Online Master’s Level Course: Teaching Opportunity

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“Community and Environment” Course
Co-operative Management Education Programs
Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada

The Co-operative Management Education Programs at Saint Mary’s University ( is looking for an instructor to teach the equivalent of a 1.5 credit-hour course entitled: “Community and Environment.”

The 7th co-operative principle ( is “Concern for Community” which also encompasses the environment. In this course, students examine how the co-operative difference relates to community and the environment, such as working in the social economy, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Through a mix of readings, case studies, and discussion, students explore how the co-operative model is ideally suited for community and environment leadership coupled with economic strength.

The new course is delivered online as part of our Master of Management – Co-operatives and Credit Unions curriculum. There are two aspects to the request for proposals. First, the successful applicant will design the online course in consultation with the program’s Academic Director and Managing Director. Second, she or he will deliver the course to students each year over a 6 week period spanning September-October. The course will be delivered using the Blackboard online learning platform.

In delivering the course to students, the instructor is expected to engage with students online as they work their way through each course offering, to assess their individual and group participation, and to grade assignments and tests.

We are seeking candidates with the following skills and abilities:

  • Academic and practical experience with the subject matter
  • Co-operative sector passion and expertise relevant to the subject matter in co-operative organizations
  • Teaching experience – undergraduate, graduate, and/or executive education
  • Minimum education level: appropriate Master’s level degree
  • Experience teaching online (desirable)
  • Home location: anywhere in the world with access to appropriate online technology.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014 with a hiring decision expected by March 31, 2014. The successful applicant must complete the design of the course by May 31, 2014 to allow time for the course to be integrated into the Blackboard platform, readings to be sourced, etc. The first offering of the course will be in September 2014.

Time Commitment:
These 1.5 credit hours are delivered over 6 weeks in September of each year. We estimate that your workload during course delivery would be 10-15 hours / week, but timing of the instructor workload is contingent on the course design.

The successful candidate will be required to attend a program instructor meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 13-17, 2014. Travel expenses will be covered by the program.

Submission Deadline:
February 28 2014. Submit a cover letter and resume to In your cover letter, please outline your vision for and approach to this course.

If you have any questions, please contact: Karen Miner, Managing Director: