Part-Time Positions in Sociology

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

St. Thomas University invites applications for instructors to teach the following courses in Fredericton:

Semester 1 and 2:
SOCI 2116A Sociology of Atlantic Canada, MW, 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
This course is designed as an introduction to the sociological study of Atlantic Canada. The first term focuses on the development of the Maritimes and Newfoundland from mercantile societies to under-developed regions within the centralized Canadian economy. The second term focuses on the contemporary structure, problems, and issues of Atlantic Canadian society. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

Semester 1:
SOCI 2323A Sociology for Cyborgs; The Social Organization of the Internet, WF, 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM
This course is a critical introduction to the social, political, economic, and cultural organization of the Internet. The purpose is to provide media literacy tools to penetrate beneath its commonly experienced surfaces. The focus is on who organizes the Web: its commercialization and the potential for democratization of its users. An important goal is discovering the academic Web as a resource for both Liberal Arts education and lifetime learning. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

SOCI 3573A Sociology of Art and Culture, TTH, 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Employing both classical and contemporary sociological perspectives, this course explores the nature of art in society by looking at how art objects are produced, distributed, and consumed. Theoretical perspectives are related to historical and contemporary examples from a range of artistic media (e.g., pictorial art, film, photography, literature, and music) to expose the interplay between art and society. The relationship between the fine arts and popular culture are examined, as well as the role of technology in the various arts. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

Semester 2:
SOCI 2513A Sociology of Communication, MWF, 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
This course will consider the mass media, (principally print and electronic), its place in, and impact upon Canadian society. Various perspectives and related research will be considered with respect to the control and ownership of the media, the social organization of the production of news, facts, statistics, and other messages; and the themes expressed in the popular culture as conveyed by the media. Underlying concerns are the social construction of what-is-taken-to-be reality and the language that is used in the conveying of messages. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

SOCI 2623A Women in the Third World, TTH, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM
This course will critically examine the role of women in the Third World. It will concentrate largely on the changes in these roles and their correspondence with the transition from traditional to new forms of economic organization, production, and power. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

SOCI 3563A Sociology of Music, TTH, 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
This course combines a number of macro- and micro-sociological perspectives on music. The former refers to the wider socio-cultural context in which music is produced, distributed, and listened to. It includes the social functions and uses of music ranging from rituals and ceremonies to its political-economic organization in cultural industries. Forms of music, such as the functional harmony vs. the Afro-American traditions, are related to forms of society. Micro perspectives analyze how performers create and make music together in terms of the interaction among musicians, audience, and conductor. The practices of improvisation and maintaining synchrony will be examined principally in both classical and jazz contexts. (Maximum enrolment: 60).

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution whose roots are in the faith and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. With a full-time enrolment of 2,400, its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the university holds four Canada Research Chairs.

A PhD, or imminent completion is preferred; a master’s degree is required. Each applicant is to submit a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching portfolio preferred), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Colm Kelly, Chair, Sociology Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB E3B 5G3.

Closing date: June 21, 2013, or when positions are filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications, including letters of reference, are received by this date.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. The university welcomes applications from all faiths and backgrounds. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.