University of Alberta

Assistant Professor in Canadian Politics

Department of Political Science

Competition No.  -    A111139712
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Canadian Politics. The Department seeks candidates with an excellent record of scholarship in Canadian Politics, especially those whose area of expertise concerns institutions and/or policy studies, broadly conceived.

This position is restricted to those with a PhD in Political Science, or a related cognate discipline. Evidence of collaboration with the public sector and/or a policy community, broadly conceived is particularly welcomed.

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: energy/environmental politics, Indigenous politics and policy, the politics of gender and sexuality, the politics of the North, migration studies, and citizenship and human rights. An ability to teach courses in qualitative or quantitative methodologies, and experience with experiential learning are assets.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta is one of the most diverse, critical and well-regarded departments of Political Science in Canada, and has a strong international record of research and teaching.  We currently have 23 full time faculty, 3.5 full time administrative staff, over 400 majors and 60 graduate students.  Faculty members work in the cognate fields of Political Science (Canadian Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Gender and Politics) and Indigenous Politics is an emerging field and strength.  Scholars interested in knowing more about our Department are invited to view our Home Page ( or to contact the Interim Chair, Lori Thorlakson (

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following, which can be addressed to the attention of Lori Thorlakson, Interim Chair, Department of Political Science:

  • a cover letter that includes highlights of your profile
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”)
  • a teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • up to three sample publications (submit as one attachment under "List of Publications" option)

Applicants are also expected to contact three references and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in Political Science, Sharina Prasad, at The subject line should read 'A111139712 REFERENCE'.

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 in your application.

The posting will remain open until filled, but the review of applications will start on September 30, 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.