Sessional - Faculty

Thompson Rivers University


January 25, 2022


Application Restrictions

Open to both Internal and external

Job Type

Faculty (Sessional)

Posting In effect from


Closing Application Date


Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.

Instructional Type

Academic/Career(max 24 credits)

Anticipated Start Date


Position End Date (If Applicable)



The School of Social Work and Human Service (Faculty of Education and Social Work) at Thompson Rivers University invites applications for a sessional lecturer to teach the following course in the Winter 2022 semester: SOCW 3590 – Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations .

This course builds on established interview skills and practice with individuals. Students consider prior learning and develop awareness, skills, and goals for working with diverse social and cultural groups including Indigenous, Black, Asian, and francophone peoples within British Columbia. Students reflect on their own social locations and biases, adopting a stance of ongoing learning and reflexivity to oppression and privilege and work towards social justice. Communication with Indigenous people is a core emphasis in this course. Students develop a culturally sensitive approach in problem-solving situations while working with individuals. Theories of intervention are introduced, practiced, and critiqued by students. Students identify opportunities for ongoing learning.

ABOUT THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T'exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. Our region also extends into the territories of the Stat'imc, Nlaka'pamux, Nuxalk, Tsilh'qotin, Dakelh, and Métis peoples. For close to 50 years Thompson Rivers University has taken pride in providing an excellent education to students with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are at various stages of their learning journey. TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centered, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers students choice from over 140 on-campus programs and 50 Open Learning programs. More than 28,500 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, creation and innovation thrive in TRU's open, flexible learning environment. TRU gained Platinum and the highest over-all sustainability score in the prestigious and globally recognized AASHE STARS report.

TRU is the 4th largest university in British Columbia, is a member of the Research Universities Council of British Columbia, and has its main campus situated in beautiful Kamloops, BC. The Kamloops campus is a midsize, modern, comprehensive and stunning campus. Kamloops is a vibrant city of 90,000 located within just three hours' driving distance from Vancouver or 45 minutes by air. Kamloops offers wonderful beauty, weather, amenities, culture, friendliness, and affordability.

To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit our Web Site: Living in Kamloops and working at the TRU.


The School of Social Work and Human Service offers a wide range of academic programs on two campuses and through Open Learning. Programs include: Bachelor of Social Work Degree, the Human Service Diploma, Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate (offered at both the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses), the Social Service Worker Certificate (offered through Open Learning), and the Human Service Diploma (offered through Open Learning). The School also has plans to offer a Master of Social Work degree.

The Bachelor of Social Work program builds on over 25 years of offering professional social work education in Canada. The program prepares sought- after, competent practitioners to provide service and leadership within regional, national, and global contexts to achieve social justice, respect for diversity, and social change. Our graduates work in collaborative and anti- oppressive ways across a full range of service and professional positions to promote positive and progressive to social change.

The program is committed to learner-centred education that identifies and eradicates barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. Indigenous perspectives are integrated throughout the curriculum and within two required First Nations and Decolonizing practice courses. We are committed as a Social Work program to redress the legacy of residential schools and to advance the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.


• Master's degree in Social Work required; PhD or earned doctorate in a relevant discipline preferred. Bachelor's degree in Social Work required, a Master's degree required (in Social Work preferred); PhD or earned doctorate in a relevant discipline may be considered.

• Successful teaching experience in post-secondary institutions preferred • A minimum of five years of related practice experience, and educational specialization for content specific courses • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills • Demonstrated experience in integrating Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods (TRC CA 62) • Proven skills in building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect (TRC CA 63) • Teaching excellence, including developing culturally appropriate curricula (TRC CA 10)

Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview

Pay Band

According to TRUFA Salary Schedule


Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

# of Hires Needed


Organizational Unit

Thompson Rivers University -> Faculty of Education and Social Work -> Social Work and Human Services

Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Career website.

About the employer

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 as a public academic and Research University. Located in Kamloops, BC, Canada is the main campus of the university. Many global leaders and people in business have graduated from TRU. It has...