South Asian Studies Instructor

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

South Asian Studies Instructor – Competition ID: 3151
POSITION TYPE: Non-Regular Type 2 Faculty (100%)
POSITION START: September 1, 2024

KPU proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is the fourth largest university in the province of British Columbia and serves communities in a unique regional environment south of the stɑl̓əw̓/stó:lō/Fraser River in the lands known today as British Columbia. The name ‘Kwantlen’ comes from the Kwantlen First Nation in whose traditional territory the University is located. Chief Joe Gabriel of the Kwantlen First Nation bestowed the name on the institution, resulting in Kwantlen First Nation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University having a long history of partnership. The University's campuses are located on the traditional and ancestral territories of the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), sc̓əwaθən (Tsawwassen), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Peoples. Kwantlen Polytechnic University values current and emergent relationships with Indigenous communities and is embarking on a pathway to addressing systemic change.

A leader in innovative, interdisciplinary education with a teaching-focused mandate, KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve the highest standards of academic performance. Our many programs of study provide applied learning and broad-based university education. 

Within KPU, the Faculty of Arts has over 6000 full-time students and over 400 faculty members from across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entertainment Arts. The Faculty of Arts includes 19 departments and over 20 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Faculty of Arts is also home to the Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies. Many of our programs offer opportunities for experiential education through practicums, co-ops, international field-schools and exchanges, service learning, community engagement, and research collaborations. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, please visit our website at:  


This is a 100% non-regular type 2 faculty position to begin September 1, 2024. Full-time teaching at KPU is eight course sections per year (4-4). This position will include teaching during the Fall (Sep-Dec) and Spring (Jan-Apr) semesters. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach both in-person (on our Richmond and Surrey campuses) and online courses.

The successful applicant will teach lower-level and upper-level courses on South Asia in some of the following areas:

  • Introducing Asia
  • The Religions of India
  • South Asians around the Globe
  • Sikh Culture, Religion and Society
  • Gender in South Asia
  • Indian Society through Film
  • Special topics courses in areas of expertise

This position comes with some expectation of departmental and institutional service.

More information concerning the working conditions for a faculty member are outlined in Article 12 of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) Collective Agreement


Minimum qualification is a PhD or PhD candidate in a relevant area (those who have successfully defended their dissertations are preferred). Preference will be given to applicants with a track record of quality instruction at the post-secondary level, including online courses.


Candidates are asked to submit:

  •  a cover letter that addresses their areas of interest and qualifications
  •  a current curriculum vitae
  •  a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  •  evidence of teaching success (including course evaluations and syllabi from previous courses taught)
  •  a list of three professional references able to comment on their teaching ability and academic accomplishments.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Placement on the salary scale will be dependent on level of education and relevant teaching experience. Advancement up the pay scale is based on FTE and employment status. 

This competition is for a maximum FTE of 100% (Regular or NR2) depending on the availability of work. When possible, priority will be given to the candidate(s) who can maximize the FTE either individually, or collectively, as such please indicate on your application your preferred workload percentage. This competition could also be used to add candidates to our Qualified Faculty List or additional positions, therefore also please indicate on your application if you are interested in being added to this list.  

Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.