Associate Faculty - Year One International Program

College of Interdisciplinary Studies
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Closing date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Associate faculty
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications from eligible candidates for an Associate Faculty contract position to teach CDNS101: Canadian Studies 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 annually admits approximately 50 international students who undertake an interdisciplinary, full-time, on-campus, suite of courses that encompass theoretical and historical frameworks relating to global citizenship. 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 strive 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 an instructor for our 9-week CDNS101: Canadian Studies course, which runs from Jan 29 to March 30, 2018

The calendar description for this course is:

  • CDNS101: Canadian Studies

Teaching Dates:  Jan 29 to March 30, 2018

This course provides a broad overview of Canada and examines what it means to be Canadian. Specific themes in the course include the Canadian context (geography and regionalism), history (colonialism, and multiculturalism), business and labour, politics and government, and the Indigenous people of Canada.

Expectations for new instructors

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 Canadian Studies, History, English or a related field
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, in the field of academic writing 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 CDNS101 Teaching Position” 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.