Lab Instructor, Communication

  • Location: Communication & Languages
  • Competition Number: F008P
  • Deadline: August 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm

CBU invites applications for a full-time limited term position in the department of Communication & Languages at the rank of Laboratory Instructor to commence September 2020 and end April 2021.

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 5500 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.

The Dr. Mary A. Lynch Communication Lab is an experiential learning environment that focuses on the Communication Department’s philosophy to develop students cognitively, effectively, and and behaviourally.

Reporting to the Dean, the successful candidate will be responsible for laboratory preparation and online/in-person instruction for the following courses: Interpersonal Communication, Public Communication, and Issues in Media Studies. The Lab Instructor will facilitate experiential learning labs, conduct ongoing assessment of students’ performance, engage in research to update and revise lesson plans, and assist the Lab Coordinator in the day-to-day administrative duties of the Communication Lab.

Reporting to the Chair, the successful candidate will work closely with the Communication Lab Coordinator, other department members, the Communication Lab Peer Facilitators, and all lab students. Assistance in the supervision of Communication Lab Peer Facilitators is also part of this role.

As the courses for the Fall Semester of the 2020-2021 Academic year will be delivered online, faculty members will be provided the opportunity to teach using appropriate and varied teaching methods from various locations [off campus and/or on campus] 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 under these conditions will be considered an asset.

Applicants should have, as a minimum requirement:

  • a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication (A Master of Arts degree in Communication is considered an asset);
  • two years of experience facilitating experiential learning lab in a post-secondary environment;
  • knowledge of multimedia-based teaching and learning strategies and experience with design and social media;
  • collegiality, collaboration, and teamwork skills.

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

Qualified candidates are required to apply online at to provide the following:

  • a letter of application quoting the reference number (F008P),
  • a resume and;
  • three current letters of reference. Forthcoming letters of reference can be sent directly to the Human Resources Department via email to

Applications must be received by 11:59PM, 26 August 2020.

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.

1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1M 1A2