Associate Faculty, MA Leadership & MA Leadership (Health)

School of Leadership Studies
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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 17:00
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Associate faculty
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications from eligible candidates for Associate Faculty contract positions to teach in the Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) / Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) (MAL-H) program for the School of Leadership Studies. As independent contractors, Associate Faculty members are not RRU employees. Rather, they hold short-term contracts to teach individual courses in our programs.

The MAL/MAL-Health program is a two-year transdisciplinary degree dedicated to educating leaders across Canada and around the world. To read more about our programs, please visit our website at: 

This flagship program admits approximately 160 students annually and is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The program continues to engage students in intensive on-campus residencies, online delivery of courses, and action-oriented capstone projects and theses.

This program is focused on theoretical and applied approaches to the understanding and practice of leadership in personal, supervisory, team, and strategic contexts in multiple sectors, i.e., the business, non-profit, and public sectors, including military, education, health, and the arts, among others. It stresses a holistic, transdisciplinary, approach to learning leadership. Ideal Associate Faculty candidates are scholar-practitioners who bring informed professional practice, research, and academic scholarship to the program. 

In the School of Leadership Studies, we believe that effective leadership can transform people, organizations, and communities. We embrace a theory of change that directly links leadership to learning and inquiry. Our vision is to connect scholarship with practice to change the world, one leader at a time.

Our outcomes-based graduate-level programs have been honed over the years to continually deliver relevant leadership education that is practical and grounded in scholarship. We are a dedicated group of faculty and staff members who are passionate about learning and committed to our students getting the most from their leadership journeys. We strive to incorporate emerging, innovative, and values-based leadership theories, research, and practices into our educational programming.

The School of Leadership Studies has four pillars that guide our work:

  1. Leadership as Engagement: Enabling the talents, skills, and aspirations of all members in alignment with an organization’s purpose.
  2. Engaged Scholarship: Connecting knowledge and practice through partnerships between scholars, practitioners and students that generate new perspectives and solutions for social benefit.
  3. Orientation to Possibility: Attending to the desirable future and its possibilities as well as its challenges.
  4. Learning as Transformation: Transforming our perspectives to come to completely new understandings and ways of being, doing, and knowing.

The MAL program runs three times per year and MAL-H once per year. Each program includes:

  • Four online courses (LEAD 516, 517, 618, and GBLD 511);
  • Two blended residency terms (LEAD 526/527/528 “Res 1” and LEAD 626/627 “Res 2”);
  • And a capstone project (LEAD 640) or a thesis (LEAD 690), which requires an academic supervisor.

The calendar descriptions for these courses are available online here: 

Expectations for new instructors

Please note that priority in teaching assignments is given to instructors who have previous experience teaching a course. However, we are currently seeking to expand our pool of instructors available to teach in MAL/MAL-H, particularly the online courses. 

Given the integrated nature of all courses in MAL/MAL-H, as part of the onboarding experience, all instructors selected to teach in this program are required to “shadow” courses prior to teaching them for the first time. Shadowing a course means volunteering your time to observe the interactions among students and faculty in real time as the course rolls out. Shadowing is required for all online and face-to-face courses.

In addition, capstone project and thesis supervisors 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 supervision with the School. First-time project supervisors are normally paired with a core faculty member of whom they can ask questions. First-time thesis supervisors are normally expected to serve as a second committee member prior playing the role of thesis supervisor.

Finally, all new RRU instructors are expected to participate in the “Orientation to Teaching and Course Design” Moodle site as well as the professional development opportunities regularly offered through RRU’s Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET), including such courses as “Facilitating Online Learning,” “Moodle Skills Workshop,” “Instructional Skills Workshop,” and “Blackboard Collaborate Training.” More information available here: 


For online courses, instructors will ideally possess:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree, and ideally a PhD in Leadership Studies or a related field
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in online environments, in the field of leadership studies or a related discipline
  • Professional/applied executive or organizational leadership experience and expertise that aligns with the focus of one or more of our graduate courses
  • Experience in and understanding of organizational leadership and organizational change
  • Experience in designing and delivering online instruction
  • Experience in facilitating and evaluating practice-based learning outcomes
  • 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. This includes using features such as the table of contents; headings and styles; the document map/navigation pane; tracked changes, and comment bubbles
  • Familiarity with the current version of APA and has access to APA manual. Knows 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
  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at:

In addition to the above criteria, capstone and thesis supervisors will ideally possess:

  • A record of applied social research and familiarity with collaborative, action-oriented approaches to research
  • Experience in supervision of graduate students
  • Understanding of research ethics for applied student research in a range of organizations 
  • If the applicant is an MAL/MAL-H alum: has conducted at least two or more projects as a Principle or Co-Investigator beyond his or her own capstone action research project 
  • Note that thesis supervisors are required to have an inquiry-based doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) and have normally supervised at least one OLP

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, particularly at the graduate level
  • Ability to work effectively in team-based course delivery
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in face-to-face environments, in the field of leadership studies 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 MAL/MAL-H programs
  2. Put “MAL/MAL-H Teaching” in the Subject Heading
  3. Submit all documentation:

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 further information.