Call for Applications: Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of the Global South

The Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the Comparative Politics of the Global South at the level of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

We seek applicants with strong research records and research potential and a demonstrated ability to undertake high-quality teaching. Within the Comparative Politics of the Global South, the area of research and teaching specialization and the geographic focus are open. The Department has a particular interest in scholars who will enhance its diversity.

The successful candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Political Science (or related field) or be able to adequately demonstrate that all Ph.D. requirements are sufficiently close to completion. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of research leading to peer-reviewed publications and the securing of external research funding, and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students.

The programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of the UBC Department of Political Science can be found here.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. While at this time we expect in-person campus interviews to take place, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require.

To apply, applicants must upload online the following materials here.

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a description of current and future research interests (maximum 2 pages);
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, interests and accomplishments (maximum 2 pages);
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summaries of teaching evaluations (official preferred), peer reviews of teaching, sample course materials);
  • a 1page statement about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and about contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion;
  • one writing sample, either published or unpublished.

Candidates invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to provide a written paper associated with their research presentation if the presentation is not based on the originally submitted writing sample.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately to the Department of Political Science, in care of Jeff Yupitun, Assistant to the Department Head, at Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at The Department of Political Science at UBC is committed to increasing Indigenous engagement within its curriculum.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.