Offre d’emploi: Canada Research Chairs (Tier 2) – Folklore & Traditional Music

Cape Breton University (CBU) is located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia’s tourism centrepiece and home to rich Celtic, Mi’kmaq, and Acadian culture. CBU has a reputation for small class sizes, strong community involvement, and strong internal support for faculty research.

The Department of History and Culture in the School of Arts & Social Sciences at Cape Breton University invites applications from outstanding candidates for two Canada Research Chairs (Tier 2) in the areas of Folklore and Traditional Music. Appointment to a faculty position will be conditional on the selected candidates being awarded a Canada Research Chair. The tenure-track appointments will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with a start date of January 1, 2013 or later. The appointments will have reduced teaching responsibilities during the tenure of the CRC appointment.

In accordance with the regulations for Tier 2 Chairs, the successful candidates will hold a PhD (normally obtained within the last ten years), and will be outstanding emerging scholars who have demonstrated innovation with the potential to achieve international recognition within five to ten years. The candidates must propose an original research program that will attract external funding and excellent graduate students. The successful candidates will work with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies to develop Chair nominations to be submitted to the CRC Secretariat in 2012. Please refer to the CRC website for detailed information about the Program:

The ideal candidates will augment the strengths in our Department, be well positioned to participate actively in local, national and international research networks, establish a competitive externally funded research program, and participate in teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidates will work closely with colleagues in the Department of History and Culture, the Centre for Cape Breton Studies, and other researchers at CBU which has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research. Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential for and commitment to the teaching, research, and service activities of CBU, the larger community and their profession. The union affiliation of this position is with the CBU Faculty Association.

Folklore – Reference #CRC1101

We are seeking a scholar who is interested in pursuing research on and about the cultural traditions of Cape Breton Island and who possesses a PhD in Folklore (or closely related area). Knowledge of and engagement with the international debates surrounding the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be considered an asset.

Traditional Music – Reference #CRC1102

We are seeking a scholar who is interested in pursuing research on and about the traditional music(s) of Cape Breton Island and who has a PhD in Ethnomusicology, Folklore, or Music (or related area).

In addition to six historians, the Department of History and Culture has three tenured faculty members and five part-time members in the areas of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. A Bachelor of Arts Major in Traditional Music is also being developed. A graduate program (MA) in Heritage Resource Management is currently being developed by faculty from several departments who work in the Heritage area. Current research strengths in Folklore and Ethnomusicology include: Traditional Music, Disaster and Protest Songs, Vernacular Architecture, Gaelic Culture, Youth Ritual and Culture, Narrative and Material Culture. The Centre for Cape Breton Studies is home to the international journal, Material Culture Review / Revue de la culture matérielle. The Centre also houses a digitization lab and performance analysis room. For information about the Department visit:

Applications should be sent to the address below (email applicants will receive a return email confirming receipt). Review of applications will commence January 3, 2012 and will continue until the positions are filled.

A complete application will include:

  • a covering letter (quoting the applicable reference number);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • three refereed publications;
  • a teaching dossier;
  • three current letters of reference (sent directly to CBU);
  • a description of a 5-7 year research plan demonstrating an original research program capable of attracting external funding and excellent graduate students; and
  • a statement explaining how your background, experience and research accomplishments qualify you for appointment as a Tier 2 Chair.

The union affiliation of this position is with the CBU Faculty Association.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. CBU is an equal opportunities employer. CBU encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal People, African Canadians or other persons from a visible minority group, persons with disabilities and women. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative should self-identify in their cover letter.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2

(902)563-1158 tel. / (902)563-1458 fax

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