborate with faculty and staff regarding orientation, induction and graduation activities for teacher candidates/interns
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Undergraduate Programs

A minimum of a Master-level degree in Education is required as well as substantive instructional leadership and/or administration experience in various school settings.

The Field Experience Program takes place within clusters of schools in the follow schools districts: SD 83- North Okanagan/Shuswap, SD 22- Vernon, SD 23- Central Okanagan, SD 67- Okanagan/Skaha, and SD 93- Conseil scolaire francophone.

Specific terms of professional leaves from school districts are the sole responsibility of applicants and will need to be arranged with districts on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply


Please email your application to Kristin Schuppener (kristin.schuppener@ubc.ca)

Documents must be submitted in electronic format as email attachments. Acceptable formats include Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

Complete applications will consistent of:

  • an up to date curriculum vitae (detailing post-secondary teaching experience)
  • cover letter,
  • three referees with complete contact information .

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM PST, June 26, 2023.

You are expected to observe, at all times, the highest professional standards. In support of this, you are expected to become familiar with the UBC Respectful Environment Statement for Students, Faculty and Staff. The statement reflects our core values of mutual respect and equity, and promotes a safe, caring, and respectful campus community. UBC holds all staff, faculty and students accountable for carrying out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with this Statement.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability,political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.