Associate Faculty, MA in Higher Education Administration and Leadership

School of Education and Technology, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
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Closing date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Associate faculty
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Job description: 

positions to teach in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (MAHEAL) program for the School of Education and Technology. As independent contractors, Associate Faculty members are not RRU employees. Rather, they hold short-term contracts to teach individual courses in our programs.

The MAHEAL program is a two-year degree dedicated to educating leaders within higher education  across Canada and around the world. The program is delivered through a cohort-based, collaborative learning model supported by current learning technologies.  Students are required to actively contribute to the learning of their peers, and there are team-based assessed activities in most courses. The program is offered in a two-year blended format that includes one two-week residency (July each year), online study and a final three-day residency (June each year).  All courses are 3-credit offerings, with the exception of the Research Paper (6 credits) and the Thesis (12 credits). The program admits approximately 35 students annually.

To read more about the program, please visit our website at:

The MAHEAL program runs once per year. Each program includes:

  • Three blended residency courses (HEAL 501, HEAL 510, HEAL 610); and 
  • 10 online courses (HEAL 550, HEAL 520, HEAL 530, HEAL 540, HEAL 525, HEAL 535, HEAL 545, HEAL 560, HEAL 570, and LRNT 506).

The calendar descriptions for these courses are available online here:


Expectations for new Associate Faculty

Please note that priority in teaching assignments is given to associate faculty who have previous experience teaching a course. However, we are currently seeking to expand our pool of instructors available to teach in MAHEAL.

All contracted associate faculty are required to complete the self-directed Tri-Council Ethics Tutorial (TCPS 2: CORE TUORIAL: and submit their Certificate of Completion prior to their first contract with the School. All new RRU associate faculty  are expected to familiarize themselves with the resources available on the New Faculty Orientation site (, as well as engage in the professional development opportunities regularly offered through RRU’s Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET), including such courses as “Facilitating Learning Online”, “Moodle Skills Workshop,” “Instructional Skills Workshop,” and “Blackboard Collaborate Moderator Training.” More information is available at the following link:

For online courses, associate faculty will ideally possess:

  • A minimum of a doctoral degree, ideally in Higher Education or a related field;
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in online environments, in the field of higher education or a related discipline;
  • Professional/applied leadership experience and expertise that aligns with the focus of one or more of our graduate courses;
  • Experience in and understanding of higher educational leadership and/or administration ; 
  • Experience in designing and delivering online courses;
  • Experience in facilitating and evaluating learning outcomes-based activities;
  • Ability to work within a transdisciplinary, learning outcomes-based curriculum;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member with a variety of teams and stakeholder groups;
  • Commitment to student-centred, learning-oriented teaching;
  • Flexibility and adaptability, particularly in the face of ongoing program and curricular changes;
  • Experience and knowledge with multiple versions of Microsoft Word; 
  • Familiarity with the current version of APA and has access to APA manual. Knowledge of how to access the RRU Writing Centre ( for support;
  • Is able to use Skype or an equivalent platform (preferably with video) for regular student meetings, in addition to (or instead of) making telephone call meetings; and,
  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at:

In addition to the above criteria, residency instructors will ideally possess:

  • Experience in the integration and use of experiential, adult learning principles in curriculum design, delivery, and assessment; and, 
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in face-to-face environments, in the field of higher education or a related discipline.
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 MAHEAL program.
  2. Put “MAHEAL Teaching” in the Subject Heading.
  3. Submit all documentation to:

Please note:  Although 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 additional information.