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Teaching Assistantship Opportunity (Winter 2018)

ENGL 487 Speculative Fiction

A Teaching Assistant is sought for this upper-year seminar participating in the Cognitive Assessment Redesign project at Queen’s.  The commitment is for 102 hours during Winter term, 2018, with remuneration at the current TA rate (totalling something over $4,000 plus benefits).  Duties include regular course attendance and assistance with small group discussion in classroom, assessment of student written assignments, student contact time, and management meetings.  Qualifications include an interest in science fiction or fantasy writing, preparedness to assist students knowledgably with course material, and a willingness to teach with the resources of an Active Learning classroom.  The course slot is Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

To apply, please submit a cover statement and attached CV to Prof. Glenn Willmott at by noon on Friday, October 6, 2017.  Preference will be given to applicants in accordance with the PSAC 901.1 Collective Agreement (12.04).

Course description:

Why are contemporary writers breaking down boundaries between serious literature and science fiction?  No doubt, our everyday world is becoming more “science fictional” than ever, with a luxurious and risky permeation of our lives by technology and manufactured environments, and with a morally and spiritually bewildering storm of scientific knowledge about nature and about ourselves.  How do we live safely, writer Charles Yu has asked, in such a world?  Writers of all kinds can no longer avoid this question, so this course is not a traditional sci-fi genre survey.  We will study the impact of modern knowledge of natural history, natural sciences, and technology on the literary imagination of selfhood, morality, love, and politics – in both classic genre fiction and, especially, in recent non-genre literature with a “science fictional” turn.  Evaluation based on group seminar assignments, individual presentation assignments, final examination, attendance and participation.

Posted: September 20, 2017.


Tenure-Track Appointment in
African American Literary Studies

The Department of English Language and Literature (Faculty of Arts and Science) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in African American literary studies, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2018.

Candidates with expertise in critical or comparative race studies are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with a demonstrated ability to situate their research and teaching in broader regional or disciplinary contexts, such as hemispheric/transnational studies, diaspora/migration studies, and/or urban/ethnic studies.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment; in order to be considered for the position applicants not yet holding the degree must have a scheduled defence date. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available);
  • a writing sample of an article or chapter length; and,
  • three letters of reference addressed to Dr. Shelley King, Head, Department of English Language and Literature and emailed directly to Karen Donnelly at

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to Karen Donnelly at, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Dr. Shelley King
Professor and Head
Department of English Language and Literature
4th Floor, John Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Karen Donnelly in the Department of English at, phone number 613-533-6000 Ext. 74445. 

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at  and at

Posted: August 23, 2017.