Assistant Professor or Lecturer, English (Limited Term)

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: 34
  • Deadline: July 2, 2024 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Literature, Folklore & the Arts in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Cape Breton University invites applications for a full-time limited term position in English at the rank of Assistant Professor (or Lecturer depending on qualifications), with possibility for renewal. This position will commence August 1 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will conclude June 30, 2025.

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 8000 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. The successful candidate will primarily teach Reading and Writing courses at the 1000-level, with a course loading of 3-3, although there is potential to teach an upper-level course depending on enrollment and other staffing considerations. For more information, see ENGL 1104, 1107 and 1109 in our online Calendar. Special attention will be paid to candidates with insight into the first-year experience of Indigenous, Black, and/or international students.

Candidates should possess at minimum a Masters in English or a related discipline (e.g. Writing Studies) with an evident literary focus, although candidates with a PhD in English, or a Masters in English plus lived experience of Indigenous or black communities will be preferred. Candidates who have completed all of the requirements for a relevant PhD but for an unfinished dissertation, may be considered for the rank of Lecturer.

CBU teaches programs on campus, off campus in locations across and outside of Canada, and on-line as needed. 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.

Applications for the successful candidate will include a:

  • cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
  • complete CV including a list of publications
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of research
  • evidence of effective teaching
  • list of least three references.
    • Short listed candidates will be required to submit three reference letters.

Please upload all required documents to Additional Documents if no designated area is listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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


Applications must be received by July 2, 2024.


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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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