Day: January 27, 2015

The HTML500 Bootcamp Teaches Free Coding To Promote Digital Literacy

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The HTML500 Bootcamp Teaches Free Coding To Promote Digital Literacy

Posted: 01/25/2015 2:00 pm EST  Updated: 01/26/2015 1:59 pm EST 

VANCOUVER – Squamish Nation member Khelsilem is fluent in his native tongue and passionately spearheading a project to revitalize indigenous languages. But he wants to turbocharge his linguistic proficiency by learning an entirely new and universal language — computer coding.

The 25-year-old from North Vancouver plans to preserve and share the Squamish and Downriver Halkomelem languages by acquiring coding skills, which he’ll use to construct a website that gives his community’s lingual traditions worldwide reach.

“Geography is the biggest challenge we have as indigenous people when it comes to revitalizing languages, there’s so many languages in Canada and it becomes really hard to co-ordinate,” he said.

“Technology becomes a really big way for our people to come together in ways that we couldn’t otherwise.”

Khelsilem was among two tables of 20 laptop-laden First Nations people adding their beat to the rhythmic key tappings of 500 British Columbians who gathered over the weekend for a massive computer coding bootcamp… Read More

Job – Instructor I tenure track – Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, University of British Columbia, Due: March 15, 2015

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The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver (, invites applications for a tenure-track Instructor I position in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. PhD research and coursework focused on Critical Race & Ethnic Studies with an area of specialization including (but not limited to) any of the following: bioethics/science studies, masculinity studies, theories of embodiment and body modification, and/or social media & digital storytelling – ideally in combination with a commitment/involvement in decolonizing knowledge projects is required. We welcome applicants with a strong commitment to building academic and non-academic communities,  from a wide range of fields and disciplines. Candidates from a variety of relevant Ph.D. programs in arts, humanities, or social sciences are welcome to apply, including but not limited to: Critical Race Studies and/or Ethnic Studies, Women’s and/or Gender and/or Transgender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Education, Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, English, Biology, Communications, and Media and/or Cultural Studies.

An intersectional Social Justice Studies emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and anti-racist pedagogy, is required. Major criteria in selection will be demonstration of excellence in teaching, an exceptional record of pedagogical innovation, and current and extensive undergraduate teaching in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies as this interdisciplinary work intersects with Critical Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Experience in teaching online and/or the development of Online Learning curriculum is an asset.

The GRSJ Institute ( is currently building capacity in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies and opportunities exist to contribute to the development of graduate and undergraduate curriculum as well as collaborations with Social Justice units and initiatives in the Faculty of Arts specifically, and UBC more broadly.

We seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching expertise and experience make a substantive, creative and interdisciplinary intervention in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies with an area of specialization that intersects in a global context with Trans*, Gender and Sexuality Studies and related community organizations and initiatives.  We seek a dynamic scholar and collaborative colleague with extensive teaching expertise related to Critical Race & Ethnic Studies – ideally in combination with a commitment/involvement in decolonizing knowledge projects that are relevant to the growing diversity of Canadian society and the consequences of globalism, neoliberalism and transnationalism.

The successful candidate will exhibit distinction in teaching, community-building and educational leadership. They will be expected to teach a range of undergraduate courses in the Institute, and to contribute interdisciplinary expertise and leadership to ongoing curriculum, program development, and other teaching and learning initiatives. The candidates demonstrated or potential ability to contribute towards the Institutes development and implementation of an Undergraduate Minor/Graduate Specialization in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies will be an important consideration. Experience teaching online or with the development of digital teaching modules will be considered an asset.

The position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As this is a tenure-track position, an Instructor I who in later years is reviewed for tenure and promotion to Senior Instructor will be required to show evidence of excellence in teaching and service, demonstrated educational leadership, distinction in the field of teaching and learning, sustained and innovative contributions to curriculum development, course design and other initiatives that advance the Universitys ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate. It is expected that Senior Instructors will keep abreast of current developments in their respective disciplines and in the field of teaching and learning. A Senior Instructor in the fifth and subsequent years in that rank may be reviewed for promotion to the rank of Professor of Teaching.

Closing Date for applications: March 15, 2015

Anticipated position start date: either July 1, 2015 or January 1, 2016

Please provide electronic application materials for the position in the form of ONE Bookmarked PDF file that includes, in the following order: cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publication/s, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness (course outlines & student evaluations). Email applications to: with YOURLASTNAME_Instructor CRES_Search in the Subject line. Arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent electronically, by the same deadline, to

For information about the position, please contact Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Director & Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice: For information about the GRSJ Institute, please visit:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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