Assistant Professor, Experiential Studies in Community & Sport

  • Location: Experiential Studies in Community & Sport
  • Competition Number: ECS1911
  • Deadline: December 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

CBU invites applications for a tenure-track position in the School of Arts & Social Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 2020.

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 6000 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.

Reporting to the Dean, The Department of Experiential Studies in Community and Sport courses facilitates interdisciplinary, collaborative and experiential learning where both process and content are valued. A small group format is central to our pedagogy, bringing theoretical foundations and practical applications together to build skills in problem solving and working for positive community change. Our goal is to help students develop proficiency as motivated, creative community members with an understanding of the application of their experiences in the broader world. This pedagogy is the foundation of courses taught in the Department of Experiential Studies in Community and Sport that form the core of the Bachelor of Art Community Studies Degree (BACS).

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.

Candidates should have a relevant PhD (or be near completion) as well as previous teaching experience in relevant areas. The department welcomes applicants from any relevant field, but has identified outdoor leadership as well as sport and physical activity administration as two areas where academic focus would be preferred. The successful candidate should have an established research program. In addition, they should have a strong commitment to service as demonstrated through a record of community involvement within the academic, disciplinary and broader community.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential and commitment with regards to teaching, research, creative, scholarly activities and service in the Cape Breton University community.

The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application quoting the reference number (ECS1911), 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. 12 December 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