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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Sociology

Cape Breton University

The Department of L’nu, Political, and Social Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Cape Breton University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will commence January 1, 2025(or as soon as possible thereafter).

One of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities, CBU recognizes its location on Cape Breton Island as part of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 7500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.

CBU delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its academic community. Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world. Our faculty bring passion to their teaching and research and we are known for our friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU's position in post-secondary education.

The successful candidate’s teaching load will include sections of undergraduate introductory courses in quantitative methods, qualitative methods, as well as in the candidate’s area of specialty. As well as fulfilling degree requirements, as part of both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Community Studies Degree Programs, the quantitative and qualitative methods courses are required courses in the Diploma in Government Management program.

In addition to teaching experience, the successful candidate must also possess a well-defined research agenda related to social control including, but not limited to: critical criminology, the sociology of health and illness, or social problems. For this position, research may be academic or community-based in nature, or a combination of both approaches.

Expertise in mixed methods would be considered an asset. The successful candidate is expected to have a well-defined research program related to social control including, but not limited to critical criminology, the sociology of health and illness, or social problems. In addition to quantitative and mixed methods, there will be a responsibility to teach existing courses in areas of specialization, and to engage in curriculum development. Exceptional candidates who may not possess this minimum academic credential, but who do hold traditional and living Indigenous knowledge will also be considered.

Finally, the successful candidate will be required to participate fully in the collegial life of the university by accepting administrative duties within the department and participating on university-wide committees and governance bodies
Candidates should have a PhD in sociology or a PhD in a relevant related discipline. Candidates who are in the later stages of their PhD may be considered with the successful completion of the PhD being a condition of employment. Exceptional candidates who may not possess this minimum academic credential, but who do hold traditional and living Indigenous knowledge will also be considered.

CBU teaches programs on campus, off campus in locations across and outside of Canada, and on-line. The university and its partners will therefore provide opportunities for faculty members to teach in different modes in different locations as part of their regular workload. While these opportunities may not be available equally for all faculty positions in all programs, a clear willingness to teach in different modes and locations will be noted as part of your application.

Applications for the successful candidate will include a:
• cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
• statement of teaching philosophy
• statement of research
• complete CV including a list of publications
• evidence of effective teaching
• list of at least three references.
o Short listed candidates may be required to submit three reference letters.
Please upload all required documents to Additional Documents if no designated area is listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

Click here to view more information and to apply.

Applications must be received by August 9th 2024.


Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

CBU is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and applicants are encouraged to self-identity if they are part of a marginalised community, or have experience working with Indigenous communities.

If we contact you for an interview and you are a person with a disability who requires technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and how we can be of assistance.

Cape Breton University
Human Resources Dept.
HumanResources@cbu.ca
1250 Grand Lake Road,
Sydney, NS B1M 1A2