Faculty, School of Leadership Studies

Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
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Closing date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Full or part time: 
Five-year initial term
Competition status: 
Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications for the position of Faculty Member in the School of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Social and Applied Science, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or full Professor, based on qualifications and experience. Reporting to the School Director, as a full-time Faculty Member you will be invited to play a leading role in the Master of Arts in Leadership, a flagship program that admits approximately 144 students annually. The program is celebrating its 20 year anniversary and continues to engage students in intensive on-campus residencies, online delivery of courses, and action-oriented capstone projects and theses.

This program is focused on theoretical and applied approaches to the understanding and practice of leadership in personal, supervisory, team, and strategic contexts in multiple sectors, i.e., the business, non-profit, and public sectors, including military, education, health, and the arts, among others. It stresses a holistic, transdisciplinary, approach to learning leadership. The ideal candidate is a scholar-practitioner who brings informed professional practice, research, and academic scholarship to the program.

In the School of Leadership Studies, we believe that effective leadership can transform people, organizations, and communities. We embrace a theory of change that directly links leadership to learning and inquiry. Our vision is to connect scholarship with practice to change the world, one leader at a time.

We use a co-teaching model to provide authentic, challenging, collaborative, and engaging learning experiences through our leadership programs and our research initiatives. Core faculty members are expected to teach several courses a year, both face to face and via Moodle. This often includes course revisions and curriculum development work. RRU faculty members are expected to develop and engage in their own research and inquiry, resulting in publication and conference presentations. You will also have responsibilities in educational administration, including adjudicating applications into the program and participating in a range of service activities in the School and across the University. You will have an opportunity to take on additional roles, such as Program Head and becoming a member of the Research Ethics Board.

Our outcomes-based graduate-level programs have been honed over the years to continually deliver relevant leadership education that is practical and grounded in scholarship. We are a dedicated group of faculty and staff members who are passionate about learning and committed to our students getting the most from their leadership journeys. We also strive to incorporate emerging, innovative, and values-based leadership theories, research, and practices into our educational programming.

The School of Leadership Studies has four pillars that guide our work: 

Leadership as Engagement

Enabling the talents, skills, and aspirations of all members in alignment with an organization’s purpose.

Engaged Scholarship

Connecting knowledge and practice through partnerships between scholars, practitioners and students that generate new perspectives and solutions for social benefit.

Orientation to Possibility

Attending to the desirable future and its possibilities as well as its challenges.

Learning as Transformation

Transforming our perspectives to come to completely new understandings and ways of being, doing, and knowing.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Doctoral degree in Leadership Studies or a related field
  • Professional/applied executive or organizational leadership experience
  • Willingness and ability to take on significant academic administrative duties in a fast-paced environment
  • Record of applied social research and familiarity with collaborative, action-oriented approaches to research
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in the field of leadership studies in face to face and online environments
  • Experience in designing and delivering online instruction
  • Experience in the integration and use of experiential, adult learning principles in curriculum design, delivery and assessment, particularly at the graduate level
  • Understanding of research ethics for applied student research in a range of organizations
  • Ability to work effectively in team-based course delivery
  • Experience in facilitating and evaluating practice-based learning outcomes
  • Ability to work within a transdisciplinary, learning outcomes-based curriculum
  • Experience in and understanding of organizational leadership and organizational change
  • Experience in supervision of graduate students
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member with a variety of teams and stakeholder groups
  • Commitment to learning-oriented teaching
Application submission information: 

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience.  This is an initial five-year appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs.

The competition began on April 22, 2016 and the review of materials received will commence on May 20, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

To apply please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy (preferably in one document and PDF format) to:

rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca with a subject line of:

16-027-F0029 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570  Tel:  (250) 391-2511

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.  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.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word, Adobe PDF, or text format.