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Assistant Professor, Skills Education, Faculty of Humanities

McMaster University

The Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University invites applications for a two-year, contractually limited appointment as Assistant Professor of Skills Education.  We seek applicants who are well positioned to develop and teach courses for our Humanities Concurrent Certificate: Skills for Life and to provide overall coordination for administration of the certificate.  Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in a Humanities discipline and a strong background in teaching and learning in the liberal arts.

In the Faculty of Humanities, our students gain the knowledge, skills, and world-class connections they need to succeed in a wide range of careers or further studies. The new Skills for Life certificate is a required component of the Humanities degree and focuses on foundational skills that are critical to student success – both academically and in their career. These are skills that employers regularly include among the skills they most value, like critical thinking and self-reflection, leadership, written and oral communication, digital literacy, adaptability and resiliency, diversity and intercultural understanding, social innovation and social change, problem solving, and teamwork and collaboration. Applicants, who must have a completed or nearly completed PhD, must demonstrate how their training and teaching interests connect to skills learning. Full details about the certificate may be found at: https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/preview_program.php?catoid=56&poid=28626

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the Top 100 in the world.  A research-intensive university, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. With a total full-time student population of close to 28,000, McMaster welcomes students from 98 countries as well as Canada.  The Faculty of Humanities offers 16 undergraduate and 17 graduate programs in the departments of Greek and Roman Studies; Linguistics and Language; Communication Studies and Media Arts; English and Cultural Studies; French; History; Philosophy; and the School of the Arts. https://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada  

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey - Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or
Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or
School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679
to communicate accommodation needs.

Applications should be submitted through the McMaster University on-line Academic Careers website found at:  http://www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers .  Interested applicants must submit the following documentation in ONE PDF file:

• a letter of application demonstrating how the candidate’s training, teaching and other experience prepares them to teach in and lead our undergraduate Skills for Life certificate;

• complete curriculum vitae;

• statement describing how the candidate has or will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community;

• up to three supporting documents, which could include course outlines related to the Skills for Life certificate;

• the names and contact information, including the email address, of two referees who would be willing to provide a reference or letter of recommendation upon request.

Inquiries about uploading applications may be directed to Antoinette Somo at humappt@mcmaster.ca