Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education, and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We’re situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name for this place is “Mohkinstsis,” which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.
Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning, and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.
About the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures
Building on its history at Mount Royal and its location in Calgary, the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures is passionately committed to the study of writing as well as of literary and filmic texts. The Department offers a degree program in the Bachelor of Arts (English), with streams for the Major in English as well as the Honours degree; it also offers Minors in Creative Writing, Film Studies, Environmental Humanities, English, Spanish, and French. The Honours program concludes with a fall-term Capstone Seminar (ENGL 5110) that includes professionalization training and an annual student conference where students showcase their Honours theses.
The overall four-year degree program is accredited by the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC). Our degree pathways (through the Major and Honours) follow a highly integrated curriculum bringing together literary themes, periods, theory, composition, creative writing, research, and practice. The program prepares students for graduate studies as well as other avenues of advanced study, including education, law, and library studies. Our graduates go on to careers focused on research, writing, publishing, and editing—anything, in fact, where clear, competent writing and communication are valued. We value supportive learning, inclusiveness, and equity, with a strong tradition of small class sizes. Our smaller class sizes allow for personalized learning and enhanced student participation.
Our award-winning faculty offer a rich variety of both traditional and cutting-edge courses, with a strong emphasis on developing the critical and creative writing of our students. We read the text not just to find out what it says, but to see how it works—how it shapes our critical and ethical sensibilities; our awareness of culture and tradition, and our identities as peoples in communities larger than ourselves.
Applicants are encouraged to review the Bachelor of Arts (English) information at https://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/Arts/Departments/EnglishLanguagesCultures/index.htm
About the Role
The Department of English, Languages, and Cultures, Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University, invites applications for a tenure track which will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Postcolonial Studies.
The successful candidate will be able to teach the range of Postcolonial courses represented in the MRU Calendar. Candidates will have a strong publication record and demonstrate excellence in discourses on decolonization and teaching Postcolonialism at the university level. Research and service opportunities may include supervision of research assistants or Honours students.
A minimum of a Ph.D. (or close to completion) in English specializing in Postcolonialism and decolonization/decoloniality is required.
Also, any of the following would be definite assets:
• Successful previous post-secondary teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
• Experience in curriculum development, pedagogy, and assessment (including creating courses, lectures, learnings activities, and assignments);
• Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and diversity awareness.
Key faculty responsibilities include:
• Teaching foundation courses in Postcolonial Literature;
• Collaborating effectively with full-time and contract faculty members on curriculum development, refinement, and educational technologies;
• Remaining current in areas of teaching responsibility and maintaining awareness of emerging trends;
• Contributing to program, university, and community service.
New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS) focuses on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member establishes and maintains a research program and is involved in service to the Mount Royal community. The Teaching Service Pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. The successful candidate for this position will be hired into the teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS). There’s an option to change work patterns after tenure.
For further information, contact Dr. Robert Boschman, Chair, Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at (403) 660–0216 or [email protected].
What We Offer
Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person and harnesses the strength that’s available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.
Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources, and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health, and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days, and free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.
Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist, and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports, and certifications for students, employees, and the public.
Due to changing Covid-19 precautions, this role may require the incumbent to temporarily work from home. Access to a secure personal computer and stable internet connection is required.
All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus. This is a condition of employment.
Closing Date: February 28, 2022
Interested applicants should submit the following:
• Cover letter that describes the candidate’s interest in the position, qualifications, and potential contributions to Mount Royal University.
• Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Teaching Portfolio, including:
o A statement of teaching philosophy, interests, and accomplishments, if available (maximum 2,500 words)
o Sample syllabi
o Sample student evaluations and peer/chair teaching evaluations
• If the Teaching/Scholarship/Service (TSS) pattern is desired, a Research Portfolio, including:
o Statement of research interests/expertise
o Proposed research plan for the upcoming 5-year period
• Academic reference letters aren’t required with the application, but candidates may be asked to provide up to three confidential references as the competition progresses.