Lab Instructor, Communication

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: 9
  • Deadline: June 9, 2024 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Communication & Language in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Cape Breton University invites applications for a Full-Time Continuing position in Communication at the rank of Lab Instructor. This position will commence August 1 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

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 be responsible for laboratory preparation and instruction for the following courses: Interpersonal Communication, Public Communication, and Issues in Media Studies. The Communication Lab Instructor will facilitate experiential learning labs, conduct ongoing assessment of students’ performance (cognitively, affectively, and behaviourally), supervise Communication Lab Peer Facilitators, engage in research to update lesson plans, maintain lab materials and equipment, and assist the Communication Lab Coordinator with day-to-day administrative duties.

In addition to working in the Dr. Mary A. Lynch Communication Lab, the Lab Instructor will work on the development and coordination of a Communication Centre, providing expertise and assistance to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Opportunities for classroom instruction may be available depending on demand and the successful applicant’s qualifications.

Applicants must have a minimum of a BA with a Major in Communication although preference will be given to candidates with a MA degree in Communication, however, related fields may be considered. Applicants must have experience facilitating experiential learning labs and understanding of experiential pedagogy. Additional related experience is considered 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 online teaching and learning platforms is considered an asset. Reporting to the Chair, the successful candidate will work closely with the Communication Lab Coordinator, Senior Lab Instructors, Department Members, the Communication Lab Peer Facilitators, and all Communication Lab students. Therefore, collegiality and teamwork are essential skills.

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 activities and service to Cape Breton University, community and profession.

Applications for the successful candidate will include:

  • a cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
  • a complete CV
  • a copy of academic transcripts
  • A 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.


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Applications must be received by June 9 2024.


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 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.

1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1M 1A2