Assistant Professor, Community Studies


CBU invites applications for a tenure-track position in Community Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 2019.

One of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities, CBU recognizes its location on Cape Breton Island as part of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 4000 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.

Community Studies (COMS) at CBU encourage interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning where process and content are equally valued. A small group format is central to the COMS pedagogy, bringing theoretical foundations and practical applications together to build skills in problem solving and working for positive social change. Our goal is to help students develop proficiency as motivated, creative community members with an understanding of the applicability of their experiences in the larger world. This pedagogy is foundational to the teaching and learning in all COMS courses, which form the core of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) degree. COMS is housed in the Department of Experiential Studies in Community and Sport. The ability to teach into the Sport Management stream of the Sport and Physical Activity Leadership (SPAL) program or into Education (particularly Indigenous or Sustainability Education) will be considered an asset by the search committee.

The successful candidate should have an earned doctoral degree, although ABD candidates will be considered. The doctoral degree may be in any discipline; however, expertise related to community-based research and experiential learning is preferred.

The successful candidate will have a record demonstrating university and/or other teaching experience using a process education model where the professor functions as a facilitator and co-learner rather than a lecturer. The teaching assignment may include on-campus and online courses, and courses that take place in Aboriginal communities. The successful candidate will have an established research program and should be willing to develop extensive service involvement within a university setting, their discipline, and the broader community.

CBU teaches programs on campus, off campus in locations across and outside of Canada, and on-line. The university and its partners will therefore provide opportunities for faculty members to teach in different modes in different locations as part of their regular workload. While these opportunities may not be available equally for all faculty positions in all programs, a clear willingness to teach in different modes and locations will be noted as part of your application.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential and commitment with regard to teaching, research/creative/scholarly activities and service to Cape Breton University, community and profession.

The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application quoting the reference number (CSA1901), a complete dossier including curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and three current letters of reference (sent directly to CBU) to the Human Resources Department. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. February 22, 2019. Applicants who apply by email (pdf format preferred) will receive a return email confirming receipt.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity 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, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2