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Developing Science Globally

Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Cape Breton University (CBU) is located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia’s tourism centrepiece and home to rich Celtic, Mi’kmaq, and Acadian culture. CBU has a reputation for small class sizes, strong community involvement, and strong internal support for faculty research.

The Department of Community Studies at CBU invites applications for a tenure-track position in Community Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 2014, subject to budget approval.

Community Studies courses encourage interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning where process and content are equally 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 social change. Our goal is to help students develop proficiency as motivated, creative community members with an understanding of the applicability of their experiences in the larger world. This pedagogy is foundational to the teaching and learning in Community Studies courses that form the core of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program.


The successful candidate should have a PhD although ABD candidates will be considered. The PhD may be in any discipline; however, the School’s Academic Plan identifies areas for future growth that include: Heritage Studies, Social Justice, and Sport & Human Kinetics. Expertise in any of these areas would be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will have a record demonstrating university teaching experience using a process education model where the professor functions as an advisor and co-learner rather than a lecturer. The teaching load may include both on campus and online courses. The successful candidate will have an established research program. Research should focus on issues related to community development, community based research, or other related topics. In addition, there must be a strong commitment to service as demonstrated through a record of community involvement within the university, the discipline and the broader community.

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.


Cape Breton University
Country: Canada

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Qualified candidates should send a letter of application quoting the reference number (CMS1401), a complete dossier including curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this stage), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of scholarly writing and three current letters of reference (sent directly to CBU) to the Human Resources Department. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. 11 March 2014. Email applicants (pdf format preferred) will receive a return email confirming receipt.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). CBU is an equal opportunities employer. CBU encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal People, African Canadians or other persons from a visible minority group, persons with disabilities and women. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative should self-identify in their cover letter.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2



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