Laboratory Instructor, Communication


CBU invites applications for a full-time continuing position in Communication & Languages to commence August 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, indigenous learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 5000 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 Dr. Mary A. Lynch Communication Lab is an experiential learning environment that focuses on the Communication Department’s philosophy to develop students cognitively, effectively, and behaviorally. The successful candidate will be responsible for laboratory preparation and instruction for the following courses: Interpersonal Communication, Public Communication, and Issues in Media Studies. The Lab Instructor will facilitate experiential learning labs, conduct ongoing assessment of students’ performance, engage in research to update and revise lesson plans including experiential learning activities, assist the Lab Coordinator carrying out the day-to-day administrative duties associated with the Communication Lab, create end of term lab reports to be submitted to the Lab Coordinator, maintain lab equipment, and other duties as a member of the Department Communication & Languages and the School of Arts & Social Sciences (SASS).

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 should have a minimum of a BA/BACS with a Major in Communication; however, a Masters degree is preferred. Applicants must have at least three years experience facilitating experiential learning labs and additional related experience would be an asset. Candidates with experience working with technology, administrative experience, demonstrated research abilities, creativity, organizational abilities, and leadership skills will be ranked highly. Knowledge of multimedia-based teaching strategies and experience with web design and social media is considered an asset. Reporting to the Communication Lab Coordinator and Department Chair, the successful candidate will work closely with the Coordinator, other department members, the Communication Lab Peer Facilitators, and all lab students. Therefore, collegiality and teamwork are essential requirements.

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 (LC1905), a complete dossier including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, 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. 6 July 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