Assistant Professor, English (term)

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: F085P
  • Deadline: April 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Literature, Folklore, and the Arts in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at CBU invites applications for a position in English at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a 2-year limited term position (with possibility of extension) commencing July 2022.

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 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. Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world. Our faculty bring passion to their teaching and research and we are known for our friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in post-secondary education.

Excellent teaching is a priority at CBU and candidates must have previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Teaching duties will include first-year English and English writing courses. Standard course loading for this position is 3-3.

The successful candidate will have research expertise and demonstrated teaching ability in an area that complements the Department’s existing strengths, but special attention will be paid to candidates with expertise in Black Atlantic or North American Indigenous literatures, and/or Film or Digital Media.

Candidates should possess a PhD in English or a PhD in a related discipline (e.g. Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Film and Media Studies) with an evident literary focus and preferably at least one degree in English. Exceptional candidates who may not possess a PhD, but do hold traditional and living Indigenous knowledge will also be considered. Exceptional candidates with an imminent PhD defence date may also be considered. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the collegial life of the university at the Departmental and School level.

In addition to superlative teaching skills, it is expected the successful candidate will have an active research record, as demonstrated through conference presentations, academic publications or artistic creations, successful grant applications, and/or evidence of community-engaged research. The successful candidate will be eligible to compete for School-level conference support and funding for small research initiatives.

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.

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Applications must be received by April 26, 2022.

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

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