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Faculty/Unit: The School of Continuing Studies, Technology & Innovation Domain
McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies, situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, invites applications for the position of full-time, campus based, Assistant Professor, to provide academic leadership and play a key role in the growth and development of academic programs in the Technology and Innovation Academic Domain.
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is one of 12 faculties at McGill University, a public institution of advanced learning ranked in the top 50 universities world-wide. The School serves a diverse and ever-changing adult learner population of nearly 8,000 annually, from pre-collegiate to post-retirement age, with an annual budget of approx. CAD$ 21 million. It offers a combined total of 60+ credit and non-credit programs and courses at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, of varying duration, delivered through a variety of formats, including online and face-to-face courses, and workshops. Academic content covers the breadth of digital transformation, applied social sciences, management, and communication studies. Particular emphasis is placed on serving the learning needs of First Nations as well as global communities and non-traditional adult learners.
SCS’s core pedagogic approach centers on highest quality, inter-active experiential and peer learning combined with close collaboration practitioners, employers, and professional organizations. As a bridge between the University, the local community in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the world, SCS operates in a predominantly bilingual (French and English) but multicultural environment.
One of five academic domains in the School, Technology and Innovation offers academic programs of different formats and durations on diverse computational topics including computational intelligence, data science, and information security.
We seek applications from candidates who have education, training, teaching, and professional experience in computer science with a specialization in one or more of the following areas: software development and digital user experience, especially for the web and mobile devices.
This is a full-time, ranked academic, non-tenure stream (Contract Academic Staff) position with an initial appointment of three (3) years, based at McGill’s downtown campus in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Academic Domain Director of Technology and Innovation. Hiring is dependent upon budgetary and university approvals. Ideally the individual would be able to start this position by 1 January, 2024.
This position involves teaching and related administrative and supervisory responsibilities. Duties performed include (but are not limited to) the following:
Teach credit and/or non-credit courses in areas related to technology and innovation. A typical Assistant Professor course load in the School of Continuing Studies is the equivalent of 18 credits per year (in a combination of undergraduate, graduate or non-credit professional courses). The actual course load will depend on the scope of academic administrative responsibilities, externally funded research grant activity, and/or special projects as determined in consultation with the Academic Domain Director and the Dean’s Office.
Contribute to the development of courses and other offerings aligned with SCS, and University strategic goals;
Assume primary responsibility for maintaining the academic rigour of these courses, including ensuring that pedagogical methods are up to date;
Recruit and provide leadership to part-time instructors in best practices in teaching and learning, including holding regular teaching-team meetings, reviewing course evaluations of part-time Course Lecturers and providing feedback and guidance to individual instructors and students;
Work productively with other academic and administrative colleagues to create curricula and other programming;
Serve on Faculty and University committees and workgroups as needed and available;
Develop and maintain fruitful working relationships with other Faculties and Schools and with key University service units;
Participate in Faculty and University orientation and promotional events;
Contribute to an inclusive, intellectually stimulating, and healthy work environment.
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree in a related field.
Experience in development and teaching of courses and programs, preferably at the post-secondary educational level.
Extensive and current demonstrated professional experience in a field related to one or both of the programs.
OTHER QUALIFYING SKILLS AND/OR ABILITIES:
Knowledge of French and English. McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing (on the job language training is available).
Online or blended/hybrid teaching experience is a plus.
Demonstrated ability to foster learning by establishing an inclusive classroom dynamic, involving learners in various activities, and managing student participation and group interactions effectively.
Experience and/or expertise in working with underserved, underrepresented, and/or Indigenous learners.
Experience with adult and part-time learners
Demonstrated ability to use appropriate technologies to support student learning.
Demonstrated ability to understand and navigate complex environments to achieve results.
Demonstrated commitment to staying abreast of research and advances in the relevant area(s) of specialization.
Excellent interpersonal, time-management, and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to lead as well as participate in teams.
Extensive experience in collaboration with the industry in related domains.
Experience in working with underserved, underrepresented, and/or Indigenous learners.
Commitment to the values of university continuing education.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS CONSIDERED AS ASSETS:
Experience in entrepreneurial approaches to education, including externally funded research or projects.
Experience in higher education academic administration.
Eagerness to be an active part of a data-driven team.
Enthusiasm for experimenting with new technologies.
Fluency in languages other than French and English.
Scientific publications in the field of expertise.
Externally funded research projects relevant to the field.
In your cover letter, please feel free to elaborate upon any other assets you consider valuable for the position that set you apart. We also encourage you to discuss any career-affecting events in your life.
Job Type: Contract Academic Staff
Rank: Assistant Professor
Length of Appointment: Three (3) years
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications should be addressed to the Search Committee and submitted in Workday. Applications received by September 1, 2023, will receive priority consideration. Position remains open until filled. Applications should include the following materials in a single PDF:
Cover letter summarizing relevant educational background and work experience
Curriculum vitae tailored to this position
Name, affiliation, and contact information of three references (who will not be contacted without prior consent)
Statement of Teaching Approach
Research Statement (optional but recommended)
Teaching or training evaluations for at least one recent year
McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.
McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.
McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through
accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.