Associate Faculty - School of Humanitarian Studies

School of Humanitarian Studies
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Friday, July 15, 2022 - 23:00
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Associate faculty
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*Associate faculty hold limited-term contracts to develop and/or teach individual courses in our programs.

Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, is situated in an old-growth forest on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families. Our mandate is to offer professional degree programs with a focus on applied research. With a reputation for innovation, Royal Roads University is a leader in online delivery and primarily attracts learners who are working professionals.

The School of Humanitarian Studies is seeking applications for a pool of associate faculty to teach the core courses in our Disaster and Emergency Management program which are dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing professionals. To learn more about the program, please visit our website at the link below:

Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management (MADEM)

Our current compliment of core courses (in chronological order) include the following.  Please indicate those you would be interested in teaching in your cover letter.


DEM503 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

Next Offering: October 11 - December 11, 2022; Delivery: Online; and

Next Offering:  March 27 to May 28, 2023; Delivery:  Blended with a 2 week residency April 17 to April 28, 2023


DEMN553 Disaster Response and Sustainable Recovery

Analyzes response to and recovery from disaster events across different social units (e.g., household, organizations, communities). Examines paradigms, theories and models that aid in the understanding of disaster response and sustainable recovery. Explores the ways in which life in a digital world is influencing and shaping response and recovery practices. Examines what is empirically known about disaster response and sustainable recovery and appraises the implications of this knowledge for advancing response and recovery practice.

Next offering:  November 21, 2022 to February 12, 2023; Delivery:  Online


HUMS691 Short Paper

Culminates the course-based master’s track program of studies by having students select, critique, synthesize and apply findings from the research literature to make recommendations for how to deal with a professional practice problem.

Next Offering: January 3 to March 5, 2023; Delivery: Online


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

Next Offering: January 9 – March 12, 2023; Delivery: Online; and

Next Offering:  March 27 to May 28, 2023; Delivery:  Blended with a 2 week residency April 17 to April 28, 2023


DEM502 Foundations in Disaster and Emergency Management

Examines the socially constructed relationship between hazards and disasters. Introduces the key stakeholders involved with emergency management, and explores the historic and contemporary principles, policies, and legal frameworks guiding the field of practice. Analyzes different paradigms for conceptualizing the practice of disaster and emergency management in Canadian and international contexts.

Next Offering: January 9 – March 12, 2023; Delivery: Online


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.

Next Offering: February 27 – April 30, 2023; Delivery: Online; and

Next Offering:  February 27 to April 30, 2023; Delivery:  Blended with a 2 week residency March 20 to March 31, 2023


DEMN601 Disaster and Emergency Management Planning:  From Policy to Practice

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

Next Offering:  February 27 to April 30, 2023; Delivery:  Blended with a 2 week residency March 20 to March 31, 2023; and

Next Offering: November 13, 2023 – February 4, 2024; Delivery: Online


HUMS551 Foundations of Research

Provides an introduction to the foundations of research and to the concepts and procedures of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Covers strategies for critically assessing published empirical research and discusses the roles of epistemological and ontological assumptions in the application of paradigms of knowledge. Reviews issues concerning ethics in research and the function of social values in the process of knowledge construction. Examines core research methodologies and methods used in professional practice

Next Offering: March 27 to May 28, 2023; Delivery: Online


DEMN552 Hazard and Disaster Risk Management

Examines the changing hazard landscape in the 21st century and explores contemporary approaches to disaster risk management. Explores hazard, vulnerability and resilience in greater depth and analyzes risk management frameworks that structure the assessment of hazards and their impacts on contemporary society. Uses research literature to examine best practices in minimizing residual risk by proactively managing risk, with particular attention given to the preparedness dimension of emergency management practice.

Next Offering: June 12 to August 13, 2023; Delivery: Online


At Royal Roads we are very proud of the excellent teaching support we provide our associate faculty. We ask that any new associate faculty who does not have previous online teaching experience take our instructional skills and learning platform workshops for teaching online. We provide this training for free once we have a contract in place.


The ideal candidate for teaching at RRU is someone who has experience as a scholar and a practitioner. For our graduate programs, requisite qualifications include:• a PhD in a field related to one of our graduate programs is preferred• professional experience working in the field related to course content• expertise that aligns with the focus of the programs and courses• demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level• experience working within an outcomes-based curriculum• experience teaching in web-based distance education programs and face-to-face environments• a teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning, Research & Teaching Model, available at: 

Application submission information: 

TO APPLY VIA EMAIL:1. In your application, please include all four items:  a one-page cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy, and a rank-ordered list of courses you are interested in teaching (if more than one).2. Type “DEMN AF Courses” in the subject heading.3. Email all documentation, preferably in one complete PDF package, to: note:  While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. If requested, 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. We will keep all applications on file for a period of time as we review these periodically as the need arises.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.