Sessional Teaching Opportunities

Sessional Teaching Opportunities 2023-2024

The School of Planning invites applications for a sessional lecturer position for the courses listed below. This is an important role that is highly valued by the School.

These positions normally require a minimum qualification of a Master’s degree in Planning or a closely related field. Evidence of prior teaching experience and/or training should be provided. PhD candidates are welcome to apply, and should normally have completed their comprehensive exam, and research proposal degree milestones, to be candidates for these positions.

Typical duties include developing and delivering course content and assessments (including a course syllabus), 3 hours of classroom time per week, weekly office hours, course administration and regular communication with students regarding course content and special circumstances, developing assignments and/or tests, grading of student work, and the preparation and posting of final grades. 

Some courses include TA allocations, depending on studio components and enrollment. If applicable, sessional lecturers are responsible for managing assigned TAs. Usually, these courses are delivered in the classroom at the University of Waterloo main campus. However, this may change depending on circumstances related to the pandemic. The sessional compensation rate per course for 2023-2024 is $8,910 (+4% vacation pay) for the term.  

Applications are accepted only via email, sent to the School’s Director indicating “Sessional lecturer application” and the course code and number (e.g., PLAN 387) in the subject line: Applications need to include a detailed CV or resume, and a short letter outlining teaching qualifications and fit with the proposed course (1 page max.). Offers will be made on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. 

Mandatory safety training includes Employee Safety Orientation (SO1001), Workplace Violence Awareness (SO1081) and WHMIS (SO2017).  

For further information about these courses, please contact Environment School of Planning to obtain the most recent course outline as a general guide.

Fall 2023 Term

PLAN 387 LAB, LEC 0.50
Course ID: 005943
Spatial Databases
This course focuses on design and development of a GIS database. It addresses theoretical issues regarding data models used in GIS and data modeling techniques used in designing spatial databases. It considers the processing required to input data from a variety of sources and clean and edit a multi-theme database and introduces students to creation and use of internet map services.

Prereq: GEOG/PLAN 255 or GEOG/PLAN 281
(Cross-listed with GEOG 387)


Winter 2024 Term

Planning (PLAN) 706  SEM(0.50)
Course ID: 015261
Contemporary Issues in Planning (online delivery)
The nature and implications of key forces of change, trends and current issues are identified in the context of urban and regional planning practice. Case studies, drawn from Canadian and international experiences and challenges, will frame the exploration of evolving, contemporary issues.