Associate Faculty - School of Humanitarian Studies Graduate Program

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 who could teach elective courses in our graduate programs, which are dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing professionals. To learn more about each program, please visit our website at the links below:

Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management (MACAM)

Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management (MADEM)

Master of Arts in Human Security & Peacebuilding (MAHSPB)

Master of Arts in Justice Studies (MAJS)

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

HUMS642 Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities.

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

HUMS653 Environmental and Resource-based Conflict Management

Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights.

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

HUMS662 Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency.)

Next Offering: October 11 - December 11, 2022; Delivery: Blended with a 1-week residency November 7 – 11, 2022

HUMS673 – Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism

Provides students with opportunities to explore trends in humanitarian theory and action from indigenous perspectives. Working with members of an indigenous community or referring to existing cases, students are required to work towards the development and application of indigenous approaches to humanitarian issues. Topics will vary according to student interest and instructor expertise.

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

PJMN501 Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.

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

HUMS630 Advanced Research Methods

Provides students with an advanced examination of qualitative and quantitative research methodology, strategies, data gathering techniques, and data analysis. Covers research design, common methodologies, ethics, data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of research results.

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

HUMS641 Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection.

Next Offering: May 15 - July 16, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS643 Ethno-political Conflict in the Canadian Context

Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts.

Next Offering: May 15 - July 16, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS644 Internship

An experiential education experience (internship) which guides student in applying theoretical knowledge and professional skills in a supervised, professional, domestic or international context relevant to their program of study. Requires a minimum of 420 contact hours at the host organisation, normally completed over a period of 3 to 5 months. Brings classroom learning, theoretical concepts and academic literature together with practical learning, insights from the field of practice and application of skills.

Next Offering: May 15 - October 1, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS661 Risk and Crisis Communication

Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis.

Next Offering: May 15 - July 16, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS671 Transdisciplinarity in Practice

Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development.

Next Offering: May 15 - July 16, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS611 Intercultural Competence

Examines core concepts and theories on culture and cultural competence. Engages students in application of theoretical frameworks in professional and personal settings. Provides students with an opportunity to critically examine their own socio-cultural locations to raise intercultural awareness, assist in intercultural mindset development, and facilitate intercultural competence development. Enables students to apply an intercultural analysis to complex situations involving stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds.

Next Offering: July 31 - October 1, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS651 Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability).

Next Offering: July 31 - October 1, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS652 Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century

Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support resilience and adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured, complex, and inter-related problems, and working in a range of threat environments and contexts.

Next Offering: July 31 - October 1, 2023; Delivery: Online

HUMS672 Public Images of Justice and Fairness

Evaluates a variety of evocative static and moving images of justice (broadly defined) throughout our social history in photos, videos, literature and other media. Draws on concepts of justice that transect theology, philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, the humanities and even popular culture to deconstruct various societal concepts of justice, fairness, culture, and communication.

Next Offering: July 31 - October 1, 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 “HUMS AF Courses” in the subject heading.3. Email all documentation, preferably in one complete PDF package, to: AFInquiries@royalroads.caPlease 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.