Assoicate Faculty - DSoc Sci

College of Interdisciplinary Studies
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Friday, November 25, 2016 - 17:00
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Associate faculty
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University’s Doctor of Social Sciences program is seeking applications from eligible candidates for an Associate Faculty contract position to teach the 12-week blended SOSC 730: Applied Qualitative Social Science Research Methodologies course, which runs from July 17, 2017 to October 1, 2017.  This course includes a three-week residency in Victoria at Royal Roads University.  The residency is scheduled for August 8 to August 25, 2017. 

As the ideal candidate, you would also be available to revise this course from its current blended delivery to a fully online course to be delivered in 2018 and be available to teach the course online twice a year starting in 2018. 

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 Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program is Canada’s first applied research doctorate designed exclusively for working professionals.  The Doctor of Social Sciences focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to organizations, communities, and society in general.  The program of study builds candidates’ knowledge of a range of applied social research methodologies and their understanding of their relevance to specific practical social purposes.

SOSSC 730 engages students with a range of current qualitative data collection, display and analysis methods, and overviews basic quantitative methods for use in mixed mode studies. It highlights the strengths, limitations and conditions of quality for specific data collection and analysis methods in the context of particular research methodologies.  The course includes an exploration of software innovations that support digital data storage, display and analyses. Lastly, the course explores the principles of ethical research practice and guides students to incorporate ethics concerns into their research.

Students explore some of the key conceptual and practical skills required to turn theory into praxis.  The course focusses largely on applied qualitative and mixed research methods, with a focus on data-gathering techniques and data analysis.  One of the main goals of this course is to provide students with a practical grounding in applied qualitative research methods to assist them in building a solid foundation for the design of their doctoral research project.

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:

  • A doctoral degree in a social science related field
  • Experience in designing and teaching graduate courses on social science qualitative research methods
  • Experience teaching online
  • Familiarity with, and appreciation of, applied research
  • Familiarity with, and appreciation of, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member in a culturally diverse environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability, particularly in the face of ongoing program and curricular changes
  • Applied research experience as a social science practitioner (preferred)
  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at:
Application submission information: 

1        In your application, please include a one-page cover letter and your CV.

2        Put “SOSC 730 Teaching Position” in the Subject Heading

3        Submit all documentation to:

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.