Assistant Professor, Education


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 Education Department at CBU invites applications from highly motivated individuals interested in being a part of a dynamic educational team delivering the B.Ed. program and Teacher Education graduate and post baccalaureate programs. Consistent with the Education Department’s planning and future initiatives, CBU is seeking to fill an assistant professor, tenure track position in Aboriginal Education, subject to budget approval and with the possibility of the position being converted to limited term.

Applicants will have detailed knowledge and expertise in Aboriginal perspectives, balancing Aboriginal-specific and student-centred learning with knowledge of the teaching/learning process, and research on Aboriginal education. The successful applicant will have a strong background and an academic focus on:

  • Aboriginal-specific programming
  • Application of Aboriginal perspectives and world view to theory and practice
  • Knowledge and practical experience with Aboriginal and other curriculum resources
  • Models of aboriginal language learning and immersion

The position will provide the following contributions among others:

  • providing support to the Dean of Professional Studies, the Dean of Unama’ki College & Aboriginal Learning, and the Chair of the Education Department in the planning, design, development, and delivery of the in-community B.Ed. program;
  • assisting in the recruitment of First Nation students, scheduling, organization, and coordination of in-community teaching space and learning resources;
  • playing an integral role within the team to build productive partnerships with First Nation communities throughout the region.

Applicants should have exemplary communication and interpersonal skills. A PhD in Aboriginal Education is preferred. Those currently enrolled in a PhD who hold a Master’s in Education and are willing to complete a PhD are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have work experience in either or both the P-12 or post-secondary education systems. A Bachelor of Education degree is also highly desirable as is the ability to assist in the development of new programs in education targeted at educators in a wide range of professional fields. Fluency in the Mi’kmaq language will be considered a strong asset.

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.

Application Details

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application quoting the reference number (ED1601), a complete dossier including curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this stage), evidence of teaching effectiveness, 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 1, 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