Sessional Instructors, PENT, B.A./B.Ed Program, Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is seeking qualified sessional instructors to teach the following courses via Zoom for PENT (Program for the Education of Native Teachers) during Spring and Summer session in 2021. For all courses, applicants should hold a minimum of a Master’s degree. For education courses (prefixes 01, 02, 03, 04) applicants should qualify for a Manitoba teaching certificate, have a good understanding of Manitoba school curriculum, and have successful teaching experience.

The course offerings are as follows:


April 5 – 29, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

This course is intended for students who lack the necessary academic skills for university success. Topics covered include: university expectations, library resources, how to analyze information for relevance and accuracy, how to summarize and cite information appropriately, effective academic computing skills, and self-regulation strategies including time management. Regular short assignments will give students the opportunity to improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills throughout the course. This elective is limited to students who have completed less than 30 credit hours. Students are strongly advised to take 99:175 after successful completion of this course.



April 5 – 29, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

The critique of Western research methodologies has been an important part of the decolonization project of Native Studies for some time. The role of imperialism in shaping these methodologies, and their impact on indigenous peoples, has been documented and continues to be studied. In recent years this work has been complemented by the development of indigenous research methodologies. We examine a few of these in this course, discussing their significance and value. We also explore several broader issues, such as the ethics of research involving indigenous peoples and some of the distinctive features of indigenous-centered research. Students will have the opportunity to select and evaluate a research project that makes some attempt to structure itself in a culturally-informed and appropriate manner.



April 5 – 29, 2021 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

This is an introductory methods course designed to develop the skills and strategies used to teach all subjects in the Early and Middle years. It includes the application of writing objectives, questioning strategies, and reaching closure to both lessons and units of instruction. The practical application of instructional methods to classroom situations will be an integral part of the course.



April 5 – 29, 2021 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to reflect on their identity as a beginning teacher. As part of the course, students will examine their own learning experiences and develop a deeper understanding of themselves as learners.


April 5– 29, 2021 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

This course is an introduction to the methods, materials, and rationale for English Language Arts in the Middle Years classroom. It covers the development of literacy, the influence of outside school experiences on language acquisition and development, the role of linguistics, the inter-relationship of the six areas of English Language Arts, organization and development of an effective educational experience for young adolescents and an overview of useful teaching practices and methodology ranging from direct instruction to whole language.



April 5 – 29, 2021 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

“Overpopulation” and “Underdevelopment” are terms in everyday use, but what exactly do they mean and how are these concepts related? This course analyzes the areal patterns of population growth and distribution, and applies the results of this analysis to the question of the problem of development of the contemporary world. Scenarios for the future are examined.



May 3 – 27, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

Provides an introduction to the field of Regional Geography and its concepts. Aims at introducing students to a basic regional framework of the world. Focuses on the major politico-economic realms of the world — their present structure and problems.


38:381 URBAN GEOGRAPHY                             

May 3 – 27, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

Currently, about half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this percentage is steadily increasing. It is, therefore, not surprising that the study of urban settlements, and the effects of urban settlements on non- urban areas, has become one of the major fields in Geography. Urban Geography provides an introduction to the nature, scope, and methods of this field. The course looks at the historical and contemporary processes of urbanization, studies the external relationships of cities, and also deals with the internal structure of cities. Finally, a summary of urban problems will be given and patterns of future urbanization will be suggested.


68.275  THE METIS                                                         

May 3 – 27, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

An analysis of the development of the Métis as a group, their culture and life styles. Emphasis on the historical significance of the Métis in the development of Western Canada though the course will evaluate the national role of Métis people.



 May 3 – 27, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

This course examines the experience of everyday life in Britain, Canada, and the United States, with a focus on the changing relationships of class, gender, and ethnicity. Topics will include migration, the history of the family, the changing world of work, and new forms of leisure and recreation.


62:091 CORE MATHEMATICS                       

May 3 – June 10, 2021 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

This course is intended for students who are conscious of deficiencies in their mathematical training and who wish an opportunity to remedy these before enrolling in other courses in the life, earth and social sciences or elementary education. Topics studied include a review of basic arithmetic, basic algebra, basic geometry, graphs and elementary statistics.



May 31 – June 24, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

A survey of the history of the peoples of the northern half of North America until Canadian Confederation.


42:162 OUR DYNAMIC EARTH         

May 31 – June 24, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

A general course designed to introduce the student with current topics in geology including formation and classification of rocks and minerals, earth structure, the theory of continental drift, causes of volcanoes and earthquakes, mountain building, geology and mineral resources in Manitoba.


68:273 ORAL NARRATIVES                       

May 31 – June 24, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

A survey of the oral tradition of cultural communication. Emphasis will be placed on the role of oral narrative in traditional society, the difference between myth and legend and the function of songs. Trickster cycles and the role of the trickster will be emphasized with particular reference to modern myths and the role of oral narrative in contemporary Native society.



May 31 – June 24, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

This course will assist teachers in integrating aboriginal studies into various subject areas in the school curriculum and in teaching separate courses in aboriginal studies where this is included in the course of studies. Consideration will be given to the place of aboriginal studies for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students.

It will include examination of the importance of relevant and accurate materials for the development of self-concept.  Techniques of developing materials for or adapting existing materials to local communities will be included. History, local histories, aboriginal organization and government will be introduced. Materials will be examined for reading levels, content and suitability for various age groups.



May 31 – June 24, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

An analysis of the various educational programs for aboriginal peoples. Discussions of the effects of various models: missionary schools, boarding schools, government operated schools and band operated schools.


02:355 ART METHODS (EY-MY)                                                     

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

This course will be focused upon hands-on art activities reflecting suitable curricula for Early and Middle Years students. The integration of subjects through visual arts as well as child development through art will be studied. A familiarity with current Manitoba Early and Middle Years art curricula will be gained.


30:145 ENGL CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE                           

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

This survey introduces students to a rich variety of fiction, poetry, and drama in English, with focus on particular nations or cultural themes. Each section of the course is unique and is designed for students to learn the vocabulary of literary studies. The course emphasizes writing skills, with at least three essay assignments, and students will receive help, wherever needed, in planning, developing, and writing effective essays.


68:274 NATIVE LITERATURE                                                       

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

An examination of contemporary Aboriginal North American literature including novels, short stories, poetry and drama, with some attention to structure and style as well as social and political context. Although the specific items selected for study each year will vary, the course will consider the work of a number of contemporary North American Aboriginal writers.


68:392 SEMINAR IN NATIVE WOMEN’S ISSUES                         

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 am)

A study in social issues that particularly affect Native Women in contemporary society. The course will examine such issues as: status of Native women under the Indian Act, child welfare issues, poverty, alcoholism, wife abuse, prostitution, the penal system, employment and educational opportunities, role expectation.



June 28 – July 22, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

We are all curious about lands other than our own and people other than ourselves. Human Geography helps us to understand why Canada is different from other parts of the world, and why Canadians differ from other groups of people. It does this by looking at the evolution and present status of the humanly occupied earth.


68:151 INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE STUDIES I                          

 June 28 – July 22, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

A basic course designed to acquaint the student with the area of Native Studies. Native Studies I covers the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian Government, including Treaties, the Indian Act, Reserve systems, political and constitutional questions, family issues, education, health care, economic development, the justice system and land claims.

68:279 HISTORY OF NATIVE PEOPLES IN CANADA                  

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

A history of Canadian Native peoples from European contact to the present time, examining Native society as it existed in pre-contact times, and as it continued on its own terms through the development of the fur trade, governmental Native policies, the development of the Department of Indian Affairs and the Indian Act, and the resurgence of Native identity and political activity since World War II.



June 28 – July 22, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

This course will examine reading theories, classroom practices and strategies that can be used to prevent reading problems. Also, participants will learn identification and intervention strategies that can be used in the EY-MY classroom.

02:477 SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS (MY)                                    

June 28 – July 22, 2021 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

Social Studies has a mandate to prepare young people for active and responsible citizenship. This course will examine the Social Studies from grades five to eight. Both the content of the curriculum and the anticipated student response to it will be considered. Activities to promote a growth of appreciation for Social Studies will be emphasized.

Start Date:                  as scheduled

Salary:                       $6,205/3 credit hour course

 Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021 and applications will be conserved until all appointments are filled.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of three referees in a single pdf file to:

John Minshull, Director PENT Program


Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit.  All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority.  Evidence of citizenship must be provided.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment.  This starts with the hiring process.  If you require an accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process, please indicate it in your cover letter.  All information received related to an accommodation is kept confidential.  To ensure this employment opportunity is accessible to all interested individuals, this posting is available in an alternate format upon request.

Issued January 4, 2021