Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

Senior Laboratory Instructor (L2) Anthropology


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Senior Laboratory Instructor (L2) Anthropology

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Permanent (for any group)

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MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Today, Mount Royal offers 14 bachelor's degrees and 38 majors, along with a wide range of diploma and certificate options. It boasts a diverse community with nearly 16,000 credit students, more than 5,500 non- credit students, and about 1,700 employees.

As a student-focused undergraduate university built on teaching excellence, Mount Royal is known for its top-caliber programs, high-quality teaching and learning experience, robust delivery of liberal education, scholarly teaching, experiential learning, and undergraduate research. Grounded in community, Mount Royal is a place where faculty, staff, and alumni can know each other by name — and where everyone is welcome. Learn more about Mount Royal's strategic academic direction at

Mount Royal University is situated in an ancient and storied place that is steeped in ceremony and history that, until recently, was occupied exclusively by people Indigenous to this place. With gratitude and reciprocity, we acknowledge the relationships to the land and all beings, the songs, stories, and teachings of the Treaty 7 signatories which include the Siksika Nation, the Piikani Nation, the Kainai Nation, the Îethka Stoney Nakoda Nation, consisting of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney Nations, and the people of the Tsuut'ina Nation. We also recognize the Métis people who call Treaty 7 their home.

Mount Royal is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning, and research experiences of the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self- identify.

About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts houses the following departments: General Education, Economics, Justice & Policy Studies, English, Languages & Cultures, Humanities, Interior Design, Psychology, and Sociology & Anthropology. It currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology currently offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree programs with majors in Sociology and Anthropology.

About the Role

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University invites applications for a Laboratory Instructor (L2) in Anthropology, which will commence on July 1, 2024, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful applicant will teach laboratories for second-year Biological Anthropology and Archeology methods classes, plus third-year laboratories on topics such as ceramics, osteology, lithics, and zooarchaeology. Additional duties may include lab manual preparation, coordination with faculty on lab curriculum, and participation in department activities.

The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:

  • MA/MSc in Anthropology, Archaeology, or cognate discipline

  • Research or professional laboratory experience working with anthropological materials including ceramic and lithic artifacts, and human and animal remains.

  • Expertise in at least one of the lab-based analyses mentioned above and a willingness to master all is a requirement. Additional analytical expertise is an asset.

  • Understanding of current ethical guidelines regarding anthropological materials

  • Teaching experience in laboratory, field setting, tutorials, or lectures. Experiential teaching is an asset.

  • Readiness to collaborate in course design and a commitment to decolonial and inclusive approaches.

  • For more information on our Department, please visit:

    https:// www.

    For more information on the Anthropology Program, please visit:

    https:// www.

    Questions should be directed to Dr. Mary-Lee Mulholland Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at (403) 440-8547 or [email protected].

    What We Offer

    Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

    At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

    Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources, and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days, and free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

    Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist, and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, and certifications for students, employees, and the public.

    Closing Date: April 22, 2024

    To Apply:

    Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter of no more than two pages describing their suitability for the position

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae

  • Names and contact information for three (3) references

  • Up to 1-page teaching philosophy statement

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student and peer evaluations of teaching if available)

  • Please title your .pdf document(s) as follows: Last Name, 997945, Document.pdf (ex. Smith, 997945, CV.pdf).

    If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify [email protected] and we will work together on the accommodation request.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

    Job details


    Senior Laboratory Instructor (L2) Anthropology


    Mount Royal University




    March 26, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 22, 2024

    Job type



    Anthropology,Arts and Culture,History,Social Science

    About the employer

    Mount Royal University is a well-established public university which was founded in 1910. This is a Canadian university which was created following a charter by the Alberta provincial government. It became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College, which offered transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972, it shifted its base to a new campus in Lincoln Park, which was previously an air force base. It is in the year 2009 that this institution was granted its university status. In 2017, this university was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are excelling in the field of social innovation and change-making. The university currently offers 12-degree programmes and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.

    This university comprises various faculties, including a number of interesting fields of study. The Arts faculty of this university teaches subjects such as economics, justice, and policy studies, English, languages, and cultures, humanities, interior design, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The Bisset School of Business of this university specialises in subjects such as accounting, aviation, finance, general management, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, social innovation and supply chain management. This university's School of Communication Studies focuses on subjects like broadcast media studies, information design, journalism and public relations.

    The university's Faculty of Health, Community and Education comprise Child Studies and Social Work, Education, Health and Physical Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology includes child studies and social work, education, health and physical education, as well as School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology features biology, chemistry and physics, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics and computing. The university also has the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. This university has numerous institutes, such as Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and International Education.

    Its centres include the Centre for Community Disaster Research, Centre for Child Well-Being and Iniskim Centre. This university also has a library - Riddell Library and Learning Centre which was opened in 2017. With a seating capacity of 1,700 people, the library comprises 34 study rooms, 3-D printing facilities, and a cafe. This university also has a huge list of notable alumni which include Indo-Canadian Singer The PropheC, classical pianist Yuja Wang, Canadian actor Kavan Smith, Emmy-winning composer Dave Pierce, professional voice actor Kirby Morrow, motivational speaker Alvin Law, professional wrestler Bret Hart, and Emmy award-winning news anchor Chris Gailus

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