Associate Faculty - Year One International Program

College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Reference number: 
IY1 HUMN 104
Closing date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Associate faculty
Full or part time: 
Competition status: 
Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications from eligible candidates for Associate Faculty contract positions to develop and teach a course – HUMN 104: Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability - in the International Year One 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 International Year One program admits approximately 80 international students annually, who undertake an interdisciplinary, full-time, on-campus, suite of courses that encompass theoretical and historical frameworks relating to global citizenship, as well as opportunities for students to critically reflect upon their own roles and the impact they may have as global citizens. The program presents learners with foundational skills and knowledge that will support their participation in more specialized courses that they will pursue as part of their RRU undergraduate program. Support for strengthening English language in all domains (writing, speaking, reading comprehension and listening) as well as critical thinking, communication and teamwork competencies is purposefully and strategically integrated into coursework, assessment, and activities.

The International Year One program consists of the following academic courses:

  • HUMN 103: Foundations of Global Citizenship (9 credits)
  • HUMN 104: Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability (3 credits)
  • WRIT 110: Writing for Success (3 credits)
  • CDNS 101: Canadian Studies (3 credits)
  • WRIT 111: Academic Writing (3 credits)
  • IHMN 201: The Business of Tourism or BUSA 201: Introduction to Business Administration (3 credits)
  • CESL 100: Civic Engagement and Service Learning (3 credits)

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 have an immediate need for a course designer and instructor for our 12-weekHUMN 104: Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability course, which runs from Jan. 9 – March 10, 2017.

The calendar description for this course is:

HUMN 104: Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability

Critically explores understandings of sustainability as a complex phenomenon that impacts and intersects with our lives in multiple ways. Focuses on personal responsibility as global citizens through the theoretical lens of the three dimensions of sustainability - sociopolitical, environmental, and economic, or “people, planet, profit.”  Number of Credits: 3

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 Sustainability or a related field
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, in the field of Sustainability or a related discipline
  • Experience in designing and delivering undergraduate courses
  • Experience in facilitating and evaluating practice-based learning outcomes
  • Ability to develop and 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:

In addition to the above criteria, the candidate will ideally possess:

  • Intercultural communication competencies
  • Experience teaching international students and students with English as an additional language
Application submission information: 

To apply via email:

  1. In your application, please include a one-page cover letter and your CV.
  2. Put “IY1 HUMN 104 Development and 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.