Associate Faculty – Disaster and Emergency Management

School of Humanitarian Studies
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Closing date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 05:30
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Associate faculty
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications for Associate Faculty to teach in the Master of Arts in Disaster & Emergency Management program for the School of Humanitarian Studies. Associate Faculty are not employees; rather, they hold limited-term contracts to teach individual courses in our programs. The ideal candidate for teaching at RRU is someone who has experience as a scholar and a practitioner.

The MA in Disaster & Emergency Management (MADEM) program is a two-year interdisciplinary degree dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing disaster and emergency management professionals. To read more about our MADEM program, please visit our website at:

Due to the demand for this program, we have two cohorts running concurrently. We have a need for instructors in the following courses. Given this online learning and teaching environment, we ask that any new associate faculty who do not have previous online teaching experience take a short online facilitation course, as well as our Moodle orientation course. We provide this training for free for contracted instructors. Courses urgently requiring instructors are listed first.

DEMN503: Facilitation, Coordination and Decision Making in Multi-Stakeholder Environments
Analyzes contextual factors that need to be taken into account by emergency managers when developing hazard mitigation strategies, and preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters. Explores competencies required to effectively engage stakeholders and take into account the diversity of perspectives present in the multi-sector, multi-agency, collaborative environments that characterize disaster and emergency management in the 21st century. Examines characteristics and processes of ethical decision-making.
Blended Delivery: Two courses each 9 weeks in length including a virtual 1- or 2-week virtual residency; February 15 – April 18, 2021, and March 29 – May 30, 2021

DEMN504: Human Dimensions of Disasters

Explore the ethical, social, cultural, psychosocial and behavioral implications of disasters. Examine the influence and interaction of human, event, and contextual characteristics and their contributions to social vulnerability and resilience, decision-making, and leadership.

Blended Delivery: Two courses each 9 weeks in length including a 1- or 2-week virtual residency; March 29 – May 30, 2021

DEMN602: Advanced Professional Practice: Planning for Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty
Examines key strategic drivers projected to influence the 21st century hazard environments and considers the implications for the profession and practice of disaster management. Explores the characteristics of adaptive expertise needed to support proactive engagement of stakeholder communities to address current situations and events, as well as future scenarios. Analyzes decision-making and problem-solving in conditions of uncertainty. Assesses constraints and opportunities associated with leading change in the disaster management field.
Online Delivery: 9 weeks in length; Mar 21 – May 22, 2022


The ideal candidate for teaching at RRU is someone who has experience as a scholar and a practitioner.  Requisite qualifications include:

  • A PhD in emergency management, or a related discipline is preferred
  • Professional experience in disaster and emergency management
  • Expertise that aligns with the focus of one or more of our graduate courses
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level
  • Experience working within an interdisciplinary outcomes-based curriculum
  • Experience teaching in web-based distance education programs and face-to-face environments, or experience with thesis supervision
  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning, Teaching & Research Model, available at:


Application submission information: 

To apply via email:

  1. In your application, please include a one-page cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy, and a rank-ordered list of specific courses that you are qualified to teach in the MA in Disaster & Emergency Management program.
  2. Put ‘DEM AF Teaching’ in the Subject Heading
  3. Submit all documentation:

Please note:  While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions if requested. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration. We welcome you to visit us on-line at for further information.