Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - First-Year Seminars - Thunder Bay

Contract Lecturer Positions

Application Deadline:  July 5, 2020

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a Contract Lecturer to teach: 

UNIV 1016 First-Year Seminars  

Investigation of a topic, using a multidisciplinary approach in a group setting as an introduction to scholarship at the university level. The focus of each First Year Seminar course will vary, but this year, the topic will be “Pandemic.” The instructor will need to employ a rich range of teaching methods to meet the needs of diverse, first year learners. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students to both academic expectations in their coursework and resources and services at Lakehead that would help them succeed in university life. The course will introduce students to approaches for developing critical thinking skills, creating a professional academic identity, and dispensing their academic responsibilities, especially in online settings. 

Start Date/Duration

The successful candidate will instruct a 4-week class, 0.5 FCE course, from July 20 - August 14, working with a team to develop content across potentially multiple sections of a course. 

Qualifications Preferred:

The successful applicant will have many, if not all, of the following knowledges, skills, and attributes: 

  • hold an advanced degree, PhD preferred.
  • experience in designing, managing, and assessing online learning opportunities.
  • an understanding of teaching research, reading, and writing as interwoven, recursive practices.
  • experience designing instruction at the first-year level, in online and hybrid classrooms, particularly around designing first year experiences and creating community in online environments.
  • some background or understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the course’s topic, “pandemic.”
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, and understanding of antiracist/anti-oppressive pedagogy and student evaluation.
  • Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery.


Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit: www.lakeheadu.ca.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their applications, in a single pdf document, that includes:  cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three references by July 5, 2020. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. This form is available on our website at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-and-staff/departments/services/hr/employment-opportunites.

Send Applications to:

Office of Human Resources

Lakehead University

University Centre

Room UC-0003

Fax: 807-346-7701

Email:  careers@lakeheadu.ca


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or human.resources@lakeheadu.ca to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.