Associate Faculty, School of Humanitarian Studies

Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
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Closing date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 17:00
Employment status: 
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 and 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 MA in Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) program is a two-year interdisciplinary degree dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing disaster and emergency management professionals. To read more about our DEM program, please visit our website at:

We have an immediate need for an instructor for our 7-week DEMN 601 Disaster and Emergency Management Planning:  From Policy to Practice blended course, which runs from September 12 – October 30, 2016. The course is designed as follows

  • September 12 – October 2:  Pre-residency online teaching period (3 weeks)
  • October 2 – 14:  On-campus residency/face-to-face teaching (2 weeks)
  • October 15 – 30: Post-residency online teaching period (2 weeks)

The calendar description for this course is:


Surveys the history of public policy development in the disaster and emergency management field, and explores current issues, gaps and drivers for change. Examines planning theories and the research of disaster and emergency management literature to establish criteria for best practices, and for development of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery plans.

Given the focus of this course, preference will be given to applicants familiar with, or experienced working within, the Canadian disaster and emergency management policy context.

You may also be interested in teaching other courses in our MA Disaster & Emergency Management program.  If so, please let us know. Most of these courses are entirely online, with a few in the blended format. Given this environment, we ask that any new associate faculty who do not have previous online teaching experience take an online facilitation course. We provide this training for free for contracted instructors.

Additional courses that may be of interest:

The course descriptions for the courses listed below can be found at:

DEMN 502  Foundations in Disaster and Emergency Management
DEMN 503  Facilitation, Coordination and Decision Making in Multi-Stakeholder Environments
DEMN 504  Human Dimensions of Disasters
HUMS 551  Foundations of Research
DEMN 552  Hazard and Disaster Risk Management
DEMN 553  Disaster Response and Sustainable Recovery
DEMN 602  Advanced Professional Practice:  Planning for Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty



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 and Teaching 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 and Emergency Management  program
  2.  Put ‘DEMN 601 AF Teaching Contract’ or ‘General 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.