Laboratory Instructor, Communication


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 3200 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 Communities & Connections in the School of Arts & Social Sciences at CBU invites applications for a full-time position in Communication at the rank of Laboratory Instructor to commence August 2016.


The Dr. Mary A. Lynch Communication Lab is an experiential learning environment that focuses on the Communication Department’s philosophy to develop students cognitively, affectively, 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 in 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 of Communities & Connections in the School of Arts & Social Sciences.

Applicants should have a minimum of a BA/BACS with a Major in Communication although preference will be given to candidates with a MA degree in Communication. 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 (COM1606), a complete dossier including curriculum vitae, 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. July 4, 2016. 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. CBU is open to part time and job share applications.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2