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Queen's University

Employment Opportunities

Tenure-track Position - Canadian Politics (specialization open)

The Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Canadian Politics (specialization open).

The main criterion for selection is academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate must have a completed Ph.D. or be close to defending.  Performance expectations for tenure-track and tenured faculty members at Queen’s include innovative and high quality peer-assessed scholarly or creative work (which is normally demonstrated by presentation or publication in a suitable academic or artistic forum), outstanding teaching contributions and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence, as well as substantive contributions through service to the department, to the Faculty, to the University, and the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants must submit, in hard copy or electronically, a letter of application, a current c.v., the names and contact details of three referees, a writing sample, and an indication of their teaching and research interests to: Barbara Murphy, Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Studies, Room C316, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, 68 University Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, e-mail  The Department will begin reviewing applications on 2 Sept. 2014.  The starting date for the position will be July 1, 2015.

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: Department of Political Studies, Barbara Murphy, at, phone number 613-533-6226.

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 people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

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

Date of posting: 11 July 2014
Reviewing of applications begins: 2 September 2014

SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Department welcomes inquiries from students who hold, or are applying for a Social Science and Humanities Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. Please e-mail the Head of the Department and the intended supervisor for further information. 

Term Adjunct Position(s)

The Department seeks applications for the following Term Adjunct positions for the Winter 2015 term.
Please submit your application as outlined in the advertisements. Review of applications will begin on 2 September 2014.

POLS 242 – Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes
POLS 358 – Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalism
POLS 361 – Regional International Organization
POLS 456 – Theories of Identity Politics

Teaching Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

The Collective Agreement (CA) between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows at Queen's University can be found on the  Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic website.  Please ensure you become familiar with all aspects of the collective agreement. See below for Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant opportunities in our department.

Teaching Fellowships

2014-2015 Teaching Fellowship opportunities
The Department will advertise TF positions when they become available. Teaching Fellowships will be assigned in accordance to Article 12.08 of the CA.  

Advertisements are directed at current members of the PSAC 901 bargaining unit, including those who anticipate they will graduate in the coming year. 

For more information on specific courses, consult the Arts and Science Calendar for a list of Course Descriptions (POLS courses can be found under the ‘Courses of Instruction' section).

Teaching Assistantships

For the 2014-2015 academic year the Department of Political Studies will be seeking Teaching Assistants for the below listed courses. The number of TAships available for each course depends on final enrollments. For course descriptions see

Submit your Teaching Assistantship preferences by Monday, July 21, 2014 to Dianne Flint, Graduate Assistant, Room C318, Mackintosh-Corry Hall or by email 

Please see Article 12.04 of the Collective Agreement (CA) between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows and Queen's University” regarding ‘Appointment of Teaching Assistants’.

Fall Term 2014
POLS 211* - Canadian Government
POLS 243* - Comparative Politics: States and Nations
POLS 261* - International Politics
POLS 280* - Introduction to Women, Gender, and Politics
POLS 385* - Quantitative Approaches to Political Studies

Fall/Winter 2014-2015
POLS 110A & B - Introduction to Politics and Government
POLS 250A & B - Political Theory

Winter 2015
POLS 212* - Canadian Politics
POLS 242* - Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes
POLS 244* - Comparative Politics: Democracy & Democratization
POLS 262* - International Political Economy
POLS 384* - Strategies of Political Research

The primary purpose of teaching assistantships is the support of undergraduate teaching. Consequently, the academic requirements of the courses requiring TAs shall be the major consideration in assigning graduate students in the same preference group of courses. Full TAships in Political Studies normally involve 10 hours’ per week for both the fall and winter terms: therefore, if you wish a full TAship, please provide your preferences for both terms. Applications will be evaluated according to qualifications and experience as per the Collective Agreement.

For applicants in group A - please rank your course preferences by term.

For applicants in groups B, C and D - please rank your course preferences by term. As well, include in your application a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a one-paragraph statement stating your relevant experience.

Teaching Assistantships normally form part of the guaranteed minimum funding package for full-time graduate students in the Department of Political Studies. A graduate student may decline the offer of a teaching assistantship, in which case their funding package will be reduced accordingly.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University offers a ‘Teaching Development Day for Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows’ at the beginning of September for new incoming students wishing to hold Teaching Assistantships. This day-long conference is not mandatory; however, we do encourage new incoming students to participate in some or all of the sessions.

The Department of Political Studies offers training for new TAs.  This session normally takes place during the first week of September, prior to the beginning of classes. Information on this session will follow once finalized.

Note: The hours attended at all training sessions (university and department-specific) are to be included in your overall TAship hours.

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