Assistant Professor, Community Studies


Cape Breton University is one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with 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 3300 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.

CBU delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its academic community. Our faculty bring passion to their teaching and research, and we are known for our smaller class sizes as well as our friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in post-secondary education.



The Department of Community Studies at CBU invites applications for a tenure-track position in Community Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2016, subject to budget approval and with the possibility of the position being converted to limited term.

Community Studies courses encourage interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning where process and content are equally valued. A small group format is central to our 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 Community Studies courses that form the core of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) degree. Sport and Human Kinetics courses are also housed within the Community Studies department, and follow a similar pedagogical model.

Candidates should have an earned doctoral degree, although ABD candidates will be considered. The doctoral degree may be in any discipline. Successful candidates 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. Successful candidates will have an emerging or established research program that is broadly related to community. While the research focus can cover any subject area there is a particular need for expertise in fields such as group development and leadership, youth engagement, counselling, or social services. Candidates should demonstrate a proven commitment to research methodologies that are participatory, collaborative and community engaged. The department equally values work using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong record of service involvement within a university setting, their discipline, and the broader community. Finally, candidates should identify their potential to contribute to, and excel in, all areas of the academy (teaching, research and service) at Cape Breton University, in the broader community and throughout their profession.

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

Application Details

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application quoting the reference number (COM1601), a complete dossier including curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this stage), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of scholarly writing and three current letters of reference (sent directly to CBU) to the Human Resources Department. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. January 29, 2016. Applicants who apply by email (pdf format preferred) will receive a return email confirming receipt.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). CBU is an equal opportunities employer. CBU encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal People, African Canadians or other persons from a visible minority group, persons with disabilities and women. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative should self-identify in their cover letter.

Cape Breton University
Human Resources Dept.
P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2