University of Alberta

Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

Dean Of Arts

Competition No.  -    A107340115
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS). The successful candidate will take up a tenure-stream appointment in an appropriate Department within the Faculty of Arts and assume the role of Director of CIUS for a five-year, potentially renewable term.

Since 1976, CIUS has helped define the direction and pace of development of Ukrainian studies not only in North America, but also in Europe and Ukraine. Thanks to endowments with a book value of more than $17 million, as well as generous donations by members of the Ukrainian community, CIUS has an operating budget that in 2018/19 totaled over $3.2 million. The Institute has a number of important centres, programs, and research and publishing undertakings. These include:

  • Research Centres & Programs: Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP); Struk Program in Ukrainian Literature; Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine; Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre; Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research; Religion and Culture Program; Ukrainian Language Education Centre (ULEC); Holodomor Research & Education Consortium (HREC)
  • Publishing: CIUS Press; East/West Journal; Ukraina Moderna, Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine
  • Conferences, lectures, seminar series
  • Awards & grants: Research grants; publication grants; visiting researchers and postdoctoral fellows; student scholarships and fellowships, travel grants; award in Ukrainian studies
  • Working with Ukrainian community groups on a broad range of academic and cultural outreach activities

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and collegial leadership in a team environment
  • Community outreach and engagement experience, including fundraising
  • Demonstrated breadth of experience with Ukrainian studies
  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to engage Ukrainian community in Canada
  • Demonstrated administrative and academic leadership skills, including providing leadership in financial planning and human resources
  • Record of research excellence in relevant field(s) of scholarship
  • Capacity to contribute to teaching in relevant Department
  • Fluency in Ukrainian language
  • Appropriate Educational background (PhD, with relevant research)
  • Experience dealing with academic institutions in Ukraine
  • Willingness to take an active part in the life of the university community

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University serves over 39,000 students in almost 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and is one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada ( The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million.

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales: This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at

Apply online by submitting:

  • a detailed cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate's career and qualifications, a statement with regard to their interest in this position, and a list of the names of the three referees who have been asked to submit letters of reference (see below for more information regarding letters of reference)
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a research statement that outlines the applicant's main areas of current and future research (submit under "Research Plan")

Applicants are further expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them send their letters of reference addressed to the Dean of Arts, Dr. Lesley Cormack, and sent to ( Please enter “Reference Letter – Director, CIUS" in the subject line.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203 (3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

Review of applications will start on November 15, 2019. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.