Associate Faculty, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Interdisciplinary Studies
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Closing date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Associate faculty
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications from eligible candidates for Associate Faculty contract positions to teach INDS 500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies - in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. As independent contractors, Associate Faculty members are not RRU employees. Rather, they hold short-term contracts to develop and/or teach individual courses in our programs.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies admits approximately 80 students annually, who undertake an interdisciplinary suite of courses from a wide variety of Royal Roads University programs. The program currently has 3 required courses: INDS 500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies, INDS 505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines and INDS 510 Interdisciplinary Research Methods. These courses offer students a broad foundation in social science theory, writing, critical thinking and research methods at a graduate level.

The RRU Learning and Teaching Model guide course development and pedagogical approaches, and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies strives to develop students competencies in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Global Perspectives and citizenship
  • Working with others
  • Working with multiple bodies of knowledge

We are looking for an instructor for our 9 week INDS 500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies Course, which starts on Feb 5, 2018.

Expectations for new instructors/course developers

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 is available here:


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in an Interdisciplinary field of study
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level, preferably online
  • Experience in facilitating and evaluating applied learning outcomes
  • Ability to teach an interdisciplinary, learning outcomes-based curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member
  • Commitment to student-centred, learning-oriented teaching
  • Flexibility and adaptability, particularly in the face of ongoing program and curricular changes
  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at:
  • A history of applied research, or professional experience related to interdisciplinary studies, critical pedagogy, communication or social science.
Application submission information: 

To apply via email:

  1. In your application, please include a one-page cover letter,copies of recent teaching evaluations and your CV.
  2. Put “INDS 500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies” 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 further information.