Assistant Professor, English

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: F145P
  • Deadline: July 1, 2023 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 tenure-track position in English at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will commence by September 1st, 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter). While all eligible candidates are invited to apply, the committee will prioritize scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour.

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 7000 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.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to providing students with an exceptional first-year English experience and to providing engaging instruction in literary history. The successful candidate will regularly teach courses at the 1000-level, with a standard course loading of 2-3. Special attention will be paid to candidates with insight into the first-year experience of Indigenous, Black, and/or international students. Evidence of innovative forms of pedagogy will also be highly rated. The search committee will rank very highly candidates who focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization.

The successful candidate will participate fully in the collegial life of the university by accepting departmental administrative duties and participating on university-wide committees and governance bodies.

Candidates must have academic expertise in Romantic or Victorian literature, with the ability to teach across genres in both periods. Candidates should have an active research record in Romantic and/or Victorian literature, as demonstrated through conference presentations, academic publications or artistic creations, successful grant applications, and/or evidence of community-engaged research. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to teach in their secondary areas of expertise; we encourage candidates to discuss their secondary areas of interest in their applications.

Candidates should have a relevant PhD. Candidates who are in the later stages of their PhD may be considered with the successful completion of the PhD being a condition of employment.

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 July 1st, 2023.

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, Indigenous peoples, 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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