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The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is seeking a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Polytechnic Learning and Teaching: see

The position details state: The successful candidate will be an excellent emerging researcher who has demonstrated research creativity and innovation, and the potential to achieve international recognition in the Field of Research within the next five to ten years.

This is a really interesting position. BCIT has many innovative initiatives using learning technologies and an ambitious e-learning strategy which it is currently implementing.  Polytechnic teaching is an important niche within post-secondary education which is under-researched. 

However, many polytechnic instructors have no prior training in teaching and learning, and the move to more blended and online learning creates even more challenges. Research into polytechnic teaching and learning is very much a tabula rasa, and as any experienced researcher knows, it is much easier to make progress in the first 10 years of a research area than in the next 100 years. 

If you are a fairly recent doctorate in teaching and learning and are interested in this position, please check the job position and if still interested, submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a brief description of current research program, accomplishments, and future plans, copies of representative publication, and the names of three references to: Teresa Szymborska (

Declaration of interest

I am currently contracted as an advisor to the AVP Education Support and Innovation, BCIT, to assist with the implementation of BCIT’s eLearning Strategy.


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